Lynch, Lindqvist lead the way as Panthers clinch post-season berth
GORHAM, Maine – Senior Kelsey Lynch (Collegeville, Pa.) scored two goals and freshman goalie Emelie Lindqvist (Gullerason, Sweden) made 26 saves Friday afternoon as Plymouth State University defeated the University of Southern Maine, 3-0, in a women's New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) game at the USM Ice Arena.
The win solidified PSU's NEHC post-season berth as the Panthers improve to 9-15 overall and 5-11 in conference play and USM goes to 3-19-2 and 2-12-1. The nine wins and five conference victories for PSU are both program-highs since the team went varsity for the 2006-07 season.
All of PSU's offense against Southern Maine came from Lynch and freshmen Kelsey Roy (Fort Collins, Colo.) and freshman Brooke Maggy (Alhambra, Calif.) Lynch scored back-to-back goals in the first period to stake the Panthers to a 2-0 lead, the first at 13:57 and the second three minutes later. Roy assisted on both goals, and Maggy help set up the second.
Lynch also set the school record for goals in a season with her eighth and ninth of the year, leapfrogging Elizabeth Murray, who scored eight goals in 2007-08.
That turned out to be all the offense PSU would need, as Lindqvist did the rest to post her third shutout of the season Maggy finished off out the scoring with an insurance goal with less than two minutes remaining in the third period to seal the win.
PSU had a slim 27-26 advantage in shots for the game. USM goalie Courtney Davis made 24 saves in the setback.
The Panthers will wrap up the regular season Saturday at 3:40 p.m. against Nichols College (3-20-0, 1-14-0), to be played at Levy Rink in Harrisville, R.I. The NEHC playoffs begin Saturday, Feb. 27.
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