Leon, Altschuler provide highlights for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University and the University of New England played an evenly-matched women's ice hockey game Saturday afternoon, and the two teams finished in a 1-1 tie in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women's East action at Hanaway Rink.
Shots on goal were nearly equal, with the home team posting a 32-31 advantage for the game. The visiting Nor'easters took the lead midway through the first period, and the Panthers scored the equalizer four minutes into the second stanza, and the goalies did the rest, keeping the teams off the scoreboard over the final 40 minutes of play.
Junior Alyssa Altschuler (Cheshire, Conn.) was strong in the PSU goal with 30 saves, while UNE sophomore Sydney Helmbrecht (Grand Rapids, Minn.) stopped 31 shots at the other end.
PSU is now 3-15-2 overall and 3-8-1 in the ECAC East, while UNE is 4-11-4 overall and 1-8-2 against the conference.
Sophomore Gabby Crugnale (Malden, Mass.) capitalized on a Panther turnover with nine minutes remaining in the first period, collecting the puck and sliding a backhander past Altschuler just inside the right post for her third goal of the season. UNE had a 13-7 advantage in shots in the penalty-free first period and held a 1-0 lead.
Junior Olivia Leon (Natick, Mass.) put PSU on the board with a power play goal early in the second frame, knocking in a loose puck just over the goal line for her third of the season, with assists from freshman Courtney Evans (Fairbanks, Alaska) and junior Kelsey Lynch (Collegeville, Pa.).
That ended up as the extent of the scoring. Each team had one additional power play attempt in the second period, as there were just three penalties called in the game. PSU had a 16-9 advantage in second-period shots while UNE had an 8-6 margin in the third period.
Plymouth State got three shots off in the extra session, while UNE sophomore Emily Corrales (West Hartford, Conn.) had an attempt from point-blank range in the final minute that was stopped by Altschuler.
Both teams continue ECAC East conference action next Friday, the Panthers traveling to the University of Southern Maine for a 4:00 p.m. face-off and the Nor'Easters visiting Holy Cross College for a 7:00 p.m. start.
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