Thomas, Louie score for Panthers in NEHC setback
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Amber Thomas (Cornwall, Ontario) tallied a goal and an assist, but the Plymouth State University women's ice hockey team dropped a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) game at Johnson & Wales University, 5-2, at Lynch Arena on Friday night.
JWU took a 1-0 lead early in the first period, but Thomas answered midway through the second to pull the Panthers even. The Wildcats pulled ahead 3-1 with a pair of late goals in the period. Junior Alie Louie (Mount Laurel, N.J.) cut the deficit to 3-2 but the hosts took advantage of a 5-on-3 to score two power play goals to secure the win.
The Panthers dip to 2-5-2 (2-3-2 NEHC), while Johnson & Wales improves to 3-8-2 and 2-6-1 in conference play.
Plymouth State 2, Johnson & Wales 5
Plymouth State 2-5-2, 2-3-2 NEHC
Johnson & Wales 3-8-2, 2-6-1 NEHC
How it Happened:
* Junior Cassie Wakefield (North Vancouver, B.C.) put the hosts in front with a wrap-around goal 4:01 into play and the single goal would stand through the middle of the second period.
* PSU kept steady pressure on the Wildcats during a power play midway through the second. The JWU penalty kill unit held off the Panthers, but Plymouth State tied the game less than 30 seconds after the penalty expired when Thomas ripped a shot from the left side through traffic. Juniors Amanda McPherson (Livonia, Mich.) and Sydney Linnick (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) picked up the assists.
* Johnson & Wales took the lead back with 3:48 left in the frame with a short-handed goal when senior Tamara Bowden (Weymouth, Mass.) capitalized on a PSU turnover in the defensive zone. Bowden skated in and made multiple moves before beating Panthers' goaltender Alex Rajsigl (Tecumseh, Ontario) top shelf.
* Plymouth State nearly tied the score a minute later when Linnick skated around a JWU defender on the left side, but her bid to the top left corner was denied by freshman Jasmine Mucci (Arlington, Mass.).
* The hosts extended the lead to 3-1 when junior Kathryn Mason (Grafton, Mass.) redirected a Wakefield shot with 1:14 left in the period.
* Louie pulled the Panthers to within 3-2 when she beat Mucci to the far post 5:34 into the third period.
* JWU restored the two-goal lead when they took advantage of a 5-on-3 opportunity. A Wildcats' shot went wide but deflected off the end boards to senior Caitlin Sweet (Calgary, Alberta), who slipped it inside the nearside post at the 7:32 mark.
* The hosts put the game away just 25 seconds later while still on the power play. Mason picked up her second of the game when she one-timed a pass through the slot for the goal.
Inside the Numbers:
* Rajsigl turned aside 19 shots but suffered her first loss of the year (1-1-2), while Mucci made 13 stops to improve to 3-7-2.
* After combining for four minor penalties through the first two periods, the teams racked up 44 penalty minutes in the third period.
* Plymouth State was outshot 11-3 in the first period and 24-15 for the game.
* The Panthers were held scoreless on seven power play opportunities, while JWU went 2-for-7 with the skater advantage.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"JWU capitalized on their opportunities and ran their systems well," said head coach Mykul Haun. "We needed to tighten up our special teams. Giving up a short-handed goal can be backbreaking, and in our case it was tonight. The team never gave up, though, and really fought until the end. It was a great finish to prepare for Southern Maine tomorrow."
* Plymouth State closes out the fall semester with a league game against the University of Southern Maine at Hanaway Rink Saturday (Dec. 8) at 2:00 p.m.
* Johnson & Wales travels to Nichols College for a 7:40 p.m. non-conference game on Saturday (Dec. 8).
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