Late goals lift PSU Women’s Ice Hockey past Southern Maine

Late goals lift PSU Women’s Ice Hockey past Southern Maine

Auby, Hickey lead Panthers to conference win over Huskies

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Emily Auby (Stoughton, Wisc.) scored the game-winning goal with two minutes and 50 seconds left in the third period Friday evening and Plymouth State University went on to a 3-1 victory over the University of Southern Maine in a women's New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) game at Hanaway Rink.

            Sophomore Shannon Hickey (Arlington, Mass.) added an insurance goal with 15 seconds remaining as PSU stopped a seven-game skid and improved to 7-13 overall and 3-9 in conference play. Freshman goalie Emelie Lindqvist (Gullerason, Sweden) made 23 saves on 24 shots to earn the win and even her record at 6-6.

            The Huskies got a second-period goal from senior Cassandra Sherman (North Smithfield, R.I.) and 29 saves from freshman goalie Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.) but dropped to 2-15-2 overall and 1-9-2 in the NEHC.

            Sherman broke a scoreless tie for USM two minutes into the second period, collecting a loose puck after a blocked shot by freshman Tawni Mohler (McCall, Idaho) and scoring her sixth goal of the season.

            PSU got the equalizer with six and a half minutes to go in the middle frame as senior Marisa Zamrock (Lewiston, Maine) converted a crossing pass in front after some digging along the boards by junior Lauren Connelly (Braintree, Mass.) and freshman Mackenzie Kennedy (Brea, Calif.).

            With the score still tied 1-1 in the third period and overtime looming, PSU pulled ahead on Auby's goal with less than three minutes remaining. Sophomore Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) set up the play with a strong drive to the net against the USM defense, and Auby collected a loose puck and fired it past a screened goaltender.

            Hickey's insurance goal in the final minute came after Evangelista made point-blank range saves against Auby and junior Haley Branovan (Canandaigua, N.Y.)

            Both teams play NEHC games on Saturday as PSU travels to nationally-ranked Castleton University for a 4:00 face-off and Southern Maine returns home to host Nichols College for a 1:00 p.m. start. 

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