Fagan, Nagel score for Panthers in non-conference setback
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Salem State University scored three power play goals to top Plymouth State University, 5-2, in non-conference women's ice hockey action to spoil Teddy Bear Toss day at Hanaway Rink on Saturday afternoon.
With the setback the Panthers drop to 2-4-2, while Salem State improves to 1-6-2 on the year. The win marked the first career victory for Vikings' head coach Malcolm Spurling.
Despite being outshot 15-4 in the opening period, Salem State held a 1-0 lead following the first 20 minutes. Sophomore Julia Dares (Hanover, Mass.) outskated two PSU defenders through the neutral zone, then cleared space with some nifty stick work to beat Panther goalkeeper Emelie Lindqvist (Gullerason, Sweden) with the backhand low to the stick side.
Freshman Alex Rajsigl (Tecumseh, Ont.) replaced in goal to start the second period and she was immediately tested. The Vikings upped the lead to 2-0 in the opening minute of the period with a power play score. Sophomore Kylie Currier (Middleton, Mass.) skated in on the left side before finding classmate Kerryann Goode (Millis, Mass.) on the back side and the forward tapped the puck into the open net.
The Panthers cut the lead in half with a power play score of their own just 82 seconds later. Sophomore Alexis Fagan (Wakefield, R.I.) collected a pass from senior Courtney Evans (Fairbanks, Alaska) at the left circle and skated in before pushing a wrist shot low to the right corner for her second tally of the year. Following the goal over 150 teddy bears rained onto the ice as part of the second annual Teddy Bear Toss. All teddy bears collected will be donated to the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) for children in need during the upcoming holiday season.
|Over 150 bears were donated for the Teddy Bear Toss|
The Vikings regained a two-goal advantage at the 4:51 mark with another power play goal. Sophomore Vanessa VanBuskirk (Winthrop, Mass.) fired a shot through traffic from the point forcing Rajsigl to make a blocker save, but senior Danielle Kelley (Charlestown, Mass.) was there to clean up the rebound.
Salem State added two more goals through the first half of the third period before sophomore Julie Nagel (Canton, Mass.) capped the scoring with a power play tally in the final minute. With a pair of Vikings in the penalty box, PSU pulled Rajsigl to set up a 6-on-3 opportunity and Nagel pounded home a loose puck in front of the Salem net to account for the final 5-2 score.
Both teams were successful with the skater advantage. PSU finished two-for-seven on the power play, while the Vikings capitalized on three-of-eight opportunities. Rajsigl and Lindqvist combined to make 21 saves in the loss, while SSU freshman Isabelle Woodward (Ottawa, Ont.) made 36 stops to earn the win.
Plymouth State will travel to NCAA Division II Franklin Pierce next Friday (Dec. 8) for a 7:30 p.m. contest, while the Vikings will face Franklin Pierce at home on Saturday (Dec. 9) at 2:00 p.m.
|Teddy Bear Toss - PSU Women's Ice Hockey - Dec. 2, 2017|
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