Fagan's game-winner makes Haun Panthers' all-time wins leader
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Alexis Fagan (Burrillville, R.I.) scored the game-winning goal with just one minute remaining to lift Plymouth State University to a 2-1 win over the University of Southern Maine in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's ice hockey game at USM Ice Arena on Saturday evening.
The win was head coach Mykul Haun's 25th career victory to make him the program's all-time leader in wins. Fagan's winner came less than a minute after the Huskies rallied to tie the game.
Plymouth State picks up its first win of the 2019-20 campaign to improve to 1-2-0 and even its record at 1-1-0 in the NEHC, while Southern Maine drops to 1-3-0 and 1-1-0 in league games.
Plymouth State 2, Southern Maine 1
Plymouth State (1-2-0, 1-1-0 NEHC)
Southern Maine (1-3-0, 1-1-0 NEHC)
How it Happened.
- Plymouth State came out firing in the opening period, doubling up the Huskies in shots by a 10-5 margin, but the Panthers were unable to find the back of the net.
- Senior Sydney Linnick (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) gave the Panthers the lead with a power play tally at the 16:09 mark of the second period and the lead held until late in the third period.
- Southern Maine knotted the game with just 1:48 left on the clock when junior Shannon Colbert (Manomet, Mass.) snuck a shot from the left circle past freshman goaltender Becca Bridge (Gadsby, Alberta).
- The game seemed destined for overtime, but sophomore Georgia McLellan (Kamloops, British Columbia) sent the puck towards the net where it ricocheted off a defender to senior Julie Nagel (Canton, Mass.), who backhanded it to Fagan at the left post for the game-winner.
Inside the Numbers:
- Bridge picked up her first career win with a 22-save effort, while USM senior goalkeeper Whitney Padgett (Eden Prairie, Minn.) stopped 28 shots in the loss.
- Fagan and scored for the second time this season, while Linnick and Nagel are tied for the team lead in points (four) in the early going.
- Haun broke a tie with his predecessor, Ashley Kilstein, to become the program's all-time wins leader. He reached the mark in two fewer seasons.
- PSU went 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Huskies were held scoreless in four opportunities.
- Plymouth State returns to NEHC action next weekend, hosting Castleton on Friday (Nov. 15, 6:00 p.m.) and visiting New England College on Saturday (Nov. 16, 7:00 p.m.).
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