Panthers rally from two two-goal deficits behind Fagan's two goals
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Alexis Fagan (Burrillville, R.I.) scored for the third straight game and recorded her 50th career point and freshman Georgia McLellan (Kamloops, British Columbia) scored in the final minute as Plymouth State University rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits to earn a 5-5 tie with Johnson & Wales University in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink on Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers took a first period lead only to have JWU score three straight times for a 3-1 lead at the end of the first period. PSU pulled even with the only two goals of the middle stanza, but the Wildcats pull back in front with goals at the six and 13-minute marks. Fagan potted her second of the game with 4:36 remaining and McLellan accounted for the final score with just 43 seconds left in regulation.
Plymouth State moves to 3-13-1 and 2-7-1 in the NEHC, while Johnson & Wales ends the day at 7-8-3 and 4-3-2 in conference action.
Plymouth State 5, JWU 5 (OT)
Plymouth State (3-13-1, 2-7-1 NEHC)
JWU (7-8-3, 4-3-2 NEHC)
How it Happened:
- PSU got off to a good start as senior Maddie Kabasakalian (Kent, Conn.) skated in on the nearside end boards before passing to junior Marykate Thompson (Glastonbury, Conn.) at the back door for an easy goal at the 4:19 mark.
- Johnson & Wales came right back less than 90 seconds later when senior Kathryn Mason (Grafton, Mass.) dumped the puck into the middle and junior Kaitlin Irvine (Alexandria Bay, N.Y.) popped it into the top right corner.
- The Wildcats pulled ahead with a power play goal at the 12:29 mark when freshman Katarina Diehr (Fullerton, Calif.) had her shot from the point sneak through traffic and into the back of the net.
- The visitors pushed the lead to 3-1 just eight seconds later on freshman Skylar Robert's (Newport, Vt.) first career goal.
- Plymouth State cut the margin to one, 3-2, when sophomore Siri Brett (Wenatchee, Wash.) blasted home the rebound off a shot at the point from senior Sydney Linnick (Highland's Ranch, Colo.) during a power play 8:24 into the second.
- Fagan continued her recent scoring binge when she evened the game with a turnaround shot in the slot with 3:27 left in the middle stanza.
- JWU went back ahead, 4-3, as junior Drea Westgaard (Elk River, Minn.) skated the length of the ice and snapped a wrist shot to the bottom right corner 6:02 into the third.
- The visitors pushed the lead to two when senior Cassidy Simanski (Cumberland, R.I.) knocked in a rebound of her own shot on the power play with 7:07 left to play.
- Fagan came right back with her second of the day just over two minutes later when she backhanded in the rebound of a shot off the stick of senior Amanda McPherson (Livonia, Mich.).
- McLellan earned the tie when she whipped a perfectly placed shot from the bottom of the left face-off circle off the farside post and in to send the game to overtime.
- Neither team was able to break through in the extra period.
Inside the Numbers:
- Fagan has scored in each of the last three games and extends her season (13) and career goals records (35), as well as her overall career points (50).
- McLellan tallied a goal and an assist for her first multi-point game of the year, while Linnick handed out a pair of assists.
- Irvine, Diehr and Robert all scored their first goals of the year for JWU.
- Johnson & Wales made the most of its three power play opportunities, scoring twice, while PSU went 1-for-4 with the skater advantage.
- Freshman Becca Bridge (Gadsby, Alberta) made 27 saves to improve to 3-10-1 for the Panthers, while junior Claire Parry (Westport, Conn.) stopped 38 shots for the Wildcats to move to 2-2-2.
- Plymouth State wraps up its seven-game homestand on Friday (Jan. 31) against Anna Maria. Puck drop is set for 6:00 p.m.
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