Huge second period leads Panthers to victory in NEHC opener
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's ice hockey team scored three goals in just over five minutes in the second period en route to a 5-0 win over the University of Southern Maine in the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) opener for both teams.
The teams skated to a scoreless tie after the first period, with each team going 0-3 on the power play. The Panthers got on the board less than five minutes into the second period. Junior Brooke Maggy (Alhambra, Calif.) scored off a feed from sophomore Alexis Fagan (Wakefield, R.I.) to put the hosts up 1-0.
Fagan picked up a second assist just 95 seconds later. With an extra skater on the ice courtesy of a Southern Maine penalty, Fagan connected with freshman Amber Thomas (Cornwall, Ont.), who slipped a shot past junior Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.).
Less than four minutes later the Panthers extended the lead to 3-0 when sophomore Sydney Linnick (Highland's Ranch, Colo.) notched her second goal of the year, with Maggy picking up the assist.
Sophomore Whitney Padgett (Eden Prairie, Minn.) relieved Evangelista in goal following the Linnick goal and PSU didn't wait long to test her. Padgett was forced to make nine saves over the next ten minutes. With time expiring in the second period, senior Jaime Carpenter (Jardenville, N.B.) scored off feeds from junior Kelsey Roy (Ft. Collins, Colo.) and sophomore Kailey Jacobs (Westwood, Mass.).
Even with a four-goal lead the Panthers kept the pressure on. PSU outshot the visitors 18-6 in the third period alone. Freshman Lauren Van-Martin (Abbotsford, B.C.) capped the scoring with just over two minutes remaining with Fagan being credited with her third assist.
Maggy finished with a goal and an assist, including the game-winner, with Fagan earning the three assists. Junior Emelie Lindqvist (Gulleråsen, Sweden) made 19 saves while posting the shutout.
Evangelista and Padgett combined to make 45 saves in net for the Huskies as PSU outshot the Huskies by a 50-19 margin.
The Panthers are back on the ice on Saturday (Nov. 4) when they host the University of New England for another NEHC contest. Puck drop is set for 2:00 p.m.
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