Killisch nets first career goal in setback
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Zoë Killisch (Viena, Austria) scored her first career goal and sophomore Alex Rajsigl (Tecumseh, Ont.) made 30 saves but Plymouth State University fell to the University of New England, 3-1, in a non-conference women's ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink on Friday night.
UNE took a 2-0 lead in the first period, but Killisch potted her first collegiate goal early in the second to pull the Panthers to within one. The Nor'easters answered soon after and neither team was able to find the back of the net during a scoreless third period.
Plymouth State, playing for the first time in nearly a month, drops to 2-6-3, while UNE improves to 11-2-1.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 1, UNE 3
Plymouth State (2-6-3)
How it Happened:
* UNE had an early scoring opportunity when senior Alex Mitchell (Wrentham, Mass.) picked off a cross-ice pass in the Panthers' defensive zone for a one-on-one with Rajsigl, but the goalie made a great blocker save to keep the game scoreless.
* The Nor'easters took the lead at the 8:25 mark of the first when sophomore Katie Babineau (Pepperell, Mass.) skated through several defenders before beating Rajsigl to the glove side.
* UNE doubled the lead three minutes later as sophomore Shannon Upton (Bourne, Mass.) buried a rebound on the near side.
* The Panthers cut the margin in half just 2:03 into the second period. Killisch grabbed the rebound off a shot from the point by junior Alie Louie (Mount Laurel, N.J.) for her first career tally.
* The Nor'easters restored the two-goal lead just two minutes later when sophomore Kyra Yu (Ogden, Utah) took advantage of a shot from the point that was redirected to make it 3-1.
* The third period saw the most shots of any frame, but both goaltenders stood tall and UNE was able to hold on for the win.
Inside the Numbers:
* The 30 saves by Rajsigl (1-2-2) were the second most of her career. She turned aside 50 shots in a loss to nationally-ranked Amherst last January.
* Sophomore Julia Benjamin (Tolland, Conn.) made 16 stops for the Nor'easters to improve to 10-2-1 on the year.
* UNE held a 33-17 advantage in shots.
* The teams combined to go 0-for-7 on the power play, with PSU coming up empty on three chances and the Nor'easters being held scoreless during four skater advantage opportunities.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"I thought we got off to a slow start and played a little choppy early, but we really started to find our game in the second and third period," said head coach Mykul Haun. "Alex [Rajsigl] played very well tonight. She made every save that she could and possessed the puck very well, and I'm very excited for Zoë [Killisch] to get her first goal. She's an explosive player and such a good skater, so I was really happy for her to get that first one."
* These same two teams are back at it again on Saturday (Jan. 5) with puck-drop set for 2:00 p.m.
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