MacMillan, Maggy each score twice in NEHC win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Olivia MacMillan (Walpole, Mass.) and senior Brooke Maggy (Los Angeles, Calif.) each tallied a pair of goals to lead Plymouth State University to a 4-2 win over the University of Massachusetts Boston in the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) opener for both schools at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink on Friday evening.
After a scoreless first period the Panthers struck for three goals in the second. MacMillan picked up her second goal of the game in the final minute, before the Beacons added a late goal to account for the final score.
Plymouth State (1-2-0, 1-0-0 NEHC) picks up its first win of the season after a pair of setbacks to NCAA Division II opponents last weekend. UMass Boston falls to 1-2-0 overall and 0-1-0 in league play.
Plymouth State 4, UMass Boston 2
Plymouth State 1-2-0, 1-0-0 NEHC
UMass Boston 1-2-0, 0-1-0 NEHC
How it Happened:
* Senior goaltender Emelie Lindqvist (Gullerasen, Sweden) kept the Beacons off the board with a strong showing in goal through the first period. UMB outshot the Panthers 11-4, but the game remained scoreless into the second period.
* MacMillan put the Panthers up with her first goal of the year 7:22 into the second period, and Maggy made it 2-0 just 90 seconds later.
* UMass Boston cut the margin in half when freshman Cailey Kozich (Wexford, Pa.) notched her first career goal midway through the second, but Maggy converted a pass from sophomore Amber Thomas (Cornwall, Ont.) with 3:24 remaining in the period to restore the two-goal lead.
* MacMillan added an empty net tally with 24 seconds left in the third period, and Beacons' senior Emily Harris (Littleton, Colo.) snuck a shot past Lindqvist with just 12 seconds to play to account for the 4-2 final.
Inside the Numbers:
* Lindqvist posted her third straight 30-save performance, finishing with exactly 30 stops for the Panthers to improve to 1-2-0.
* Junior Caty Flagg (Methuen, Mass.) started between the pipes for the Beacons, making seven saves before giving way to senior Alyssa DePippo (Pittsburgh, Pa.), who stopped 11. Flagg took the loss to fall to 0-2-0.
* The Beacons held a 32-22 advantage in shots.
* Neither team was able to score on the power play, as Plymouth State went 0-for-3 and UMass Boston finished 0-2.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We played a very disciplined game," said head coach Mykul Haun, "and we bought into every aspect of our game plan. I feel that we have played the best team hockey in our program's history. We are excited to continue with our great play into our next contest tomorrow afternoon."
* Plymouth State welcomes defending National Champion Norwich University to Hanaway Rink for a 2:00 p.m. NEHC contest. The Cadets are currently ranked #2/#3 in this week's national polls.
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