PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Led by Ali Ponte's 37 saves and a three goal run in the second period Plymouth State University defeated women's hockey by the final of 4-3 Friday evening at Hanaway Rink in an ECAC East conference game.
After a scoreless first period, the Panthers (5-17-2, 3-10-2 ECAC East) got on the scoreboard 50 seconds into the second on a power-play score from Olivia Leon. They would then tack on two goals in less than two minutes to take a 3-0 minute with eight minutes to play before the second intermission.
Kelsey MacIsaac (Durham, N.H.) ended the Beacons (10-10-4, 6-8-1 ECAC East) scoring drought at 16:28 on the first of two Beacons power-play goals in Friday's contest. Katie Loiselle (Glocester, R.I.) picked-up an assist on the play. By the end of the second period the Beacons had outshot the Panthers 22-11, but still trailed by two going into the final 20 minutes of play.
In the third the Beacons kicked-up the intensity scoring their second goal of the night three minutes in to make it just a one score affair. Alyssa Sullivan (Medford, Mass.) fired home her fifth goal of the year, with Alexa Cappione (Massena, N.Y.) and Kayla Kiernan (North Smithfield, R.I.) each getting an assist.
Four minutes later Kelsey Lynch pushed the Panthers lead back to two goals, with her goal also ending up as the game clincher. The Beacons did get their third goal with plenty of time on the clock as Loiselle scored the second power-play goal for the Beacons at 11:17. Jenny Currie (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Sarahanne Cavolo (Roxbury, N.H.) were credited with the helpers as UMass Boston focused their attention on getting the equalizer.
Unfortunately no matter how hard they tried they could not get past Ponte who stopped 16 of the 18 shots on goal in the period. The Beacons best chance to tie the game came when they went on the power-play with 1:39 left in the contest. However the Panthers not looking to let-up a late score came out firing and actually got two shorthanded shots off to keep Moe Bradley (Swampscott, Mass.) in goal longer then she had intended.
The Beacons went to a 6-on-4 in the final 15 seconds of play, but were once again stopped by the tough Plymouth State netminder.
On the night UMass Boston finished 2-for-8 on the power-play, while the host Panthers finished 1-for-3. The win for Ponte marked her fourth of the season, while the loss was given to Bradley after she replaced Casey Schaejbe (Arlington, Mass.), who initially started Friday's contest. Schaejbe made a total of seven saves on 10 shots before leaving the game after the Panthers took their 3-0 lead. Bradley made a combined eight stops in only her third loss of the season.
The Beacons will close out their regular season tomorrow afternoon at the University of Southern Maine. Start time is scheduled for 1 p.m. from Gorham.