Lindqvist makes career-high 50 saves in NEHC draw
BOSTON, Mass. – Junior goaltender Emelie Lindqvist (Gulleråsen, Sweden) made a career-high 50 saves as the Plymouth State University women's ice hockey team skated to a 1-1 tie with New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) opponent University of Massachusetts Boston on Friday night at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
PSU took a 1-0 lead late in the second period when sophomore Alexis Fagan (Wakefield, R.I.) scored her first goal of the season. With just 1:35 remaining in the period, the 5-6 forward forced a turnover in the offensive zone and fired a shot past UMB senior goalie Rachel Myette (Duxbury, Mass.) on a one-on-one breakaway to give the Panthers the lead.
Lindqvist was spectacular, turning aside all 28 shots she faced through the first two periods. UMass Boston controlled the third period, outshooting the Panthers 22-3, but Lindqvist nearly made the one goal stand up. With just two minutes to play, senior Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.) tipped a shot from the point past Lindqvist's glove to even the score.
While both teams would record shots in the overtime period, neither was able to break through for the game-winner.
With six minutes left in regulation the Beacons found themselves with a skater-advantage courtesy of a PSU penalty. UMass Boston kept regular pressure on the Panthers, but Lindqvist made seven saves and junior Brooke Maggy (Alhambra, Calif.) blocked a pair of shots to successfully kill the penalty and preserve the lead. UMB took a timeout with 2:23 to play, pulling Myette for the extra skater. Just three seconds later Morrissette tipped in the shot from junior Arielle Gallucci (Warren, N.J.) to knot the score at 1-1.
The Panthers put on strong pressure in the overtime period. Myette made a pair of saves, though, and the Beacons blocked three shots to earn the tie.
Myette finished with 19 saves to move to 0-2-2, while Lindqvist set a new career-best topping last Friday's 49 saves by one, to go to 1-2-2 on the year.
The Panthers will travel to Salve Regina for another NEHC contest on Saturday (Nov. 18) with game time set for 2:00 p.m. UMass Boston is also in league-action tomorrow, as they face New England College at home at 1:00 p.m.
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