PSU Women’s Ice Hockey nipped by Nazareth in final seconds

PSU Women’s Ice Hockey nipped by Nazareth in final seconds

Fagan becomes program's all-time leading scorer in loss 

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Alexis Fagan (Burrillville, R.I.) became the Plymouth State University women's ice hockey program's all-time leading scorer with her game-tying, third period goal, but Nazareth College scored with less than ten seconds left in regulation to squeak past the Panthers, 3-2, in a non-conference women's ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink on Monday night.

            Nazareth, which is receiving votes in this week's USCHO national poll, built a 2-0 lead after the first period. Senior Julie Nagel (Canton, Mass.) cut the deficit in half with her power play strike seven minutes into the second, and Fagan squared the game on a power play four minutes into the third. It appeared as though the game would head to overtime, but sophomore Abbey Luth (Dartmouth, Mass.) was able to slip the puck into the goal with just under ten seconds remaining for the win.

            With the setback Plymouth State drops to 3-10-0, while Nazareth moves to 10-2-1.

 

            The Basics:

            Plymouth State 2, Nazareth 3

 

            Plymouth State (3-10-0)

            Nazareth (10-2-1)

 

            How it Happened:

  • Nazareth took a 1-0 lead at the 6:12 mark of the first when freshman Celena Rea (Bloomington, Minn.) snuck a soft wrist shot from just inside the blue line low to the stick side of PSU freshman goaltender Becca Bridge (Gadsby, Alberta).
  • The Golden Flyers made it 2-0 in the final minute of the opening period when freshman Rachel Rice (Plano, Texas) fired a wrist shot off the crossbar and in.
  • PSU made the most of its first power play opportunity early in the second, as Nagel buried home the rebound off a shot from classmate Amanda McPherson (Livonia, Mich.) at the 6:55 mark.
  • The Panthers nearly tied the score six minutes later when sophomore Zoë Killisch (Vienna, Austria) connected with freshman Sophie Streed (Surry, N.H.) as she skated into the slot, but the shot was turned aside by Nazareth sophomore Adrianna Brehm (Detroit Lakes, Minn.).
  • Following a blocked shot, Nazareth had a breakaway opportunity late in the period but senior Alie Louie (Mount Laurel, N.J.) made a great play to get back and prevent a shot.
  • PSU tied the game with another power play score four minutes into the third period when Fagan stuffed in a wraparound after controlling the rebound off a Nagel shot.
  • Nazareth took a timeout with 23 seconds to play and Luth tipped in a shot from freshman Makenna Wiljanen (Brighton, Mich.) with less than ten seconds on the clock.

 

            Inside the Numbers:

  • Fagan is now officially the best scorer in program history with program bests of 31 goals and 46 points. The score was her ninth of the year, which also matches the school record for goals in a season.
  • Nagel finished with a goal and an assist for her third multi-point game of the year, while McPherson and senior Caitlin Connor (Bow, N.H.) each picked up their seventh assists of the year to share the team-lead.
  • Bridge matched a career high with 50 saves.
  • Brehm stopped 16 shots to improve to 7-2-1 for the Golden Flyers.
  • The Panthers' two power play goals were the first allowed by Nazareth this season. Entering the game their penalty kill unit was a perfect 39-for-39.

 

            Straight From the Coach's Mouth:

            "We came out and played one of the most complete games that I can remember," said head coach Mykul Haun. "We knew it was going to be a challenge and we accepted it from the drop of the puck. It was amazing to see Alexis take over as our all-time leader in points. I've had the pleasure of coaching her over the past four season, knowing that this day was imminent.""

 

            Up Next:

  • The Panthers are off until next Friday (Jan. 17), when they host NCAA Division I Franklin Pierce at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

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