Fagan sets single-season goals record in setback
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Alexis Fagan (Burrillville, R.I.) notched her tenth goal of the season to establish a new program record, but #6 Norwich University snapped a 1-1 tie with four straight goals to top Plymouth State University, 5-1, in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink on Saturday afternoon.
Fagan's record-setting marker squared the game at 1-1 midway through the first period, but Norwich answered with a pair of tallies later in the period and single goals in the second and third secured the Cadets' win.
The game was the Panthers' annual Scouts' Day contest, as area girl scouts, cub scouts and boy scouts were invited to meet Pemi the Panther, welcome the team onto the ice and meet players and coaches following the contest.
With the setback, Plymouth State drops to 3-12-0 overall and 2-6-0 in the NEHC, while Norwich remains unbeaten in conference play at 8-0-0 and goes to 11-4-1 overall.
Plymouth State 1, #6 Norwich 5
Plymouth State (3-12-0, 2-6-0 NEHC)
#6 Norwich (11-4-1, 8-0-0 NEHC)
How it Happened:
- Norwich caught a lucky break to get on the board just 2:02 into the contest when senior Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.) had her shot deflect off the shoulder of freshman Julia Massota (Tewksbury, Mass.) and into the goal.
- PSU evened the score midway through the period when senior Amanda McPherson (Livonia, Mich.) played the puck along the nearside boards to Fagan, who broke in alone before snapping a wrister to the top left corner.
- The Cadets went back in front at the 12:56 mark when Massota converted a feed from senior Sophie McGovern (Hermantown, Minn.) in the slot to make it 2-1.
- Norwich made it a two-goal advantage when senior Kelley Madden (Novelty, Ohio) tipped in a blast from freshman Molly Flanagan (Lutz, Fla.) in the final minute of the period.
- The visitors pushed the advantage to 4-1 just over a minute into the middle stanza when freshman Ann-Frederique Guay (St-Lambert-de-Lauzon, Quebec) scored on a wrap around.
- Conway capped the scoring when she pushed home a rebound off a shot from the point from sophomore Taylor Tom (Kenora, Ontario) 2:17 into the final period.
Inside the Numbers:
- Fagan now holds school records for goals in a season (10) and career (32) and career points (47).
- McPherson leads the Panthers with nine assists on the year.
- Freshman Becca Bridge (Gadsby, Alberta) made 46 saves in the setback.
- Neither team was able to capitalize on the power play as Norwich finished 0-for-3, while the Panthers were held scoreless in their one chance.
- The Cadets held a 51-16 edge in shots.
- The Panthers remain home for a pair of conference games next weekend, starting with Southern Maine on Friday (Jan. 24) at 6:00 p.m.
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