Lindqvist makes 29 saves as Panthers inch closer to home playoff game
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Emelie Lindqvist (Gulleråsen, Sweden) made 29 saves as the Plymouth State University women's ice hockey team earned a hard fought 3-1 win over the University of Massachusetts Boston in a key New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) game on Girls and Women in Sports Night at Hanaway Rink Friday night.
Plymouth State, looking for its first home playoff game in program history, maintained a one point lead over the University of New England for the fourth spot in the conference and trails third place Castleton University by just a single point. The top four teams will host first round games next Saturday (Feb. 17).
The Panthers (7-13-4, 6-5-2 NEHC) can assure themselves of at least the fourth seed with a win against Salve Regina University tomorrow afternoon. UMass Boston (9-11-4, 8-3-2 NEHC) is locked into the second seed.
The Panthers got on the board first when sophomore Alexis Fagan (Wakefield, R.I.) skated in along the right side and fired a wrist shot high to the far post to beat senior goalie Rachel Myette (Duxbury, Mass.).
Junior Brooke Maggy (Los Angeles, Calif.) gave the home team a two-goal lead with some fancy stick work early in the second period. Maggy skated in from the left side, made a nice move to weave around a UMB defender, skated toward the right side, then scored to the far post at the 2:31 mark of the second period.
The Beacons answered with a goal of their own five minutes later. Senior Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.) streaked down the right side and fired a shot on goal. Lindqvist made the initial stop but junior Edy Moritz (Guilford, Conn.) crashed the net and pounded home the rebound to cut the margin to 2-1.
UMass Boston had three power play opportunities over the final 12 minutes of the period, with one wrapping around to the start of the third, but the PSU penalty kill unit was spectacular.
Sophomore Julie Nagel (Canton, Mass.) gave the Panthers some breathing room with a goal 6:32 into the final frame. The 5-8 forward skated in along the left side then flicked a wrist shot to the far post to make it 3-1 for the home team and Lindqvist made the lead hold up.
Fagan and Maggy share the team lead with five goals apiece, while Nagel's strike was her third of the year.
Lindqvist finished with 29 saves to improve to 5-8-4, while Myette turned aside 25 shots but fell to 3-11-2. The Beacons held a slight 30-28 edge in shots, but finished 0-for-5 on the power play. PSU was 0-for-1 with the skater advantage.
Prior to the game 20 local girl scouts formed a high-five tunnel to welcome the Panthers onto the ice in one of many special events to recognize National Girls & Women in Sports Day.
Plymouth State will celebrate Senior Day during tomorrow's 2:00 p.m. game with Salve Regina. UMass Boston closes the regular season with a 3:00 p.m. contest at New England College.
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