Fagan scores twice as Panthers pick up NEHC win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Alexis Fagan (Burrillville, R.I.) scored a pair of goals and Plymouth State University extended its unbeaten streak to four as the Panthers topped New England College, 5-2, in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink on Friday evening.
The game went back-and-forth in the early going with the teams entering the first intermission deadlocked at 1-1. NEC went ahead with a power play score at 8:08 of the second, but Fagan countered 29 seconds later, and the Panthers added three more unanswered goals to put the game away.
With the win Plymouth State improves to 6-13-1 and 4-7-1 in the NEHC, while NEC dips to 3-18-1 and 0-12-1 in league play.
Plymouth State 5, NEC 2
Plymouth State (6-13-1, 4-7-1 NEHC)
NEC (3-18-1, 0-12-1 NEHC)
How it Happened:
- Freshman Addie Swanson (Anchorage, Alaska) got the Panthers on the board at 6:39 of the first period when she collected a rebound of senior Caitlin Connor's (Bow, N.H.) shot in the slot and fired it to the bottom right corner.
- The Pilgrims came right back three minutes later when a long pass from sophomore Cortney Reyes (Chino Hills, Calif.) led to a 1-on-0 breakaway for senior Tara Turcotte (Huntington Beach, Calif.), who whipped a shot to the top right corner.
- NEC had a great opportunity early in the second period when another long pass led to a 2-on-0 break, but Connor came in from behind and broke up the play before the Pilgrims could get a shot off.
- Turcotte put the visitors ahead with a power play goal at 8:08 of the second. Reyes' shot from inside the blue line on the right side was tipped in front by freshman Cassandra Kelly (Alexandria, Minn.) and Turcotte banged home the rebound.
- PSU came back to even the score less than 30 seconds later when senior Julie Nagel (Canton, Mass.) sent a cross-ice pass to Fagan, who buried the puck into the back of the net.
- The Panthers cashed in on a 5-on-3 opportunity to go back ahead when freshman Georgia McLellan (Kamloops, British Columbia) fired a shot from the left face-off circle through traffic and in at 13:45.
- PSU made it a two-goal game when senior Eleanor Hudson (Baltimore, Md.) blasted a shot from the left face-off circle after a feed from Connor at 5:50 in the third.
- Fagan potted her second of the night, a short-handed tally, to make it a 5-2 game less than three minutes later when a stretch pass from senior Amanda McPherson (Livonia, Mich.) led to a breakaway. Fagan, who was being pulled down on the shot, was able to maintain control of the puck and flipped it inside the farside post while falling to the ice.
Inside the Numbers:
- Fagan extends her program record for goals in a season to 17. The previous school mark was 10.
- Connor had a pair of assists on the night to give her nine on the year, while Linnick and McPherson share the team lead with 11.
- The Panthers went 1-for-5 on the power play, while NEC was 1-for-6.
- Sophomore Olivia Petito (St. Augustine, Fla.) made eight stops over the first 25:01, before giving way to sophomore Becca Bridge (Gadsby, Alberta), who made 12 saves to improve to 5-10-1.
- Sophomore Cianna Weir (Olds, Alberta) made 46 saves for the Pilgrims, but fell to 2-13-1.
- Both teams are back in NEHC action tomorrow. Plymouth State heads to UMass Boston for a 4:00 p.m. contest, while the Pilgrims visit Johnson & Wales at 6:55 p.m.
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