PSU Women’s Ice Hockey nipped by Castleton in NEHC tournament

PSU Women’s Ice Hockey nipped by Castleton in NEHC tournament

Maggy scores for Panthers in quarterfinal setback

            CASTLETON, Vt. – Senior Brooke Maggy (Los Angeles, Calif.) gave sixth-seeded Plymouth State University a first period lead, but third-seeded Castleton University notched the game-winner midway through the third period to lead the Spartans to a 2-1 win in the quarterfinal round of the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's ice hockey tournament at Spartan Arena on Saturday.

            Maggy notched a short-handed tally at the 14:45 mark of the opening period, but Castleton answered with the equalizer just over three minutes later. The teams battled through a scoreless second period and the Spartans went ahead on a power play goal from senior Jocelyn Forrest (Prince George, B.C.) at the 7:47 mark of the third and PSU was unable rally.

            The setback ends the Panthers' season with a 7-15-4 mark. Castleton improves to 10-13-3 and will face a yet to be determined opponent in the conference semifinals next Saturday (Feb. 23).


            The Final Score:

            Plymouth State 1, Castleton 2



            Plymouth State (7-15-4)

            Castleton (10-13-3)


            How it Happened:

            * Down a skater in the first, Maggy took a feed from senior Kelsey Roy (Livermore, Colo.) and beat Spartans' goaltender Rylie Wills (Sioux Lookout, Ont.) to give the upset-minded Panthers a 1-0 lead.

            * Castleton responded just a few minutes later. After corralling the puck on the nearside boards, Forrest sent an entry pass to senior Aimee Briand (Barrington, N.H.), who flicked a backhanded shot across the crease and just inside the pipe to knot the game at 1-1.

            * Neither team was able to gain an advantage in the second period, with both squads killing off a pair of penalties.

            * Plymouth State had a chance early in the third period, but the Castleton special teams were able to kill of a major penalty and the score remained tied.

            * Castleton went on the power play just two seconds after the penalty kill. Riding the momentum, Forrest gathered a rebound and lifted a shot over the shoulder of PSU goalie Emelie Lindqvist (Gulleråsen, Sweden) at the 7:47 mark and the lead would hold up the rest of the way.


            Inside the Numbers:

            * Maggy's goal was the 20th of her career, the second most in program history behind junior Alexis Fagan (Burrillville, R.I.), who has 22 career tallies.

            * Lindqvist made 33 stops for the Panthers, but fell to 6-8-2, while Wills made 26 saves and improved to 6-7-2.

            * Lindqvist finishes her career with a .930 save percentage, 2.24 goals against average, 26 wins and ten shutouts. All four are school records. Her 2,049 career saves are the third most all-time.

            * Plymouth State went 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Spartans finished 1-of-7.

            * All three match-ups between the two teams went down to the wire, with Castleton winning once in the third period and once in overtime. The third meeting ended in a tie.

            * The setback marked the final game in the careers of Lindqvist, Mackenzie Kennedy (Brea, Calif.), Taylor Jackson (St. Albans, Vt.), Roy, Maggy, Hannah Elmer (Chicopee, Mass.) and Tori Sanford (Greene, Maine).


            Straight from the Coach's Mouth:

             "We played a great game," said head coach Mykul Haun. "Well enough to garner a victory. Unfortunately it just wasn't in the cards for us. We have an amazing group of seniors who played their hearts out tonight. I'm very proud of all of our players."


            Up Next:

            * Plymouth State's season comes to an end, while Castleton advances to the NEHC semifinals with the opponent to be determined.



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