Trupp makes 36 saves for Panthers
WINCHENDON, Mass. – Franklin Pierce University scored a pair of first-period goals Friday evening and went on to post a 3-0 victory over Plymouth State University in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's game at the Jason Ritchie Ice Arena.
The Ravens finished with a 35-16 advantage in shots on goal, scoring once on two power play opportunities. The Panthers had six chances with an extra skater, but could not get the puck past Raven senior goaltender Shannon O'Neil (Tewksbury, Mass.), who stopped all 16 shots she faced to pick up the win (10-3-1) and post her 12th career shutout.
New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Women's Ice Hockey
at Jason Ritchie Ice Arena, Winchendon, Mass. – Friday, Jan. 27, 2017
Franklin Pierce 3, Plymouth State 0
PSU 7-10-2, 3-7-1 NEHC; FPU 12-4-1, 8-3-0 NEHC
* The Panthers got a solid performance from junior goaltender Mariah Trupp (Topeka, Kan.), who made 32 saves on 35 shots.
* Senior forward Alysha Raimo (Fitchburg, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal for the Ravens and later added an assist.
* Franklin Pierce got the only goal it would need just 6:12 into the proceedings. From the right-wing side, freshman Kayla Trujillo (Pueblo, Colo.) sent the puck to the left point for freshman Bridgette Prentiss (Buffalo, N.Y.), who quickly sent it to the bottom of the left circle for Raimo, who put her fifth goal of the season in on the short side.
* The Ravens needed just seven seconds to cash in on a power-play opportunity late in the period. Prentiss played a role again, sending the puck from the left point to senior Michelle Holmes (Goffstown, N.H.) at the bottom of the left circle. Holmes would then send a centering feed to junior Hailee Craig (Canton, Mich.), who buried her sixth of the campaign from between the hash marks.
* The final goal of the night came 3:14 into the third period. Trujillo pushed the puck out of the defensive end, allowing senior Marisa Ketterman (Palmer, Alaska) to steam up the left wing and lead a rush into the offensive end. She slipped a centering pass to Raimo, who had her shot turned aside by Trupp. However, Ketterman quickly salted the rebound into the vacant net for her ninth goal of the year.
* The Ravens return to the ice on Saturday, Jan. 28, when they face Manhattanville in an NEHC contest at 3 p.m. at Playland Ice Casino in Rye, N.Y.
* PSU is idle on Saturday before playing its next three games on home ice, beginning next Friday, Feb. 3, vs. the University of Southern Maine (6:00 p.m.)
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