Lindquist earns shutout as Nagel nets game-winner
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Emelie Lindqvist (Gullerasen, Sweden) turned aside 25 shots and freshman Julie Nagel (Canton, Mass.) notched her first career goal as Plymouth State University defeated Neumann University, 2-0, in non-conference women's ice hockey at Hanaway Rink on Friday night.
Nagel beat Neumann goalie Julia Fair (Meadville, Pa.) for the game-winner at the 2:51 mark of the final period, off a feed from senior Haley Branovan (Canandaigua, N.Y.). The Panthers added an empty-net goal by Alexis Fagan (Wakefield, R.I.) in the final seconds of the game to secure the team's first shutout of the season.
The same two teams will go right back at it again tomorrow (Sat., Dec. 3) as the Panthers host the second game of the back-to-back weekend series with puck-drop set for 2:00 p.m.
Hanaway Rink, Plymouth, N.H. – Fri., Dec. 2, 2016
Plymouth State 2, Neumann 0
Plymouth State 3-5-1; Neumann 3-7-0
* Neither team was able to get on the board in the first period. Neumann had two separate man-advantage opportunities but the PSU defense, anchored by Lindqvist's play, was able to keep the Knights off the scoreboard.
* Neumann's first good scoring chance came early in the second period when junior Bek Lucas (Feasterville, Pa.) took the puck at center ice and outskated the Panther defense to the net. Although Lindqvist made the initial save, the puck trickled between her legs, but she was able to reach back and knock the loose puck away with her stick to preserve the scoreless tie.
* Sophomore Taylor Jackson (St. Albans, Vt.) nearly put the Panthers on the scoreboard in the final minute of the second period when she received a pass from junior Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) on a two-on-one break, but her wrist shot was turned away by a sprawling Fair.
* Knights' senior Grace Klienbach (Eustis, Fla.) was awarded a penalty shot with 11 seconds left in the second period after being tripped up by a Panther defender on a breakaway, but her wrist shot deflected off the post.
* Nagel's game-winner was set up by a great effort from Branovan. The senior poked the puck free along the right sideboards, then found Nagel with a perfect centering pass. Nagel beat Fair in the five-hole to give PSU a 1-0 lead at the 2:51 mark of the third period.
* The Knights nearly tied the score late in the third period when Lucas again broke free of the defense, but Lindqvist was up to the challenge making a stick save and preserving the lead.
* The Panthers added some insurance in the final seconds. After opting for the extra attacker, Fagan blocked a Neumann shot from near the PSU blue line, then won the race for the loose puck, backhanding it into the empty net with just 30 ticks left to play.
* Lindqvist earned her first win of the season, improving to 1-4-1, while Fair fell to 3-6-0.
* PSU outshot the Knights 33-25, including 15-6 in the decisive third period.
Plymouth State vs. Neumann, Plymouth, N.H. – Sat., Dec 3 (2:00 p.m.)
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