Kennedy scores for Panthers in NEHC loss
BIDDEFORD, Maine – The University of New England women's ice hockey team scored three unanswered goals to earn a 4-1 win over Plymouth State University in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) game at the Harold Alfond Forum on Saturday afternoon.
After a scoreless opening period, UNE struck first with a power play goal 2:35 into the second. Sophomore Tatum Gietl (Littleton, Colo.) pushed a pass from the top of the right circle down low to senior Annie Mullen (Concord, N.H.), who snuck the puck under the pads of Panther junior goalie Emelie Lindqvist (Gulleråsen, Sweden) for the 1-0 lead.
The Panthers rallied to even the score seven minutes later. Sophomore Alie Louie (Mount Laurel, N.J.) was able to keep a UNE clearing attempt in along the left boards. She passed across the blue line to junior Mackenzie Kennedy (Brea, Calif.), whose wrist shot beat sophomore goaltender Caty Flagg (Methuen, Mass.) to the glove side.
Gietl potted the game-winner with 3:45 remaining in the second. Lindqvist made a stop with five skaters bunched in front of the Panther goal, but the loose puck dribbled out to Gietl, who slipped it through traffic for the 2-1 lead. UNE added another power play goal with just over a minute remaining in the period when freshman Shannon Nadeau (Colchester, Vt.) flipped a wrist shot past a screened Lindqvist from the bottom of the left circle to make it 3-1.
PSU turned up the offensive pressure in the final period. The Panthers blasted Flagg with 21 shots in the final 20 minutes, but were unable to get one past her. After a faceoff in the PSU defensive zone a Panther skater attempted to clear the puck off the boards behind the net. The puck took a weird bounce and ended up on the stick of UNE freshman Jessie Scott (Barre, Vt.), who fed it to classmate Katie Babineau (Pepperell, Mass.) in front of the goal for an easy tally to cap the scoring.
Lindqvist made 39 saves in the loss, dropping to 4-6-4 on the season, while Flagg made 44 stops to improve to 7-5-6. UNE finished 2-of-3 on the power play, while the Panthers were unable to cash in during their six skater-up advantages.
Plymouth State wraps up a string of five-straight road games with a non-conference tilt at Amherst College on Wednesday (7:00 p.m.).
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