Women's Ice Hockey Tops In-State Foe Plymouth State
HENNIKER, N.H.—Four different players scored to lead the New England College women's ice hockey team to a 4-2 ECAC East win against the Panthers of Plymouth State University on Saturday afternoon at Lee Clement Arena.
With the win, the Pilgrims improve to 3-1-2 overall and 2-1-1 in ECAC action, while the Panthers have yet to tally a win, falling to 0-4 overall and in league play.
First-year Rachel Vigliano (Monroe, N.J.) gave the Pilgrims the early lead by collecting a pass on the wing and launching to towards the goal, beating the Plymouth State goaltender just 2:27 into the game.
NEC would extend the lead to 3-0 in the second period as Aubrey Fischer (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Chelsie Boroski (Sterling Heights, Mich.) scored just 3:37 and 5:09 into the frame. Fischer scored by collecting the puck off a Plymouth State turnover on their defensive blue line and carried it to just inside the right hash marks, where she fired the unassisted shot into the upper left corner.
Boroski also scored on the power play, collecting passes from Alyssa Hoot (Waterville, Ohio) and Morgan Braniff (Tustin, Calif.).
With 17:53 remaining in the period, Plymouth State would capitalize on a power play opportunity, as Kelsey Colby (Walpole, Mass.) fed the puck into crease and Stephanie Newmark (Sydney, Australia) tipped it in to put the Panthers on the board.
After taking a penalty midway through the third period, NEC would find itself with an offensive opportunity. Madyson Moore (Dubuque, Iowa) floated the puck in front of the net on the net untouched, and Kate Kellar (Chesire, Mass.) wrapped it around the pipe to give the Pilgrims the 4-1 edge with 11:27 to play.
At the 10:56 mark, Newmark would net on her second goal of the game on the power play, connecting on a loose puck in the crease. Marissa Zamrock (Lewiston, Maine) and Tasha Wyatt (Minturn, Colo.) registered assists on the goal.
NEC goaltender Lauren Hopps (Green Bay, Wisc.) recorded 14 saves en route to the win, while Plymouth State's goaltender Nicole Crandle (Bristol, Conn.) totaled 25 saves as the Pilgrims claimed the 29-16 shot advantage.
NEC will be back in action on Friday, November 30 when it travels Saint Anselm College for a 7:00 p.m. ECAC East matchup.
Published 11/17/2012 3:51:00 PM