Linnick scores Panthers' lone goal in season opener
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – SUNY Canton scored a trio of third period goals to earn a 4-1 win over Plymouth State University in the women's ice hockey season opener at Hanaway Rink on Saturday evening.
Plymouth State put early pressure on the Roos defense, testing sophomore goalkeeper Brooke Susac (Bowmanville, Ont.). PSU got on the board with just over two-and-a-half minutes remaining in the opening period. Sophomore Sydney Linnick (Highland's Ranch, Colo.) kept a Roos defenseman from clearing the puck up the boards, then skated in alone to beat Susac over the blocker for the 1-0 lead.
With just under a minute remaining Canton scored a power play goal. Junior Noelle Niemiec (Staten Island, N.Y.) blasted a shot from the point that was tipped in by freshman Katie Ferguson (Lake Cowichan, B.C.).
Both teams had scoring opportunities in the second period, but outstanding goaltending from both sides kept the game even. Junior Emelie Lindqvist (Gullerasen, Sweden) made four saves in net for the Panthers before freshman Alex Rajsigl (Tecumseh, Ont.) relieved her. Susac turned aside 11 Panthers shots in the frame. PSU got shots from junior Kelsey Roy (Ft. Collins, Colo.) and sophomore Alie Louie (Mount Laurel, N.J.) during a power play, but Susac was able to make the stop both times.
SUNY Canton pulled ahead roughly eight minutes into the third period. With the Panthers down a skater due to penalty, sophomore Sydney Jordan (Prince George, B.C.) received a pass from freshman Micayla Macintyre (Fall River, N.S.), then skated into the slot and slipped a wrist shot low to the right corner to put the visitors in front, 2-1.
Rajsigl was tested as the Roos fired six shots in a two minute span, but the rookie kept the margin at just one goal. With just over four minutes to play Canton got some insurance when sophomore Tessa Dobson (Moose Factory, Ont.) scored her first of the year, and a late empty-net goal from junior Tess Adams (Calgary, Alb.) sealed the win with less than a minute remaining.
SUNY Canton outshot the Panthers 13-8 in the final stanza, and owned a 27-26 edge in shots for the game. Susac finished with 25 saves for the Roos, with Lindqvist making 12 in her 32:46 in net and Rajsigl turning aside 14 shots in 24:56 on the ice. Canton finished 2-of-6 on the power play, while the Panthers came up empty in ten man-up opportunities.
The Panthers are back at Hanaway Rink on Friday (Nov. 3) when they open their New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) schedule with a 6:00 p.m. game against Southern Maine.
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