Thompson pots first career goal, Connor buries game-winner for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Caitlin Connor (Bow, N.H.) tallied the game-winning goal, while sophomore Marykate Thompson (Glastonbury, Conn.) notched her first career goal as Plymouth State University defeated Suffolk University, 3-2, in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's ice hockey game on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at Hanaway Rink.
Plymouth State grabbed the advantage at the end of the first when Thompson found the back of the net with just four seconds left in the period. Suffolk battled back to tie the game in the second period, but junior Alexis Fagan (Burrillville, R.I.) took the lead back for the Panthers just 3:15 later.
The Rams retied the game in the third period, but once again Plymouth State responded as Connor netted a power play goal to put the Panthers up for good.
Prior to the game Plymouth State honored the seven seniors playing in their last regular season home game; Emelie Lindqvist (Gulleråsen, Sweden), Mackenzie Kennedy (Brea, Calif.), Taylor Jackson (St. Albans, Vt.), Kelsey Roy (Livermore, Colo.), Brooke Maggy (Los Angeles, Calif.), Hannah Elmer (Chicopee, Mass.) and Tori Sanford (Greene, Maine).
Plymouth State finishes the regular season 7-14-4 and 4-6-3 in the NEHC. The Panthers enter the NEHC Tournament as the sixth seed and will travel to third-seeded Castleton University for a quarterfinal game next Saturday (Feb. 16). Both games against the Spartans this year went into overtime, with Castleton earning a win on Jan. 26 and the teams skating to a 3-3 tie on Nov. 9.
Suffolk wraps up the regular season with a 15-8-2 mark and a 10-4-2 record in league games. The second-seeded Rams will host seventh-seeded University of Massachusetts Boston next weekend.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 3, Suffolk 2
Plymouth State (7-14-4, 5-7-4 NEHC)
Suffolk (15-8-2, 10-4-2 NEHC)
How it Happened:
* Both teams supplied even pressure throughout the first period, with Plymouth state mustering 11 shots to Suffolk's 12.
* PSU connected in the final seconds of the first when Thompson skated into the offensive zone along the far side and snapped a wrist shot over the goaltender's blocker.
* Suffolk evened the score at 3:06 in the second period after freshman Jesse Kennedy (Southworld, Ont.) poked the puck off the goal line and into the net during a scrum in the crease.
* The Panthers went back in front when Fagan fired a wrist shot bar down from the far side face-off circle at the 6:21 mark in the second.
* The Rams struck back midway through the third on a wrist shot by freshman Sydney Tietz (Gull Lake, Minn.) from the slot.
* Plymouth State grabbed the lead for good on a power play strike at with 5:39 remaining when Connor tipped home a slap shot from junior Sydney Linnick (Highlands Ranch, Colo.).
Inside the Numbers:
* Fagan has five goals in her last five games.
* Suffolk outshot the Panthers by a 43-27 margin.
* Lindqvist made 41 saves in her final regular season game at Hanaway Rink to improve to 6-7-2.
* Sophomore Kristin Caporusso (Stouffville, Ont.) stopped 24 shots for Suffolk, but fell to 15-7-2 on the year.
* Plymouth State finished 1-of-4 on the power play, while the Rams were 0-for-1.
* Salem outshot the Panthers by a 20-16 margin.
Straight from the Coach's Mouth:
"I was very pleased with our poise throughout the game," said head coach Mykul Haun. "Suffolk plays a high-tempo game and we were able to negate many of their scoring opportunities, which allowed us to win. We had great goaltending a great team effort all the way through. I was very excited to see Caitlin [Connor] get her first goal of the season after battling injuries for the last year and a half."
* NEHC Tournament quarterfinal action is set for Saturday (Feb. 16). Sixth-seeded Plymouth State will visit third-seeded Castleton, while second-seeded Suffolk will host seventh-seeded UMass Boston. Game times have not yet been determined.
|Seniors (L-R) Lindqvist, Kennedy, Jackson, Roy, Maggy, Elmer and Sanford with their families on Senior Day|
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