Panthers post second straight shutout in record-breaking night
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's ice hockey team set a program record for goals scored Friday night, topping Johnson & Wales University 6-0 on Suicide Prevention Night at Hanaway Rink. The Panthers have now won a program-best three straight games to improve to 5-6-0 overall, while the Wildcats dropped to 0-12-0.
Six different Panthers were able to find the back of the net. Freshman Brooke Maggy (Alhambra, Calif.) finished with a goal and two assists while junior Gracie Shewell (Hanover, Md.) tallied a goal and an assist. Sophomore Courtney Evans (Fairbanks, Alaska) had three assists in the win. The PSU offense has scored 15 goals over the last three games.
Sophomore Shannon Hickey (Arlington, Mass.) opened the scoring midway through the first period when she tipped in a shot by Evans at the 9:49 mark. Hickey and junior Frederike Brazeau-Lalonde (Thetford Mines, Que.) were camped in front of JWU sophomore goalie Kami Weiner (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) when Evans blasted a slap shot from the top of the right circle that Hickey was able to redirect in.
Maggy made it 2-0 when she beat Weiner in the lower right corner after skating past the Wildcat defense. Shewell took a pass from senior Kelsey Lynch (Collegeville, Pa.), then controlled the puck in the left corner. Her centering pass deflected off a JWU skater to Maggy, who juked past two defenders and found the back of the net for her first career goal with 5:05 remaining in the period.
PSU added another score just 1:17 later when junior Lauren Connelly (Braintree, Mass.) buried a loose puck in front of Weiner. Evans set up the play with another blast from the right circle. Weiner made the initial stop and senior Olivia Leon (Natick, Mass.) had her rebound attempt blocked, but Connelly was able to slip the puck past the JWU goalie.
The Wildcats best scoring opportunity came late in the period when freshman Kathy Ensor (St. Louis, Mo.) stole the puck deep in the PSU end, but freshman goalie Emelie Lindqvist (Gullerasen, Sweden) made a glove save, then covered up the loose puck.
Freshman Kelsey Roy (Ft. Collins, Colo.) put the Panthers up 4-0 when her wrist shot trickled through Weiner with just 24 seconds left in the opening frame. Maggy was credited with the assist. PSU fired 30 shots on goal in the period.
The two teams skated to a scoreless second period despite another 21 shots on goal by the Panthers. Johnson & Wales had a pair of power play opportunities in the frame, but was unable to cash in.
Junior Paige Roberts (Plaistow, N.H.) netted her first goal of the season just 44 seconds into the third period, with Evans and Maggy registering assists. Roberts flipped in a wrist shot from the left circle just past the glove of Weiner.
Shewell capped the scoring at the 10:16 mark when her shot from the point got through a number of skaters in front of the JWU net.
The Panthers fired an astonishing 82 shots on the night, nearly doubling the previous program record of 42 set in the 2013-14 season. PSU registered 31 shots in the final period alone. Weiner (0-12-0) made 76 saves in goal for the Wildcats, marking the fourth time this season she has turned away at least 70 shots. Lindqvist (5-3-0) made five stops in net to post her second straight shutout.
The two teams will match-up again Saturday in Providence, in what will be Plymouth State's final game of the fall semester. Puck-drop is scheduled for 4:25 p.m.
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