Fagan scores again for Panthers in NEHC setback
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Alexis Fagan (Burrillville, R.I.) continued to add to her record-breaking legacy tallying yet another goal to extend her season and career scoring records, but the University of Southern Maine was able to hold off Plymouth State University, 2-1, in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink on Friday evening.
After a scoreless first period, Southern Maine went ahead 12:18 into the second on a turnaround shot by junior Shannon Colbert (Manomet, Mass.). Fagan answered with a power play goal less than a minute later to even the score, but USM cashed in on a power play opportunity with four minutes left in the stanza to go back ahead.
Plymouth State's best chance to pull even came late in the third as the Panthers pulled the goalie as USM was called for a penalty giving the home team a 6-on-4. The Huskies were whistled for another penalty just over a minute later, creating a three-skater advantage for the home team, but USM goalie Whitney Padgett (Eden Prairie, Minn.) made several brilliant saves to preserve the win.
PSU falls to 3-13-0 overall and 2-7-0 in the NEHC, while Southern Maine improves to 7-10-2 and 5-5-0 in conference play.
Plymouth State 1, Southern Maine 2
Plymouth State (3-13-0, 2-7-0 NEHC)
Southern Maine (7-10-2, 5-5-0 NEHC)
How it Happened:
- Southern Maine had the first chance when freshman Kailey Robert (Colchester, Vt.) intercepted a pass at her own blue line and outskated the PSU defense for a breakaway opportunity, but sophomore Olivia Petito (St. Augustine, Fla.) made the save.
- The Panthers had steady pressure during a power play chance late in the period, but the USM defense blocked three shots and Padgett had three saves to keep the game scoreless heading into the first intermission.
- Colbert gave the Huskies the lead 12:18 into the second period when she whipped a turnaround shot from right face-off circle.
- Plymouth State evened the score with a power play tally less than a minute later. Senior Julie Nagel (Canton, Mass.) created traffic in front of the net and Fagan batted home her own rebound to tie the game.
- The Huskies went back ahead with a power play goal of their own with four minutes left in the period when senior Amanda Piknick (Hyannis, Mass.) banged home the rebound on the back door after an initial shot by sophomore Brianna Doty (Lyndonville, Vt.).
- PSU had a golden opportunity to tie the game or even pull ahead late in the third period, skating with a 6-on-3 for 1:10 after pulling the goal and a pair of USM penalties, but Padgett held her ground to earn the win.
Inside the Numbers:
- Fagan picked up her 11th goal of the year, extending her season and career goals records, while Fagan notched her eighth assist.
- The duo is tied for the team lead with 14 points.
- Plymouth State peppered Padgett all night, outshooting the Huskies by a 54-20 margin, including 45-14 over the final 40 minutes.
- Padgett finished with a career-high 53 saves to improve to 5-9-2, while Petito made 18 stops for the Panthers to fall to 0-3-0.
- PSU hosts Johnson & Wales in another NEHC contest tomorrow (Jan. 25) at 2:30 p.m.
– 30 –