Lindqvist named to All-NEHC Second Team
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's division announced its annual major award winners on Thursday and the top goaltender from Plymouth State University was selected as one of 16 players to earn All-NEHC recognition.
Junior Emelie Lindqvist (Gulleråsen, Sweden) was named to the All-NEHC Second Team following a vote of the league's eight head coaches. She becomes the first Panther to earn all-conference honors since the team joined the NEHC for the 2015-16 season.
A five-time NEHC Goaltender of the Week honoree, Lindqvist has been one of the top goalies in the conference all season. In head-to-head conference play she ranks second in both goals against average (1.56) and save percentage (.952), trailing only Laurie King of Norwich University.
Overall, Lindqvist has logged more than 1,130 minutes between the pipes for the Panthers this season while sporting a 2.07 goals against average, tied for 34th best in the nation. Her overall save percentage of .941 is tied for 13th in all of NCAA Division III.
Her play in goal is a large reason why Plymouth State sported the second best scoring defense among NEHC competition this season. The Panthers allowed just 1.57 goals per game in NEHC contests and the PSU penalty kill finished the regular season second best in the league (88.7%).
Lindqvist came up huge last weekend as the Panthers earned four points to clinch their first home playoff game and the highest seed for a postseason tournament in program history. Lindqvist turned aside 29-of-30 shots in a 3-1 victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston on Feb. 9, including keeping the Beacons off the board through three power plays in a 12-minute stretch.
She was just as good the following day, Feb. 10, as the Panthers rallied from a 2-0 first period deficit to earn a 3-2 win over Salve Regina University. The 5-3 Swede came off the bench to stop all 13 shots she faced over the final 40 minutes, making a number of spectacular saves late in the third period, including one during a 1-on-0 breakaway in the final seconds.
Fourth-seeded Plymouth State (8-13-4, 7-5-2 NEHC) will host the University of New England, the five seed, Saturday night (7:00 p.m.) at Hanaway Rink.
NEHC Women's Division Award Winners
|Player of the Year||Amanda Conway||Norwich University|
|Goaltender of the Year||Caty Flagg||University of New England|
|Rookie of the Year||Ali Stevens||Castleton University|
|Coaches of the Year||Lindsay Berman||UMass Boston|
|Ashley Salerno||Castleton University|
First Team All-Conference
|Forward||Amanda Conway||Norwich University|
|Forward||Sarah Schwenzfeier||Norwich University|
|Forward||Jane Morrisette||UMass Boston|
|Forward||Adrieana Rossini||Norwich University|
|Defense||Hannah Rose||Castleton University|
|Defense||Robyn Foley||Norwich University|
|Goaltender||Caty Flagg||University of New England|
Second Team All-Conference
|Forward||Bryn Labbe||Norwich University|
|Forward||Sophie McGovern||Norwich University|
|Forward||Aimee Briand||Castleton University|
|Forward||Kayleigh Beauregard||UMass Boston|
|Defense||Brianna Colucci||UMass Boston|
|Defense||Carly Menges||Norwich University|
|Goaltender||Emelie Lindqvist||Plymouth State|
|Goaltender||Laurie King||Norwich University|
|Forward||Ali Stevens||Castleton University|
|Forward||Jessie Scott||University of New England|
|Forward||KC Herne||Norwich University|
|Defense||Samantha Benoit||Norwich University|
|Defense||Casey Traill||Castleton University|
|Defense||Kyra Yu||University of New England|
|Goaltender||Emily Lambert||Norwich University|
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