Fagan scores twice to become Panthers' all-time leading goal-scorer
SALEM, Mass. – Junior Alexis Fagan (Burrillville, R.I.) scored a pair of goals, becoming the Panthers' all-time leader in career goals scored, but Plymouth State University had to settle for a 3-3 tie with Salem State University in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's ice hockey game Friday night at Rockett Arena.
Plymouth State rallied from a 2-0 deficit with three unanswered goals in the second period. Fagan notched her first tally, the program-best 20th of her career, during 4-on-4 action at 14:12 of the stanza, before freshman Hannah Bradshaw (Traverse City, Mich.) and Fagan took advantage of a 5-on-3 opportunity to score a pair of power play goals in the frame's minutes.
Salem State salvaged the tie late in the third period.
With the deadlock Plymouth State moves to 6-14-4 and 4-7-4 in conference play. Salem State goes to 6-13-4 and 3-9-3 in league action.
The Panthers are currently tied for sixth place with the University of Massachusetts Boston in the NEHC standings, two points in back of the University of Southern Maine, with the regular season coming to a close on Saturday (Feb. 9). Plymouth State owns the tie-breaker over the Beacons courtesy of a season sweep of the series.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 3, Salem State 3 (OT)
Plymouth State (6-14-4, 4-7-4 NEHC)
Salem State (6-13-4, 3-9-3 NEHC)
How it Happened:
* The Vikings took advantage of a power play opportunity late in the first period to score the game's first goal. Junior Ally Webster (Hanson, Mass.) took a close-range shot that senior goaltender Emelie Lindqvist (Gulleråsen, Sweden) deflected, but Webster was able to regain control to put the hosts ahead with 12 seconds left in the frame.
* Webster struck again just 1:24 into the second period, cashing in on a rebound off a wrap-around attempt by junior Kerryann Goode (Millis, Mass.).
* PSU mounted a comeback after a pair of roughing penalties resulted in some 4-on-4 hockey. Salem lost sight of the puck following a face-off in the zone and Fagan made the hosts pay as she buried her sixth goal of the season with 5:48 left in the period.
* Salem State was hit with a pair of penalties, giving the Panthers a 5-on-3 opportunity. Bradshaw managed to tip in the puck from the right side following a scrum in front of the net to even the score at 2-2 with 3:21 remaining in the frame.
* Fagan struck again, notching her 21st career goal with just two seconds left on the power play. Junior Sydney Linnick (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) fed the puck to Fagan, who beat sophomore goalie Isabelle Woodward (Ottawa, Ont.) top-shelf to put the Panthers ahead, 3-2, with 1:08 to go.
* Goode's fourth goal of the season tied the game with 3:15 remaining in regulation and neither team was unable to pot a game-winner in the extra frame.
Inside the Numbers:
* Fagan's two goals give her 21 for her career, two more than senior Brooke Maggy (Los Angeles, Calif.) and former Panther Kelsey Lynch for the program lead.
* Goode had a hand in all three of Salem's goals, scoring the game-tying goal in the third and assisting on both of Webster's tallies.
* Lindqvist made 17 saves to move to 5-7-2 for the Panthers, while Woodward turned aside 13 shots to go to 3-7-3 on the year.
* Plymouth State finished 2-of-3 on the power play, while the Vikings were 1-of-3 with the skater advantage.
* Salem outshot the Panthers by a 20-16 margin.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"I thought we played a complete game," said head coach Mykul Haun. "Salem works very hard and creates opportunities off of turnovers, but I thought that we controlled the pace. It was nice to get the power play rolling as well, as we have struggled with that all season. We are very excited to get back home for our Senior Game tomorrow, as we have seven incredible people that will be recognized before the game."
* PSU wraps up the regular season with a Senior Day contest against Suffolk on Saturday (Feb. 9). Prior to the 2:00 p.m. puck-drop, Plymouth State will honor the team's seven seniors.
* Salem State hosts Castleton in the regular season finale Saturday (Feb. 9) at 5:00 p.m.
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