Petito makes career-high 35 saves in loss
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Olivia Petito (St. Augustine, Fla.) made a career-high 35 saves in her first start for Plymouth State University, but Trinity College skated to a 3-0 win over the Panthers in a non-conference women's ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink on Monday night.
Trinity took a 1-0 lead late in the first period, but Plymouth State nearly had the equalizer in the final seconds of the period. PSU had a couple of near misses in the middle stanza and the Bantams found the back of the net twice in the frame to push the advantage to 3-0 and neither team was able to light the lamp in the final 20 minutes.
With the setback Plymouth State drops to 3-9-0, while Trinity moves to 5-3-2.
Plymouth State 0, Trinity 3
Plymouth State (3-9-0)
How it Happened:
- Trinity applied consistent pressure to open the first period, but Petito was up to the challenge, making multiple impressive stops.
- The Bantams broke through at the 15:56 mark when senior Taylor Foy (Highlands Rach, Colo.) carried the puck up ice and whipped a wrist shot high to the glove side.
- PSU nearly had the equalizer just before the end of the first period when senior Amanda McPherson (Livonia, Mich.) tipped a shot from the point, but freshman Stephanie Garvis (Plymouth, Minn.) was able to make a blocker save.
- Trinity doubled the lead early in the second period when freshman Ethel Wilhelmsson (Stockholm, Sweden) took a quick shot off a faceoff win and found the top right corner.
- Plymouth State had a prime opportunity to cut into the deficit with a long 5-on-3 power play, but senior Alexis Fagan (Burrillville, R.I.) had her redirection of a shot from classmate Julie Nagel (Canton, Mass.) sit just in front of the goal line before the puck was cleared away.
- Freshman Chantelle Ross (Ottawa, Ontario) had a chance inside the 13-minute mark as she had the goalie beat on a breakaway, but her backhand bid went off the post.
- The Bantams pushed the lead to 3-0 with a power play strike off the stick of junior Camille von Steinbergs (Minnetonka, Minn.).
- The action went back and forth in the third period, but neither team was able to score.
Inside the Numbers:
- Fagan had a team-high three shots for the Panthers.
- Von Steinbergs notched a goal and an assist for a two-point night for Trinity.
- Petito dropped to 0-1-0 despite her 35 saves.
- Garvis turned aside all 19 shots she faced to improve to 2-0-1.
- Trinity held a 38-19 edge in shots.
- PSU went 0-for-6 on the power play, while the Bantams were successful on 1-of-7 opportunities.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"I love playing these hard teams and getting the competitiveness out there so when we get back into league play it helps us out a little bit," said head coach Mykul Haun. "I really like the way our game's going and our effort on the ice tonight."
- Plymouth State continues its stretch of seven straight home games on Friday (Jan. 10) with a non-conference match-up against Nazareth. Puck drop is set for 3:30 p.m.
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