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PSU Women’s Ice Hockey opens season with tie at Buffalo State

PSU Women’s Ice Hockey opens season with tie at Buffalo State

Hickey leads Panthers with two goals and an assist

            BUFFALO, N.Y. – Junior Shannon Hickey (Arlington, Mass.) tallied two goals and an assist Friday evening, including the game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation, as the Plymouth State University women's ice hockey team opened the season with a 4-4 overtime deadlock at Buffalo State University in the Bengals Invitational.

            Buffalo State held four one-goal leads in the game, which was the season opener for both schools, but each time the Panthers came back to tie. It was 1-1 after one period, 2-2 after two and 4-4 at the end of regulation. The game marked the collegiate coaching debut of PSU rookie head coach Mykul Haun.

THE BASICS

Buffalo State Ice Arena, Buffalo, N.Y. – Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

Plymouth State 4, BUffalo State 4 (OT)

Records:

PSU 0-0-1; BSU 0-0-1 

HIGHLIGHTS

* Erin Gehen (W. Seneca, N.Y.) put the home team on the board just 18 seconds into the game, but PSU came back to tie the game at the 6:47 mark on a power play goal by freshman Kailey Jacobs (Westwood, Mass.), assisted by classmates Caitlin Connor (Bow, N.H.) and Amanda McPherson (Livonia, Mich.)

* Madeline Kromer (Angola, N.Y.) put the Bengals back in front with a power play goal at 13:12 of the second period, but Hickey tallied her first goal of the night for PSU just 78 seconds later, with assists from McPherson and sophomore Mackenzie Kennedy (Brea, Calif.)

* Buffalo State went ahead for third time with a short-handed goal at 8:44 of the third period, but sophomore Taylor Jackson (St. Albans, Vt.) evened the score at 3-3 at the 13:15 mark, with assists from Connor and Hickey.

* The Bengals took their final lead with just 5:07 remaining on a goal by Jessica Carter and looked headed for victory. The Panthers pulled their goalie in the final minute, and got the tying goal with 18 seconds on the clock from Hickey in the front of the crease, assisted by senior Haley Branovan (Canandaigua, N.Y.) and Connor, who finished with three assists.

* Buffalo State outshot Plymouth State 28-19 for the game, including 14-3 in the second period.

* PSU sophomore goalie Emelie Lindqvist (Gulleråsen, Sweden) made 24 saves in the PSU goal, while Justine Silva (Baldwin Park, Calif.) finished with 15 saves for the Bengals.

* Morrisville State dominated Nichols in the tournament's opening game, winning 9-0, and outshooting the Bison, 61-5. 

NEXT GAME

The tournament continues Saturday as Plymouth State faces Morrisville in the early game at 1:00 p.m. and Buffalo State battles Nichols at 4:30 p.m.

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