Jackson scores for Panthers in NEHC Teddy Bear Toss game
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University fired 44 shots on goal, but the Panthers were forced to settle for a 1-1 tie with Salem State University in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) game at Hanaway Rink on Saturday afternoon.
In the team's third annual Teddy Bear Toss game, PSU took a 1-0 lead when senior Taylor Jackson (St. Albans, Vt.) scored midway through the first period, leading to more than 300 teddy bears being thrown onto the ice. Coupled with Thursday night's men's ice hockey game, the two teams combined to collect more than 1,000 teddy bears which will be donated to the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth for families in need over the holiday season.
Plymouth State moves to 2-4-2 and 2-2-2 in conference play, while the Vikings go to 2-7-1 and 2-5-1 in league action.
Plymouth State 1, Salem State 1 (OT)
Plymouth State 2-4-2, 2-2-2 NEHC
Salem State 2-7-1, 2-5-1 NEHC
How it Happened:
* Plymouth State controlled play through the first nine minutes of action, but was unable to get the puck past sophomore goalie Isabelle Woodward (Ottawa, Ontario).
* The Panthers broke the ice midway through the period. Sophomore Amber Thomas (Cornwall, Ontario) had her initial shot saved, but in the ensuing scrum in front of the net Jackson was able to poke the puck in, leading to hundreds of teddy bears being thrown onto the ice.
* The Vikings scored the equalizer at the 6:24 mark of the second period. Junior Kerryann Goode (Millis, Mass.) skated down the left side on a 2-on-1 break and whipped a wrist shot to the far post. Sophomore goalie Alex Rajsigl (Tecumseh, Ontario) made a kick save but the puck rebounded right to senior Danielle Kelley (Charlestown, Mass.) who deposited it into the open net.
* PSU applied heavy pressure with a skater advantage midway through the second period. The Panthers fired nine shots during the power play but were unable to find the back of the net. The best chance came when Thomas took a hack at a rebound off a shot from junior Sydney Linnick (Highland's Ranch, Colo.), but Woodward was up to the challenge.
* The Vikings had a great chance as the penalty expired. A clear attempt found sophomore Jillian Danton (Arlington, Mass.), who had just come out of the box, to create a breakaway opportunity, but senior Mackenzie Kennedy (Brea, Calif.) was able to chase her down from behind to prevent Danton from getting a shot off.
* Plymouth State had a golden opportunity at the end of the period. Kennedy blasted a slap shot wide that deflected off the end boards, around the goal, and right to junior Julie Nagel (Canton, Mass.) on the back side, but Woodward made a sprawling save.
* The Panthers had the best scoring chance in the third period on an odd-man rush, but Maggy was denied on the doorstep and the game went into overtime.
* PSU had the only real opportunity in the extra frame when junior Amanda McPherson (Livonia, Mich.) skated into the zone along the left side and fired a wrist shot to the nearside post, but the puck deflected off the pipe and the teams were forced to settle for a tie.
Inside the Numbers:
* The Panthers blasted 44 shots compared to Salem State's 22, but Woodward (1-4-1) was spectacular in net making 43 saves.
* Rajsigl made 22 stops for the Panthers to 1-0-2.
* In a clean game the teams combined for just four penalty minutes as each side went 0-for-1 with the skater advantage.
* Plymouth State moves to 1-2-1 all-time against the Vikings.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"I thought we played a pretty complete game," said head coach Mykul Haun. "Our effort was better than yesterday and we created the opportunities but just couldn't capitalize."
* Plymouth State heads to Johnson & Wales on Friday (Dec. 7) for an NEHC contest. Game time is set for 3:55 p.m.
* The Vikings visit Anna Maria on Friday (Dec. 7) for a non-league game. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.
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