Panthers fall to defending National Champs in final minutes
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Juniors Olivia MacMillan (Walpole, Mass.) and Alexis Fagan (Burrillville, R.I.) each scored goals, but #2/#3 Norwich University notched a pair of power play tallies late in the third period to top Plymouth State University, 4-2, in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink on Saturday afternoon.
PSU took a first period lead on MacMillan's power play goal, but the Cadets evened things four minutes later with a skater advantage. Norwich added a second power play goal early in the second period, but Fagan scored the equalizer in the final minute of the frame.
The visitors took advantage of a 5-on-3 opportunity when junior Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.) scored the game-winner, her second of the game, for the Cadets. Norwich added an insurance tally with the skater advantage 46 seconds later.
Plymouth State drops to (1-3-0, 1-1-0 NEHC), while Norwich, ranked #2 in the latest USCHO.com poll and #3 in this week's D3hockey.com poll, moves to 2-1-0 and 2-0-0 in league play.
Plymouth State 2, #2/#3 Norwich 4
Plymouth State 1-3-0, 1-1-0 NEHC
Norwich 2-1-0, 2-0-0 NEHC
How it Happened:
* MacMillan picked up her third goal of the weekend 5:13 into the game. She was able to poke the puck in during a scrum in front of the net with the Panthers on the power play.
* Junior Maddi Blauth (Pennington, N.J.) evened the game for the Cadets with a power play goal of her own just 4:19 later when she slipped a wrist shot from the near side slot past PSU senior goaltender Emelie Lindqvist (Gullerasen, Sweden).
* PSU had a great opportunity at the 13:41 mark when a Norwich turnover led to a shorthanded attempt by senior Brooke Maggy (Los Angeles, Calif.), but freshman goaltender Alexa Berg (West Fargo, N.D.) was up to the challenge.
* Norwich pulled in front with another power play tally 3:24 into the second period. Conway took a pass from senior Adrieana Rossini (Malden, Mass.) on the near side and skated across the slot before firing a wrist shot over Lindqvist's glove.
* Fagan picked up a loose puck in front of the Norwich goal following a Cadets' turnover and lifted a shot over Rossini's shoulder to even the game at 2-2 with 34 seconds left in the frame.
* The Cadets took advantage of a pair of tripping penalties late in the third period to steal the win. Conway struck for the second time when she poked home her own rebound to the near side post with 3:02 remaining, and Rossini added an insurance goal just 46 seconds later to put the game away.
Inside the Numbers:
* Lindqvist continued her torrid start to the season with another 30-save effort, finishing with 33. She has made 30-plus stops in all four contests this season.
* Conway's two goals give her 60 for her career and 94 career points.
* Rossini finished with a goal and two assists for the Cadets.
* Freshman Siri Brett (Wenatchee, Wash.) picked up her first career point after tallying the assist on MacMillan's goal.
* Norwich held a 37-18 advantage in shots and went 4-for-8 on the power play. PSU finished 1-of-4.
* The Panthers are home for a pair of NEHC contests next weekend. PSU welcomes Castleton to Hanaway Rink on Friday (Nov. 9) for a 6:00 p.m. contest, before hosting New England College for a Salute the Troops game on Saturday (Nov. 10) with puck drop set for 2:00 p.m.
* Norwich visits Plattsburgh State for a non-conference match-up on Wednesday (Nov. 7) at 7:00 p.m.
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