Nagel, MacMillan score to lead Panthers to NEHC victory
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomores Julie Nagel (Canton, Mass.) and Olivia MacMillan (Walpole, Mass.) each scored power play goals and junior Emelie Lindqvist (Gulleråson, Sweden) made 12 saves as the Plymouth State University women's ice hockey team blanked in-state rival New England College, 2-0, in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) game at Hanaway Rink on Tuesday evening.
With the win the Panthers move to 4-6-3 overall and 3-2-2 in NEHC games, while the Pilgrims fall to 1-11-1 and 1-4-0 in league contests. PSU remains unbeaten in 2018 (2-0-1).
Nagel put the home team on the scoreboard first with a power play strike late in the opening period. Immediately following a Pilgrim tripping penalty, PSU controlled the faceoff in the offensive zone. Junior Hannah Elmer (Chicopee, B.C.) passed across the blue line to sophomore Sydney Linnick (Highland's Ranch, Colo.). Linnick ripped a slapshot that Nagel deflected past NEC junior goaltender Jacqueline Clark (Dorchester, Mass.) to give Plymouth State a 1-0 advantage.
The Panthers doubled the lead midway through the second period. With two Pilgrims in the box, sophomore Alie Louie (Mount Laurel, N.J.) ripped a shot from the top of the left circle. Classmates Eleanor Hudson (Baltimore, Md.) and Kailey Jacobs (Westwood, Mass.) each took hacks at the puck until it dribbled through the crease and behind Clark to MacMillan on the backside, who pushed it into the open net.
NEC put some late pressure on Lindqvist and brought an extra skater to the ice for the final minute. A late PSU penalty gave NEC a 6-on-4, but the Panthers were able to successfully kill off the penalty and hold on for the win.
Lindqvist made 12 stops to register her third shutout of the year while improving to 3-4-3, while Clark made 24 saves for the Pilgrims but dropped to 1-7-1.
The two teams are used to close games. Plymouth State is 4-4-2 against NEC in the last ten meetings, dating back to the 2011-12 season. Three games ended in overtime and in the ten total meetings PSU has outscored the Pilgrims by just a single goal. Plymouth State outshot the Pilgrims by a 26-12 margin, though, and controlled 40-of-63 faceoffs.
Plymouth State travels to NCAA D-I Independent St. Anselm College on Friday (Jan. 12) for a 4:00 p.m. game, before hosting Oswego State for a pair of home games next Wednesday (Jan. 17) and Thursday (Jan. 18). NEC travels to Endicott College on Friday for a 3:00 p.m. tilt.
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