Auby, Hickey lead Panthers to conference win over Huskies
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Emily Auby (Stoughton, Wisc.) scored the game-winning goal with two minutes and 50 seconds left in the third period Friday evening and Plymouth State University went on to a 3-1 victory over the University of Southern Maine in a women's New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) game at Hanaway Rink.
Sophomore Shannon Hickey (Arlington, Mass.) added an insurance goal with 15 seconds remaining as PSU stopped a seven-game skid and improved to 7-13 overall and 3-9 in conference play. Freshman goalie Emelie Lindqvist (Gullerason, Sweden) made 23 saves on 24 shots to earn the win and even her record at 6-6.
The Huskies got a second-period goal from senior Cassandra Sherman (North Smithfield, R.I.) and 29 saves from freshman goalie Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.) but dropped to 2-15-2 overall and 1-9-2 in the NEHC.
Sherman broke a scoreless tie for USM two minutes into the second period, collecting a loose puck after a blocked shot by freshman Tawni Mohler (McCall, Idaho) and scoring her sixth goal of the season.
PSU got the equalizer with six and a half minutes to go in the middle frame as senior Marisa Zamrock (Lewiston, Maine) converted a crossing pass in front after some digging along the boards by junior Lauren Connelly (Braintree, Mass.) and freshman Mackenzie Kennedy (Brea, Calif.).
With the score still tied 1-1 in the third period and overtime looming, PSU pulled ahead on Auby's goal with less than three minutes remaining. Sophomore Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) set up the play with a strong drive to the net against the USM defense, and Auby collected a loose puck and fired it past a screened goaltender.
Hickey's insurance goal in the final minute came after Evangelista made point-blank range saves against Auby and junior Haley Branovan (Canandaigua, N.Y.)
Both teams play NEHC games on Saturday as PSU travels to nationally-ranked Castleton University for a 4:00 face-off and Southern Maine returns home to host Nichols College for a 1:00 p.m. start.
-- 30 --