Hartford, Conn. – Sophomore forward Amber Thomas (Cornwall, Ontario) scored the game-winning goal and added an assist to lead the visiting Plymouth State University Panthers to a 3-2 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in women's ice hockey action this evening at Williams Rink in the Koeppel Community Sports Center.
Trinity drops to 7-8-1 with its fourth loss in a row, while the Panthers improve to 3-11-3 while snapping both a six-game losing skid and a 10-game winless streak. Trinity, which had beaten Plymouth State, 4-2, on the road 15 days ago, will visit New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rival Colby on Friday, January 25 at 7 p.m. to open a two-game series against the Mules this weekend. Plymouth State hosts Johnson and Wales (R.I.) the same day at 6 p.m.
Trinity dominated possession in every period, outshooting the Panthers, 50-15, including, 15-8, in the opening period. Bantam sophomore goaltender Clara Pingeon (Lincoln, Mass.) saved the first seven shots against her in her collegiate debut, but Plymouth State senior tri-captain forward Brooke Maggy (Los Angeles, Calif.) beat Pingeon high with a quick shot in transition with one minute left before the first break.
The Panthers took a 2-0 lead when Thomas fed rookie defender Ellen Svane (Thunder Bay, Ontario) for a blast from the right win that sailed over Pingeon's right shoulder 1:11 into the second frame. Trinity got on the board 4:20 later when sophomore Sierra Lee (Ferguson's Cove, Nova Scotia) scored on a breakaway, and tied the game at the 8:46 mark on a bouncing shot by rookie forward Katie Marsden (Hessle, England) that found its way over the line and into the net. Trinity sophomore defender Julia Lee (Ferguson's Cove, Nova Scotia) assisted on both scores, and Sierra Lee provided a secondary helper on the game-tying tally.
Plymouth State took the lead back with 7:43 remaining in the second frame on a one-timer by Thomas after a pass across the ice by senior blue liner Hannah Elmer (Chicopee, Mass.). The Bantams shot 19 times in the third period on Panther senior netminder Emelie Lindqvist (Gullerasen, Sweden), but could not get the equalizer. Lindqvist finished with 48 saves, while Pingeon had 12 stops. The teams combined for three penalties and no goals on three combined power plays.