Lindqvist records 22 saves in setback
GORHAM, Maine – Senior Emelie Lindqvist (Gulleråsen, Sweden) made 22 saves but the Plymouth State University was unable to find the back of the net as the Panthers fell to the University of Southern Maine, 2-0, in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's ice hockey game at the USM Ice Arena Tuesday night.
The Huskies took a 1-0 lead in the first period. The score remained the same into the third period, with PSU putting extended pressure on the Huskies during a four-minute power play, but the hosts were able to withstand the Panthers' attack and countered with a power play tally at the 9:27 mark.
With the setback Plymouth State drops to 6-14-3 and 4-7-3 in the NEHC, while the Huskies go to 8-10-6 and 5-6-4 in conference action.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 0, Southern Maine 2
Plymouth State (6-14-3, 4-7-3 NEHC)
Southern Maine (8-10-6, 5-6-4 NEHC)
How it Happened:
* Freshman Shannon Douglas (Telford, England) put the Huskies up at the 12:12 mark of the first period with her third goal of the season.
* The Panthers had a pair of power play opportunities in the opening frame and outshot the hosts by a 13-7 margin, but senior goaltender Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.) was up to the challenge.
* PSU's best opportunity to pull even came early in the third period after the Huskies were whistled for checking and unsportsmanlike conduct, resulting in a four minute power play. Plymouth State had extended zone pressure during the opportunity, with multiple scoring chances, but Evangelista and the Huskies' defense was able to keep the Panthers off the scoreboard.
* After killing the extended power play, USM took advantage of the momentum to double its lead when junior Amanda Piknick (Hyannis, Mass.) notched her third goal of the year with a skater advantage midway through the frame.
* The Panthers applied extra pressure through the end of the frame, including an extra skater for the final 2:08, but were unable to break through.
Inside the Numbers:
* The Panthers outshot USM by a 34-24 margin.
* Plymouth State finished 0-of-5 on the power play, while the Huskies cashed in on 1-of-2 chances.
* Lindqvist fell to 5-7-1 despite making 22 saves, while Evangelista stopped all 34 shots she faced to improve to 4-3-6.
* The two points move Southern Maine into sole possession of fourth place in the NEHC, with PSU sitting in seventh. The four teams in fourth through seventh are separated by just three points.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"We dominated in the face-off and shots categorys, we were just a bit snake-bitten in the goals department," said head coach Mykul Haun. "It took us a bit go get going. USM worked hard and played their game well. We wer a bit unlucky with the goals that wer scored, but we will get bcak to work for the weekend."
* Plymouth State closes out the regular season with a pair of NEHC games this weekend. The Panthers visit Salem State on Friday night (Feb. 8), before celebrating Senior Day on Saturday (Feb. 9) against Suffolk. Puck drop is set for 2:00 p.m.
* The Huskies wrap up their regular season on Saturday (Feb. 9) when they host New England College for a 1:00 p.m. game.
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