Lindqvist makes career-high 49 saves in NEHC setback
NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Junior Emelie Lindqvist (Gulleråsen, Sweden) made a career-high 49 saves but Plymouth State University fell to #2 Norwich University, 6-0, in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's hockey game at Kreitzberg Arena on Friday night.
The Panthers (1-2-1, 1-1-1 NEHC) came out strong, outshooting Norwich 10-9 in the opening period though neither team was able to get one past the opposing goalie.
"We came out with a lot of energy and set the pace early," said head coach Mykul Haun.
Norwich (5-0-1, 3-0-0) broke through at the 6:13 mark of the second period when sophomore Alyssa Hulst (Scarborough, Maine) scored a power play goal. Four-and-a-half minutes later, senior Maki Shuchuk (Madison, Wis.) made it 2-0 after scoring her fifth goal of the year, and senior Nicole Goebel (Saskatoon, Sask.) made it 3-0 with one minute left in the period.
"Their depth and execution started to generate momentum after that early second period goal," explained Haun.
The Cadets extended the lead to 4-0 midway through the third period, then added a pair of goals in the final minute to account for the final score. Norwich outshot the Panthers 46-5 over the final two periods, with Lindqvist making 40 saves in the final 40 minutes alone.
Sophomore Alexis Fagan (Wakefield, R.I.) fired four shots on net to lead PSU, but was unable to slip one past senior goaltender Laurie King (Waddington, N.Y.). King finished with 15 saves to improve to 4-0-1 on the year.
"The score wasn't indicative of how we played," Haun added. "We fought to the bitter end and I am proud of how we faced the various challenges throughout the game against arguably one of the best teams in NCAA Division III women's hockey."
The Panthers will stay in Vermont for another NEHC contest on Saturday, when PSU faces Castleton University for 3:00 p.m. start.
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