Connor scores twice in non-conference setback
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Senior Caitlin Connor (Bow, N.H.) notched a pair of goals, but Wesleyan University used two unanswered goals to earn a 4-2 win over Plymouth State University in a non-conference women's ice hockey game at Spurrier-Snyder Rink on Saturday afternoon.
Connor put Plymouth State on top early in the first period, but the Cardinals answered with back-to-back tallies for a 2-1 lead at the first intermission. Connor's second of the afternoon squared the game at 2-2, but the hosts scored just over a minute later to regain the lead and Wesleyan added a third period insurance marker to seal the win.
With the setback the Panthers fall to 3-7-0, while Wesleyan improves to 4-3-0.
Plymouth State 2, Wesleyan 4
Plymouth State (3-7-0)
How it Happened:
- Connor helped the Panthers to an early lead just 2:17 into the game. Senior Amanda McPherson (Livonia, Mich.) sent a pass from the defensive zone ahead of Connor, who found the back of the net on a breakaway.
- Wesleyan responded at the 5:38 mark when Sophia Marra redirected a shot from Sydnee Goyer to knot the game at 1-1.
- The Cardinals took advantage of a power play at 15:39 to take a 2-1 lead when Audrey McMahon tipped in a shot by Maggie Curran.
- Out of the intermission, Plymouth State evened the game at 2-2 when Connor one-timed a rebound off a shot from senior Alexis Fagan (Burrillville, R.I.) at 7:58.
- Wesleyan regained the lead at the 13:16 mark. With the teams skating a four-on-four, Cali Stevens sent a pass to McMahon who beat a PSU defender and tucked the puck inside the left pipe for a 3-2 edge heading into the break.
- The hosts added some insurance when Allie Damren scored on a one-timer at the 13:10 mark of the third period.
Inside the Numbers:
- Connor posted her third straight two-point game.
- Despite taking the loss, freshman Becca Bridge (Gadsby, Alberta) was strong between the pipes with 42 saves. She moves to 3-7-0 on the year.
- Sam Smith picked up the win for the Cardinals, moving to 3-0-0 after making 13 saves.
- Wesleyan went 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Panthers were held scoreless in three chances.
- Wesleyan owned a 46-15 advantage in shots.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"We played a great weekend of hockey," said head coach Mykul Haun. "Unfortunately we were not able to garner any wins for our efforts. Our record does not indicate what great hockey we have accomplished this semester. Caitlin [Connor] came out from the jump and was impressive. We had consistent line match-ups throughout the weekend and everyone contributed for a complete team effort."
- The Panthers are off until Jan. 5 when they head to Colby College for a non-conference clash with the Mules.
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