Evans and Leon lead Panthers to non-conference win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Courtney Evans (Fairbanks, Alaska) and senior Olivia Leon (Natick, Mass.) tallied a goal and an assist apiece Friday evening as Plymouth State University defeated Becker College, 5-1, in a non-conference women's ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink.
The visitors scored the only goal of the first period but PSU bounced back with two goals in the middle frame and put the game away with a three-goal third period. The Panthers improve to 3-6 overall while the Hawks, in their first season as a varsity program, drop to 1-8.
Freshman Gina Beth Manganiello (Peabody, Mass.) opened the scoring for Becker with three minutes remaining in the first period, scoring an unassisted marker while her team was two-skaters down on a 5-on-3 situation. She broke in alone from her own blue line after breaking up the play, and fired a shot in off the right post.
PSU freshman Christina D'Alessandro (Bloomfield, N.J.) notched her first career goal two minutes into the second period to tie the score at 1-1, firing a shot from the point that went into the top left corner of the net past a screened goaltender. The Panthers took the lead midway through the frame when freshman Kelsey Roy (Fort Collins, Colo.) potted her second of the season in what turned out to be the game-winner.
Plymouth State tacked on three goals in the final stanza, including the first two on power play opportunities. Leon scored on a rebound at 10:45 after the goalie made the initial save on a shot by Evans, and Evans followed six minutes later after a nice game-and-go with junior Haley Branovan (Canandaigua, N.Y.) Freshman Taylor Jackson (St. Albans, Vt.) finished off the scoring in the final minute for the 5-1 final.
Freshman Emelie Lindqvist (Gullerasen, Sweden) earned the win in goal for PSU, making 15 saves. Freshman Madison Rigsby (O'Fallon, Mo.) made 29 saves for Becker as the Panthers had a 34-16 advantage in shots on goal.
PSU is back on the ice Saturday at 6:00 p.m. with a non-conference game at Salem State University, another first-year varsity program. Becker skates again next Friday, Dec. 11, at New England College.
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