Fagan pots game-winner for NEHC victory
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Alexis Fagan (Burrillville, R.I.) tallied her second goal of the year just over one minute into overtime to lift the Plymouth State University women's ice hockey team to a 2-1 win over New England College in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) contest at Hanaway Rink during Salute the Troops on Saturday.
Sophomore Amber Thomas (Cornwall, Ont.) gave the Panthers a first period lead with her first goal of the year, but NEC answered with a power play tally from senior Vicki Shaw in the second period to knot the game at one.
Fagan notched the game-winner early in the extra frame, flipping the puck over the blocker of NEC freshman goaltender Cianna Weir (Olds, Alb.).
Prior to the game Plymouth State recognized active and retired service men and women in attendance as part of the department's Salute the Troops event. US Air Force veteran Morgan Navarro served as the Panthers' honorary captain and conducted a ceremonial puck drop.
Plymouth State improves to 2-3-1 and 2-1-1 in NEHC play, while the Pilgrims falls to 1-5-0 and 1-3-0 in league action.
Plymouth State 2, New England College 1 (OT)
Plymouth State 2-3-1, 2-1-1 NEHC
New England College 1-5-0, 1-3-0 NEHC
How it Happened:
* Thomas gave the Panthers the lead less than five minutes into the game. Senior Brooke Maggy (Los Angeles, Calif.) fired the puck through the crease to Thomas who ripped the puck into the open net from the far side crease.
* New England College evened the game with 4:43 left in the second period. Junior Julia Radcliffe (Anchorage, Alaska) whipped a shot from just inside the blue line and Shaw tipped it in.
* Junior Sydney Linnick (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) nearly gave the Panthers the lead back late in the period, but her shot from the point hit the crossbar.
* Fagan secured the win early in the overtime period when she crashed the net and tipped a cross ice pass from junior Caitlin Connor (Bow, N.H.) inside the near post for the winner.
Inside the Numbers:
* Sophomore Alex Rajsigl (Tecumseh, Ont.) made 17 saves to pick up her first win of the year (1-0-1), while Weir put in a herculean effort with 50 saves for NEC.
* PSU outshot the Pilgrims by a 24-2 margin in the third period, and 52-18 for the game. It was the second straight contest the Panthers blasted 50-plus shots on goal.
* NEC finished 1-of-6 on the power play, while the Panthers were held scoreless over six opportunities.
* Plymouth State improves to 6-12-2 all-time against the Pilgrims. PSU has won each of the last four meetings.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We came together and dealt with a lot of adversity," said head coach Mykul Haun. "We were confident and poised throughout the game, challenging and pushing ourselves to exceed our expectations."
* The Panthers travel to Southern Maine for a league game on Friday (Nov. 16) at 4:00 p.m.
* NEC visits Norwich for an NEHC contest on Friday (Nov. 16) at 7:00 p.m.
|Honorary Captain Morgan Navarro leads the ceremonial puck-drop on Salute the Troops night.|
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