Lindqvist makes 35 saves in setback
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Emelie Lindqvist (Gullerasen, Sweden) turned aside 35 shots, but Plymouth State University fell to NCAA Division II Franklin Pierce University, 2-0, in the season-opening women's hockey game at Hanaway Rink on Friday night.
The two teams battled through two scoreless periods, with both goaltenders making key stops to keep the game deadlocked. The Ravens broke through midway through the third period when freshman Jazmyne Beck (Kalispell, Mont.) put home a rebound on a turnaround shot. Franklin Pierce got an insurance goal with just over five minutes remaining as a tipped shot hit the crossbar and barely trickled over the goal line.
Plymouth State drops to 0-1, while the Ravens move to 3-0.
Plymouth State 0, Franklin Pierce 2
Plymouth State 0-1-0
Franklin Pierce 3-0-0
How it Happened:
* Lindqvist was sharp from the get-go as the Ravens tested her early. Sophomore Marissa Massaro (Brockton, Mass.) streaked up the left side and whipped a wrist shot that Lindqvist made a glove save on in the first five minutes.
* Senior Taylor Jackson (St. Albans, Vt.) nearly put the Panthers ahead at the 7:00 mark when she came in on a 2-on-1 break, but sophomore Kelly Turney (Fort Gratiot, Mich.) made a blocker save on her low shot.
* Lindqvist caught a break as the 12:47 mark when junior Bridgette Prentiss (Buffalo, N.Y.) had her slapper hit the pipe.
* The Panthers had another breakaway chance as the period was winding down. Jackson took the puck from center ice and sent senior Brooke Maggy (Los Angeles, Calif.) in alone, but her backhanded attempt was kicked aside.
* FPU had another chance late in the second period when junior Kelsey Holmes (Warwick, R.I.) blasted a one-timer from point blank range, but Lindqvist was up to the challenge.
* Plymouth State's best opportunity of the game came early in the third period. Maggy sent a pass from the left corner to the far post for sophomore Amber Thomas (Cornwall, Ont.), but Turney made a sprawling stop to keep the game scoreless.
* Beck broke through with a turnaround shot off a rebound in front of Lindqvist 7:52 into the third period.
* With 5:34 remaining the Ravens added an insurance goal. Junior Alli Sugar (Canton, Conn.) tipped a shot from the back of the left face-off circle by classmate Katie Neuburger (Fayetteville, N.Y.). The puck deflected off the crossbar and Lindqvist made a diving attempt to her left to swat it off the goal line, but the referee signaled it had snuck past.
Inside the Numbers:
* Turney made 24 stops for the Ravens to pick up her second shutout win of the year, while Lindqvist topped the 30-save threshold for the 21st time in her career.
* The Ravens held a 37-24 advantage in shots.
* Neither team was able to score on the power play. FPU finished 0-for-4, while the Panthers were 0-for-3.
* Senior Kelsey Roy (Livermore, Colo.) won 8-of-16 face-offs for the Panthers.
* Plymouth State falls to 1-8 all-time against the Ravens. PSU's lone win came in Dec. 2012.
* Plymouth State is right back on the ice on Saturday (Oct. 27) against NCAA Division II Saint Anselm College at 3:00 p.m.
* Franklin Pierce is back in action on Sunday (Oct. 28) when the Ravens host Becker at 3:00 p.m.
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