Panthers to host Salem State for Teddy Bear Toss on Saturday
EAST BOSTON, Mass. – Sophomore Amber Thomas (Cornwall, Ont.) notched an early first period goal but Suffolk University rallied with three straight goals to top Plymouth State University in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's ice hockey game at Louis E. Porazzo Memorial Skating Rink on Friday night.
Thomas gave the Panthers a lead early in the first period, but the Rams rallied with a power play strike in the middle stages of the frame to knot the game at one. The hosts pulled in front with a pair of goals in the third period and PSU was unable to get any closer.
Plymouth State falls to 2-4-1 and 2-2-1 in NEHC play, while Suffolk improves to 6-3-1 and 3-1-1 in league play.
Plymouth State 1, Suffolk 3
Plymouth State 2-4-1, 2-2-1 NEHC
Suffolk 6-3-1, 3-1-1 NEHC
How it Happened:
* Seniors Brooke Maggy (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Taylor Jackson (St. Albans, Vt.) set up Thomas for to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead just four minutes into play. Thomas collected the pass right in front of the net and flipped the puck over the glove of sophomore Kristen Caporusso (Stouffville, Ontario).
* PSU put extra pressure on the Rams midway through the period, but Caporusso was able to keep the deficit at one.
* The hosts picked up some momentum when they went on the power play at the 11:29 mark. Senior Emelie Lindqvist (Gullerasen, Sweden) turned aside four shots before junior Sydney Jordan (Prince George, B.C.) picked up her first goal of the year to even the game with 6:51 left in the frame.
* Neither team was able to score in the middle frame, though Plymouth State controlled the play and put 12 shots on goal compared to the Rams' six.
* The best opportunity for the Panthers came with seven minutes left in the frame when freshman Zoë Killisch (Viena, Austria) ripped back-to-back shots that Caporusso turned aside. Senior Mackenzie Kennedy (Brea, Calif.) picked up the rebound and fired a pair of shots of her own, the second which slid into the open left side of the net before a Suffolk player made a sliding block to keep the game tied.
* Freshman Haley Poloskey (Mattawan, Mich.) gave the Rams the lead with her fourth goal of the year just over three minutes into the third period. Poloskey picked up a deflected pass and whipped a shot from just inside the blue line to put the Rams ahead for good.
* Senior Tess Adams (Calgary, Alberta) gave the hosts some breathing room roughly four minutes later when she capitalized on a 2-on-1 breakaway.
* PSU turned up the pressure late and added an extra skater for the final 3:15 of action. Plymouth went on a 6-on-4 when the Rams were whistled for tripping with 1:41 to play, but the hosts were able to hold on for the win.
Inside the Numbers:
* Lindqvist made 20 saves over the first 47:15 before giving way to sophomore Alex Rajsigl (Tecumseh, Ontario), who made seven stops in her 9:30 of action. Lindqvist suffered the loss to drop to 1-4-0.
* Caporusso turned aside 28 shots, one shy of her career high, to improve to 6-3-1 for the Rams.
* Plymouth State went 0-of-5 on the power play, while the hosts were 1-of-2.
* Suffolk held a narrow 30-29 advantage in shots.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"Suffolk did a good job of clogging up the middle," said head coach Mykul Haun. "We controlled the pace for the first two periods, but didn't generate enough opportunities and they [Suffolk] capitalized on some broken plays. It came down to the third period and Suffolk won the battles they needed to to get the win."
* Plymouth State returns home for its annual Teddy Bear Toss game. The Panthers welcome NEHC foe Salem State to Hanaway Rink for a 2:00 p.m. game on Saturday (Dec. 1). Fans are encouraged to bring new stuffed teddy bears to toss on the ice following the Panthers' first goal. All bears collected will be donated to the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) to be redistributed to families in need over the holidays.
* Suffolk hosts Southern Maine at 5:20 p.m. on Saturday (Dec. 1).
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