MacMillan scores in final minute of regulation for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Olivia MacMillan (Walpole, Mass.) potted the game-tying goal with just 33 seconds remaining in regulation to help Plymouth State University earn a 3-3 tie with visiting Castleton University in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink on Friday night.
After being held scoreless through the first two games, MacMillan has struck for four goals over the last three.
PSU built a 2-0 first period lead, only to have the Spartans rally with a goal in the second period and two in the third, before MacMillan saved the Panthers were her late game heroics. The teams were only able to muster three shots in the overtime period, as the game ended in a deadlock.
Plymouth State moves to 1-3-1 and 1-1-1 in the NEHC, while Castleton goes to 1-2-1 and 1-1-1 in league play.
Plymouth State 3, Castleton 3 (OT)
Plymouth State 1-3-1, 1-1-1 NEHC
Castleton 1-2-1, 1-1-1 NEHC
How it Happened:
* Junior Sydney Linnick (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) put the Panthers ahead with her first goal of the year at the 8:14 mark of the opening period when she fired a shot from the point off the skate of a Spartans' defender.
* Junior Kailey Jacobs (Westwood, Mass.) collected the rebound of her own shot, then flipped a pass to classmate Julie Nagel (Canton, Mass.) for an open net goal as PSU extended to a 2-0 lead with 2:48 remaining in the first period.
* The Spartans got one back when senior Jocelyn Forrest (Prince George, B.C.) capitalized on a neutral zone turnover just 5:25 into the second period.
* Forrest struck again with a power play tally at the 6:17 mark of the third period, and six minutes later junior Maeghan Vasile (Milford, Mass.) found herself in the right spot when she punched home a rebound to put the visitors ahead, 3-2.
* PSU pulled sophomore goaltender Alex Rajsigl (Tecumseh, Ont.) and seconds later the Panthers went on a 6-on-4 after a Spartans' penalty.
* Linnick ripped a shot that was initially turned aside, but she jumped on the rebound. After another save, MacMillan crashed the net and was able to bang home the secondary rebound to knot the game at 3-3.
* Castleton went on the power play with less than a minute remaining in the overtime period, but the Panthers' defense didn't allow a shot as the teams settled for a tie.
Inside the Numbers:
* Forrest's two goals give her six over the last three games for the Spartans.
* Linnick and Nagle each finished with a goal and an assist, while Jacobs tallied a pair of helpers for PSU.
* Senior Emelie Lindqvist (Gullerasen, Sweden) got the start in goal for PSU, stopping the only shot she face before being forced out of the game after just 4:17. Rajsigl (0-0-1) made 15 stops in relief.
* The Panthers peppered Castleton goalie Rylie Wills (Sioux Lookout, Ont.) with 51 shots, but she made 48 saves to earn the tie.
* PSU hosts New England College in another NEHC contest for a Salute the Troops game on Saturday (Nov. 10) with puck drop set for 2:00 p.m.
* The Spartans host Southern Maine in an NEHC game Saturday (Nov. 10) at 4:00 p.m.
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