Purple Knights' comeback bid falls short in 2-1 loss to Plymouth State

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - Despite a late surge in an attempt to come back from a 2-0 deficit, the Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team slipped to a 2-1 loss against Plymouth State University in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East action on Friday at Cairns Arena. The Purple Knights fall to 1-17-1 overall and 1-14 in the league after the defeat, while the Panthers improve to 4-14-2 and 3-8-2.

Junior Macey Thomas (Amherst, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon) scored for Saint Michael's, while senior Erin Stevens (Watertown, Conn./Connecticut Polar Bears) made 22 saves between the pipes.

Plymouth State received goals from junior Allison Collins (Murrieta, Calif./Anaheim Lady Ducks) and sophomore Kelsey Cosby (Walpole, Mass./Walpole), while junior Carrie Baruch (Coventry, R.I./Edgewood Lady Hawks) picked up a pair of assists. Junior Ali Ponte (Richmond Hill, Ontario/Markham-Stouffville Jr. Stars) recorded 29 stops.

After neither team was able to score in the opening period, Cosby put the Panthers on the board with a goal 1:12 into the second frame. The Purple Knights nearly found the back of the net twice near the period's 4:30 mark, when sophomore Kristen Spulecki (Orchard Park, N.Y./Buffalo Bison) was saved from close range before senior Madelena Santore's (Millington, N.J./New Jersey Rockets) rebound attempt from point blank was blocked.

Collins gave the visitors a 2-0 advantage with a tally that came with 8:16 remaining in the third period. Thomas scored with 2:33 remaining to cut the Plymouth State lead in half, but Ponte made four saves in the final minutes to deny Saint Michael's the equalizer.

The Purple Knights are back in action tomorrow, when they host the University of Southern Maine at 1 p.m.