Maggy, Svane with two-point games, Lindqvist strong in net again
HENNIKER, N.H. – Senior Brooke Maggy (Los Angeles, Calif.) and freshman Ellen Svane (Thunder Bay, Ont.) each recorded two-point games and senior Emelie Lindqvist (Gulleråsen, Sweden) had yet another outstanding performance between the pipes as Plymouth State University toppled New England College, 3-1, in a key New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's ice hockey game at Lee Clement Arena on Friday night.
With the regular season winding down, the Panthers entered the game with a two-point lead over NEC for the final playoff spot, but PSU wasted little time setting the tone as senior Kelsey Roy (Livermore, Colo.) found the back of the net just 17 seconds in.
The Pilgrims knotted the game at one early in the second period, but sophomore Amber Thomas (Cornwall, Ont.) notched the game-winner midway through the period. Lindqvist made the lead hold up with 29 stops over the final two stanzas and junior Alexis Fagan (Burrillville, R.I.) added an insurance tally late in the second as the Panthers skated to the win.
Plymouth State improves to 5-13-3 (3-6-3 NEHC), while the Pilgrims fall to 3-17-1 and 2-9-1 in league play.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 3, NEC 1
Plymouth State (5-13-3, 3-6-3 NEHC)
NEC (3-17-1, 2-9-1 NEHC)
How it Happened:
* Plymouth State got on the board in the opening minute when Maggy carried the puck up the right side and behind the net, before feeding Roy at the back of the left circle where her wrist shot snuck between the pads of the NEC goaltender.
* NEC evened the score at the 2:02 mark of the second period. Skating with a delayed penalty, senior Katie Donohue (Yarmouthport, Mass.) won a battle along the boards, before sending the puck to classmate Maisie Tatum-Borich (Newport Beach, Calif.), who found the back of the net.
* The Panthers regained the lead midway through the period when Thomas buried the rebound off a shot from Maggy to make it 2-1.
* PSU went into the final stanza with a two-goal lead thanks to Fagan's late tally. After the Pilgrims were unable to clear the zone, Svane flipped the puck cross ice to Fagan in the left corner, who skated into the slot and fired a wrist shot just inside the left post with just four seconds left.
* NEC outshot the Panthers 11-9 over the final 20 minutes and had a pair of power play opportunities, but Lindqvist stood tall in net to preserve the win.
Inside the Numbers:
* Maggy's two helpers give her six on the season, tied with Thomas for the team lead, while Svane recorded the first multi-point game of her career.
* Thomas' tally was her fifth of the year, second only to Maggy who leads the team with seven.
* Lindqvist finished with 37 saves for the Panthers to improve to 4-6-1. She's made 114 saves over the last three games, allowing just a single goal in each contest.
* Freshman Cianna Weir (Olds, Alb.) made 34 stops for the Pilgrims, but dropped to 1-13-1.
* Neither team was able to cash in on the power play, as each was held scoreless in five chances.
* With the win the Panthers leapfrogged Salem State to move into seventh place in the league. The top eight teams will qualify for the playoffs.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We came out and played a very up-tempo game," said head coach Mykul Haun. "It was great to see goals from some of our top producers tonight. We are getting great contributions from Brooke [Maggy] and Ellen [Svane] lately and Emelie [Lindqvist] has been spectacular in net since returning from injury."
* Both teams are right back in NEHC action on Saturday (Feb. 2). Plymouth State returns home to face the University of Massachusetts Boston for Girls & Women in Sports Day at 2:00 p.m., while the Pilgrims visit Johnson & Wales for a 6:55 p.m. contest.
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