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Nichols downs PSU Women’s Ice Hockey in overtime

Nichols downs PSU Women’s Ice Hockey in overtime

Jacobs tallied two goals and one assist for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Nichols College registered its first women's ice hockey victory of the season Saturday afternoon with an overtime triumph over Plymouth State University, 5-4, in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) game at Hanaway Rink.

            PSU forced the extra session when freshman Kailey Jacobs (Westwood, Mass.) scored her second goal of the game with 36 seconds left in regulation, but the Bison pulled out the victory in the final minute of overtime when an errant Panther pass went the length of the ice and into an empty net for the game-winner.

            The Panthers dropped their third game in a row to slip to 7-12-2 overall and 3-9-1 in the NEHC, while Nichols is now 1-19-1 overall and 1-12 in conference play.

 

THE BASICS

New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's ice hockey

at Hanaway Rink, Plymouth, N.H. – Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017

Nichols 5, Plymouth State 4 (OT)

Records:

PSU 7-12-2 (3-9-1 NEHC); NC 1-19-1 (1-12-1 NEHC)

 

SCORING LEADERS

* Jacobs tallied two goals and one assist to lead the PSU offense.

* Senior Haley Branovan (Canandaigua, N.Y.) recorded a goal and an assist, and junior Courtney Evans (Fairbanks, Alaska) chipped in with two assists.

* Junior Shannon Hickey (Arlington, Mass.) also scored her seventh goal of the season to match Branovan and freshman Alexis Fagan (Wakefield, R.I.) for the team goal-scoring lead.

* Senior Samantha DiReda (Shrewsbury, Mass.) tallied a goal and an assist to lead the visitors.

* Junior Emily Barden (Chatham, N.Y.), sophomore Mikayla Castro (New Milford, Conn.) and senior Emily Wood (Wakefield, Mass.) also collected goals for the Bison.

HOW IT HAPPENED

* Barden gave the Bison a 1-0 lead eight minutes into the first period when she picked up a loose puck at the blue line and went in alone and shot the puck through the goalie pads for her second goal of the season.

* PSU tied the game three minutes later when Branovan stole a clearing pass in the right circle and shot one past the goalie for her seventh of the season.

* The Panthers took their first lead with three minutes left in the first period when Jacobs' shot from the left point snuck through traffic in front to make it 2-1 after 20 minutes.

* DiReda tied the score again at 2-2 in the first minute of the second period on an unassisted shorthanded goal, her first of the season. Nichols regained the lead at 3-2 with 3:35 to go in the period when freshman Jill Hannigan (Portland, Maine) set up Wood in the slot and Wood fired home her second of the season.

* PSU came back to even the score at 3-3 with a power play goal with a minute to go in the second period, as Hickey stuffed in the puck at the left doorstep.

* Nichols pulled ahead again with six minutes left in regulation when Castro put in her own rebound on a play set up by DiReda.

* PSU pulled its goalie with two minutes to play, and sent the game into overtime when Jacobs poked home a loose puck with just 36 seconds remaining.

* Sophomore Cassandra Goyette (Norton, Mass.) earned the win in the Nichols goal with 30 saves.

* PSU netminders Ally Altschuler (Cheshire, Conn.) and sophomore Emelie Lindqvist (Gullerason, Sweden) combined for 22 saves.

 

NEXT GAME

* PSU is home again next Friday, Feb. 10, hosting Saint Michael's College in an NEHC contest at 6:00 p.m. Nichols continues a five-game road swim next Friday at Manhattanville College (7:00 p.m.) 

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