PSU Women’s Ice Hockey falls to Franklin Pierce

PSU Women’s Ice Hockey falls to Franklin Pierce

Altschuler makes 47 saves for Panthers; Lynch scores lone goal

            WINCHENDON, Mass. – Freshman Alex Brolsma (Bloomington, Minn.) scored twice for her second multiple-goal game of the season Friday night, and three third-period goals helped the Franklin Pierce University women's ice hockey team to a 5-1 win over Plymouth State University in ECAC East play at Jason Ritchie Ice Arena.

            Junior goaltender Alyssa Altschuler (Cheshire, Conn.) piled up 47 saves in defeat for Plymouth State. Junior Kelsey Lynch (Collegeville, Pa.) tallied the lone Panther goal on a first-period power play.

            Franklin Pierce improves to 16-5-1 overall (10-4-0 ECAC East), while PSU falls to 3-18-2 overall (3-11-1 ECAC East). It was the final home game of the season for Franklin Pierce, which finishes 10-2-1 over 13 games at the Jason Ritchie Ice Arena. The Ravens are 22-2-1 over 25 games on home ice over the last two seasons.

            Plymouth State scored the first period's only goal on the power play at the 15:46 mark. Senior Kelsey Cosby (Walpole, Mass.) fed the puck from the left side across the slot to Lynch in the right-wing circle; Lynch picked the top-left corner from there for her third of the season. Sophomore Haley Branovan (Pittsburgh, Pa.) tallied an assist on the play as well.

            From there, it was five unanswered goals for Franklin Pierce over the final 40 minutes, starting with a pair of second-period scores. Junior Bryana Harron (Woburn, Mass.) and sophomore Marisa Ketterman (Palmer, Alaska) teamed to work the puck into the slot for their line mate, Brolsma. who put the shot on net from between the hash marks, and the puck hit Altschuler's stick, popped up in the air, drifted over her head and fell into the goal for Brolsma's sixth goal of the campaign at 5:06.

            Sophomore Alysha Raimo (Fitchburg, Mass.), a transfer from PSU, struck for the eventual game-winner at the 16:41 mark of the middle stanza. Raimo finished off the rebound amid a scramble out front for her third goal of the year.

            The Ravens tacked on a trio of insurance markers in the third period, beginning with Brolsma's second of the night at 7:25. Ketterman and junior Sarah Sheils (Pittsburgh, Pa.) worked to get the puck across the slot and to the edge of the left circle for Brolsma, who took a wrist shot back against the grain and picked the top-right corner of the net.

            Franklin Pierce struck just six seconds into a power play just over two minutes later. Brolsma won the offensive-zone faceoff to junior Hayley Arnold (Barre, Vt.), and both picked up assists on Harron's fourth goal of the season. Baker capped the scoring with another power-play marker at 13:03.

            Sophomore goaltender Noelle White (Corona, Calif.) finished with 20 saves against 21 shots to pick up the win (10-2-0) in goal for Franklin Pierce. Altschuler piled up a career-best 47 saves against 52 shots, but was stuck with the loss (3-12-1) for Plymouth State.

            The Ravens return to the ice on Saturday when they travel to Manhattanville for an ECAC East contest. PSU returns home for its final two games of the regular season at Hanaway Rink, hosting the University of Southern Maine on Friday, Jan. 20, and Nichols College on Senior Day on Saturday, Feb. 21.

(Courtesy of Franklin Pierce Sports Information)

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