Connelly and Leon score goals for Panthers
WORCESTER, Mass. – The College of Holy Cross posted a 6-2 victory over Plymouth State University Friday evening in a women's New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) contest at the Hart Center.
Freshmen Sam Girard and Danielle Doherty each registered three points for the Crusaders, while sophomore Emily Lissner, freshman Amanda Kewer and junior Izzy Bagi each tallied two points. Holy Cross improved to 5-2 overall and 3-2 in the NEHC.
Freshman Julie Matthias got the Crusaders on the board first, as she scored off a faceoff win by sophomore Emily Lissner at 2:40 of the first period. Senior Mackenzie Boardman made it 2-0 as she fired home a shot on the power play at 4:12 of the first, and sophomore Lauren Abbenante found the back of the net to make it 3-0 Holy Cross at 18:23 of the period.
Plymouth State got on the board in the closing minutes as sophomore Shannon Hickey (Arlington, Mass.) stole the puck in the Crusaders zone and found Connelly in front of the net who scored with 17 seconds remaining in the period.
Freshman Danielle Doherty made it 4-1 Holy Cross as she knocked in a rebound opportunity at 12:02 of the second period. Classmate Sam Girard fired a shot from the high slot that made it 5-1.
Girard scored her second goal of the game at 8:13 of the third period, making it 6-1. Leon made it 6-2 as she found the back of the net on the power play for the Panthers at 16:48 of the third period.
Freshman Alex Barnes stopped 16 shots in net for Holy Cross to earn the win. Freshman Emelie Lindqvist (Gullerasen, Sweden) stopped three shots for PSU in the first five minutes of the game, while sophomore Mariah Trupp (Topeka, Kansas) stopped 29 shots in the remaining 55 minutes.
Both teams continue NEHC action Saturday, the Panthers hosting New England College for a 2:00 p.m. face-off at Hanaway Rink and the Crusaders hosting Saint Michael's College for a 5:05 p.m. start.
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