Rajsigl makes 24 saves to earn first career win
HENNIKER, N.H. – Freshman Alex Rajsigl (Tecumseh, Ont.) made 24 saves to earn her first career win as Plymouth State University topped New England College, 5-0, in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) game at Lee Clement Ice Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore Eleanor Hudson (Baltimore, Md.) scored a pair of goals and added an assist as the Panthers improved to 5-8-4 overall and 4-2-2 in NEHC play. With the setback, NEC falls to 2-14-1 and 1-6-0 in league play. PSU is currently tied with UMass Boston for second in the conference, though the Beacons are in action tonight.
Rajsigl earned the shutout win in her first career start. The rookie made eight saves in the opening period, while the Panther offense built a 2-0 lead. Hudson potted her first goal of the day 7:34 into the first period when she beat Pilgrim junior goaltender Jackie Clark (Dorchester, Mass.) with a rebound goal.
Senior Courtney Evans (Fairbanks, Alaska) doubled the lead with a power play strike in the final minute of the period. Evans' first goal of the season came on a slapshot from the top of the blue line. The Panthers outshot NEC by a 15-8 margin in the opening frame.
The Pilgrims upped the offensive pressure in the second period, but Rajsigl was up to the test. Sophomore Caitlin Connor (Bow, N.H.) recorded a point in her third straight game when she found herself open at the top of the crease. Connor beat Clark to her right to increase the lead to 3-0.
Plymouth added a pair of empty net goals in the final five minutes. Junior Kelsey Roy (Ft. Collins, Colo.) slipped one into the vacant net at the 16:14 mark, and Hudson capped the scoring with her second of the game with just 56 seconds remaining.
The Panthers, in the midst of five road games in 11 days, will travel to Salem State for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference game on Tuesday (Jan. 23). The game was originally scheduled for Dec. 12, but was postponed due to weather.
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