PSU Women’s Ice Hockey falls to D-I Franklin Pierce

PSU Women’s Ice Hockey falls to D-I Franklin Pierce

Petito logs career-best 51 saves in setback 

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore goaltender Olivia Petito (St. Augustine, Fla.) stopped a career-high 51 shots, but NCAA Division I Franklin Pierce University used five power play goals to top Plymouth State University, 6-2, in a non-conference women's ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink on Friday night.

            The Ravens scored a pair of power play goals in the first period, but Plymouth State rallied back to tide the game with 5:18 left in the second. FPU went right back in front with another power play strike, then added three unanswered goals in the final stanza to seal the game.

            PSU falls to 3-11-0 with the setback, while Franklin Pierce improves to 15-6-0.


            The Basics:

            Plymouth State 2, Franklin Pierce 6


            Plymouth State (3-11-0)

            Franklin Pierce (15-6-0)


            How it Happened:

  • Plymouth State had a great scoring chance on the power play eight minutes into the first period when senior Alexis Fagan (Burrillville, R.I.) skated through the zone, but her backhanded bid was gloved by Ravens' sophomore goaltender Emme Ostrander (Westborough, Mass.).
  • The Ravens got on the board first with a power play goal at the 15:55 mark when junior Marissa Massaro (Brockton, Mass.) knocked home the rebound off a shot from freshman Katelyn Brightbill (Annville, Pa.).
  • Franklin Pierce doubled its lead with another power play strike two minutes later when senior Bridgette Prentiss (Buffalo, N.Y.) whipped a wrist shot from the near side off a cross-ice pass from freshman Stefanie Caban (Fitchburg, Mass.).
  • PSU cut the margin in half early in the second period as senior Caitlin Connor (Bow, N.H.) batted home the rebound of a Julie Nagel (Canton, Mass.) shot at the 3:22 mark.
  • The Panthers pulled even with 5:18 left in the period when sophomore Hannah Bradshaw (Traverse City, Mich.) skated into the offensive zone along the farside boards before firing a laser to the back of the net.
  • Franklin Pierce wasted little time restoring the lead, however, cashing in for its third power play score of the night when Prentiss' low-angle shot went off Petito's blocker and in.
  • The Ravens pushed the margin to two with yet another power play tally midway through the third period when senior Delaney Guimont (Bedford, N.H.) parked in front of the net before poking in a rebound from Prentiss.
  • Prentiss completed the hat trick to give FPU some insurance when she scored on a delayed penalty at the 14:43 mark.
  • Freshman Cassidy Jones (Stillwater, Minn.) capped the scoring with an empty net goal with 2:01 left to play.


            Inside the Numbers:

  • Nagel's assist gives her the team lead with 13 points, while Connor is now tied for second with 12 on the year.
  • Senior Amanda McPherson (Livonia, Mich.) notched her team-leading eighth assist of the year.
  • Petito's previous career high of 35 saves came in her last start (Jan. 6), in a setback to Trinity. She falls to 0-2-0 with the loss.
  • Ostrander improved to 11-6-0 after making 18 stops for Franklin Pierce.
  • Prentiss had a hand in five of the Ravens' six goals. She finished the night with three goals and two assists.


            Up Next:

  • PSU hosts #6 Norwich University on a New England Hockey Conference game on Scouts' Day on Saturday (Jan. 18) at 1:45 p.m.



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