Southern Maine edges PSU Women’s Ice Hockey

Panthers to host Nichols Saturday on Senior Day

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Cassandra Sherman (North Smithfield, R.I.) broke a scoreless tie with 6:55 remaining in the third period Friday evening and the University of Southern Maine went on to a 2-0 victory over Plymouth State University in an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women's East ice hockey game at Hanaway RInk.

            Sherman received the puck near the left circle and snapped a wrist shot that went top left, connecting on her third goal of the season. Sophomore Lynn Kozlowski (Stoneham, Mass.) and freshman Jess Avery (Kingston, N.S.) did some solid work in the left corner to set up the play and earned assists on the game-winner.

            Kozlowski followed less than two minutes later with an insurance power play goal for the Huskies, firing a shot from the slot that found the left side of the goal. PSU pulled its goalie with more than four minutes remaining but could not get on the scoreboard.

            Junior goaltender Nia Kelly (Santa Rosa, Calif.) made 16 saves in the Husky goal for her first win of the season (1-3-3) and her second career shutout. PSU junior Alyssa Altschuler (Cheshire, Conn.) turned aside 17 shots in the Panther net but suffered the setback.

            PSU had a 4-3 advantage in shots in a scoreless first period, but USM had the two best scoring opportunities, both by sophomore Katie Couture (Harrisville, R.I.). She was stoned on a breakaway by Altschuler just three minutes into the game, and Couture rang one off the post 10 minutes later.

            Plymouth State managed just one shot on goal in the scoreless second period while the visitors got off 11 attempts, several coming on their two power play opportunities.  Neither team had any good chances in the third period until Sherman potted the game-winner.

            Both teams wrap up the regular season with Senior Day conference home games on Saturday, as PSU hosts Nichols College at 2:00 p.m. at Hanaway Rink and USM returns home to host Franklin Pierce University at 1:00 p.m.  

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