Shewell scores lone goal for Panthers; Lindqvist makes 24 saves in net
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Rachel Vigliano (Monroe, N.J.) scored the game-winning goal at 3:33 of overtime Saturday afternoon to lift New England College to a 2-1 victory over Plymouth State University in a women's New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) contest at Hanaway Rink.
PSU tallied a first period goal and NEC came back to tie it with 6:15 remaining in the third period before pulling out the win for a 2-0 weekend. Both teams now have the same records: 2-6-0 overall and 2-4 in the NEHC.
The goalies were strong at both ends of the ice as freshman Lindsey Powers (Stittsville, Ont.) made 29 saves to earn the win for NEC and freshman Emelie Lindqvist (Gullerasen, Sweden) stopped 24 shots in a tough-luck loss in the PSU net.
The Panthers scored the only goal of the first period when sophomore Gracie Shewell (Hanover, Md.) fired a shot from the left point that found the top left corner of the goal passed a screened goaltender, with senior Marisa Zamrock (Lewiston, Maine) and freshman Christina D'Alessandro (Bloomfield, N.J.) assisting.
NEC outshot the Panthers 9-8 in the first period, and PSU had a 13-8 advantage in the middle frame but it remained a 1-0 game. The Pilgrims finally pulled even at 13:45 of the third period, as a shot by senior Andrea St. Onge (Garden Grove, Calif.) went off the right post and junior Mackenzie Meegan (Phoenix, Ariz.) poked in the rebound.
Plymouth State had an outstanding chance to regain the lead with five minutes remaining but Powers made a terrific save on a breakaway by PSU junior Lauren Connelly (Braintree, Mass.). NEC then won it in overtime when Vigliano skated in on the left side and let one rip from the left circle that went top left for the game-winner.
NEC plays on Tuesday in a non-conference game at Daniel Webster College. Plymouth State is off until Friday, Dec. 4, when it hosts Becker College in a non-conference affair.
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