Fagan moves into three-way tie for program record in career goals
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Kelsey Roy (Fort Collins, Colo.) scored twice and junior Alexis Fagan (Wakefield, R.I.) tied the program record with her 19th career goal as Plymouth State University handled the University of Massachusetts Boston, 4-1, in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink on Girls & Women in Sports Day on Saturday afternoon.
Fagan gave the Panthers an early lead in the first period and Roy doubled the margin in the opening minute of the second. UMass Boston responded to cut the lead to 2-1, but freshman Hannah Bradshaw (Traverse City, Mich.) restored the two-goal lead and Roy added an empty-netter in the third to lock down the win.
Plymouth State improves to 6-13-3 and 4-6-3 in NEHC play, temporarily moving into a tie with Johnson & Wales for the sixth spot in the conference. The Wildcats play later tonight. UMass Boston falls to 9-13-2 and 5-8-2 in league play. The Beacons are currently tied with the University of Southern Maine for the four seed.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 4, UMass Boston 1
Plymouth State (6-13-3, 4-6-3 NEHC)
UMass Boston (9-13-2, 5-8-2 NEHC)
How it Happened:
* Plymouth State struck first when Fagan found the back of the net on a shot from just outside the crease at 4:14 in the first period.
* The Panthers added to their lead just 44 seconds into the second period when Roy took a pass out of the defensive zone and threw a wrister from the neutral zone that snuck five-hole through the goaltender.
* The Beacons pressed hard throughout the first half of the second period, but senior Emelie Lindqvist (Gulleråsen, Sweden) was up to the challenge, making some huge stops throughout the period, including a pad save on a point blank shot and another on a partial breakaway.
* UMass Boston cut the lead in half at the 8:47 mark when freshman Elie Fallieras (Columbus, Ohio) skated along the end boards to the slot and slid a wrist shot under the pad of Lindqvist.
* Lindqvist stepped up once again a few minutes after conceding the goal with a sprawling blocker save on a wide open net after a pass through the crease.
* Bradshaw picked up a third goal for Plymouth State at 15:09 of the second period with a one-timer off a feed from the far side goal line.
* Lindqvist stopped all 13 shots she faced in the third and Roy added an empty netter to account for the final score.
Inside the Numbers:
* Fagan's goal, the 19th of her career, moves her into a three-way tie for the program record with current Panther senior Brooke Maggy (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Kelsey Lynch (2013-16).
* Maggy and Roy both played in their 100th career games in the PSU green and white.
* Lindqvist made 32 saves for the Panthers to improve to 5-6-1, while junior Caty Flagg (Methuen, Mass.) stopped 24 shots but fell to 2-5-1 for the Beacons.
* Both teams went scoreless on the power play, with PSU going 0-2 and UMass Boston failing to convert on their lone opportunity.
* Plymouth State heads to the University of Southern Maine on Tuesday (Feb. 5) for a make-up game with the Huskies. PSU currently trails the Huskies by just one point in the NEHC standings. Puck-drop is set for 7:00 p.m.
* The Beacons close out the regular season on Friday (Feb. 8) by hosting league-leading Norwich at 7:00 p.m.
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