Lynch's late goal helps Panthers finish off 2-0 weekend
RUTLAND, Vt. – Senior Kelsey Lynch (Collegeville, Pa.) scored the game-winning goal with eight minutes remaining in the third period Saturday afternoon as the Plymouth State University women's ice hockey team stunned nationally-ranked Castleton University, 3-2, at Spartan Arena.
The Panthers complete a 2-0 weekend and are now 8-13-0 overall and 4-9-0 in New England Hockey Conference play. Castleton, ranked #7 by D3hockey.com and #10 by USCHO.com, falls to 14-5-2 overall, including a 9-3-1 mark in NEHC action.
Plymouth State got out to a first period lead, striking just shy of 12 minutes into the contest. Freshman Brooke Maggy (Alhambra, Calif.) forced a turnover at her defensive blue line that sprung a breakaway for herself before skating in on goalie Jess Cameron. The freshman faked right before deking left and slipping it inside the left post to put the visitors up 1-0.
The Spartans came out looking to draw the game even in the second period, and did just that when Hannah Rose buried a rebound on a shot from Anna Daniels. The two forwards drove the net on a two-on-one break, where Daniels put a shot on goal. After a pad save by Emelie Lindqvist (Gullerasen, Sweden) Rose was there to knock the puck over the line to even the score at 1-1. Three minutes later, the Spartans would take their first lead of the game, when Jocelyn Forrest found Ashley Pelkey, who slid the puck under Lindqvist's pads for the 2-1 edge.
With time winding down in the second period, a Spartan turnover in the neutral zone led to a premium scoring chance for PSU, which took full advantage. Junior Haley Branovan (Canandaigua, N.Y.) lit the lamp for the first time this season with just 20 seconds remaining in the middle period to even the contest at 2-2.
The two sides played a back-and-forth contest for the first segment of the third period. The Panthers would crack the Spartan defense at 11:39 of the final frame, when Lynch potted the eventual game-winner for her squad. Castleton pulled its goalie with 1:12 remaining in favor of an extra attacker, however the attempt was unsuccessful.
Cameron stopped 25 shots in her fifth loss of the season for Castleton, while Lindqvist picked up her seventh win with a 41-save performance.
The Spartans' heavy shot advantage didn't translate into success on the scoreboard, as Castleton outshot Plymouth State 43-25 on the day. The Spartans also held a 42-15 advantage at the face-off dot while killing both Panther power plays.
Castleton is back in action on Friday, February 12, when it hosts the University of New England at 4:00 p.m. PSU looks to extend its win streak Tuesday at Hanaway Rink (6:00 p.m.) in a make-up game vs. Salve Regina University.
(Courtesy of Castleton Sports Information)
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