PSU Women’s Ice Hockey blanked by Saint Michael’s in NEHC debut

PSU Women’s Ice Hockey blanked by Saint Michael’s in NEHC debut

Panthers to host UMass Boston in home opener Saturday

            SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – Junior Abby Burke (Bedford, Mass.) made 19 saves Friday evening and the Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team netted goals in the first and third periods to defeat Plymouth State University, 2-0, in the New England Hockey Conference opener for both teams at Cairns Arena.

            The Purple Knights, winners of their first conference opener since 2007, improve to 1-1-1 overall, while the Panthers slip to 0-3 and 0-1. Saint Michael's topped Plymouth State for the first time since Nov. 10, 2012.

            Senior Amanda Kempainen (Chazy, N.Y.) and junior Tori Hubbard (Saint Albans, Vt.) both scored for Saint Michael's, with Hubbard registering her first career goal. Senior Emily Loebs (Acton, Mass.), juniors Tori Dinger (Norwell, Mass.) and Erin Dwyer (Weymouth, Mass.) and sophomore Jillian Witwicki (Danvers, Mass.) each had an assist. Burke's 19 stops secured her first career shutout.

            Senior Alyssa Altschuler (Cheshire, Conn.) collected 31 saves for Plymouth State, while classmate Kelsey Lynch (Collegeville, Pa.) was 7-for-10 on face-offs.

            Saint Michael's held a 9-6 shot advantage through the opening period.  Plymouth State senior Marisa Zamrock's (Lewiston, Maine) shot from the left circle at 6:10, was gobbled up by Burke. Burke made a glove save on junior Frederike Brazeau-Lalonde (Thetford Mines, Quebec) two minutes later. The Purple Knights then tacked on a goal at 13:54 when Hubbard tapped in the loose puck to the left side off a rebound following Loebs' point shot.

            Burke was tested early in the second period, denying freshman Taylor Jackson (Saint Albans, Vt.) and junior Emily Auby (Stoughton, Wis.) on shots in the opening three minutes. Hubbard then raced down the left side at 6:45 before sending a waist-high shot on Altschuler that was snagged. Kempainen and Witwicki were then rejected on back-to-back shots with 5:30 before Avery, Dwyer and junior Lauren Cuculino (Glen Mills, Pa.) were stopped in the final minute.

            Altschuler made a kick save on Loebs at 8:40 of the third period, before Kempainen rang a shot off the left post on the ensuing rebound. Five minutes later, Wiwticki fed a cross ice pass from the left side to Kempainen, who picked the top right corner to give Saint Michael's a 2-0 lead. Plymouth State senior Olivia Leon (Natick, Mass.) posted the team's final shot with just under one minute remaining, as Altschuler was pulled for the extra attacker in the closing seconds.

            PSU returns home to host the University of Massachusetts Boston Saturday in the home opener at Hanaway Rink (2:00 p.m.) Saint Michael's hosts Saint Anselm College in another NEHC contest on Saturday at 1 p.m.

(Courtesy of Saint Michael's Sports Information)

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