PSU Women’s Ice Hockey skates past Salem State for NEHC win

PSU Women’s Ice Hockey skates past Salem State for NEHC win

Four seniors score in Senior Day win 

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Four different players scored, and Plymouth State University used three unanswered second period goals to skate past Salem State University, 4-1, in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) game at Hanaway Rink on Senior Night on Friday evening.

            Seniors Alexis Fagan (Burrillville, R.I.), Julie Nagel (Canton, Mass.), Eleanor Hudson (Baltimore, Md.) and Caitlin Connor (Bow, N.H.) each found the back of the net to account for the Plymouth State goals. Fagan potted her program record 18th of the year late in the first period, but senior Julia Dares (Hanover, Mass.) countered for the Vikings early in the second. The Panthers tallied three goals over a span of 14:32 to seize control and neither team would light the lamp in the third period.

            Prior to the game Plymouth State honored its eight seniors; Maddie Kabasakalian (Kent, Conn.), Amanda McPherson (Livonia, Mich.), Sydney Linnick (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Alie Louie (Mount Laurel, N.J.), Fagan, Nagel, Hudson and Connor in a brief on-ice ceremony.

            With the victory Plymouth State improves to 7-14-2 and 5-8-2 in the NEHC and is locked into the #7 seed for the NEHC Tournament that begins Feb. 22. Salem State drops to 3-18-2 and 2-12-1 in conference play and will be the #8 seed.

 

            The Basics:

            Plymouth State 4, Salem State 1

 

            Plymouth State (7-14-2, 5-8-2 NEHC)

            Salem State (3-18-2, 2-12-1 NEHC)

 

            How it Happened:

  • Plymouth State got on the board at 17:36 in the first period when Nagel sent a low angle shot through the crease and Fagan poked it in on the back post.
  • The Vikings pulled even 6:32 into the second when sophomore Colleen McAnespie (Lowell, Mass.) stole the puck in the offensive zone and fed Dares, who skated in on the right side before sneaking a shot inside the near post.
  • PSU came right back at the 8:08 mark as Nagel knocked the puck loose in the offensive zone before firing a shot to the top right corner.
  • Hudson chipped in loose puck in traffic in front of the net with 5:40 left in the period and Connor added another tally to make it 4-1 just 20 seconds later.

 

            Inside the Numbers:

  • Fagan extends her program-record with her 18th goal of the season, while Nagel tallied a goal and an assist and is second on the team with 22 points.
  • Connor's tally was her seventh of the year while Hudson picked up her second.
  • Louie and McPherson also got into the scoring column in their final home game, with each assisting on the game's final goal. McPherson moved into a tie with Linnick for the team lead with 12 assists.
  • Freshman Becca Bridge (Gadsby, Alberta) made 25 saves for the Panthers to improve to 6-11-1, while freshman Dana Smullen (Peabody, Mass.) turned aside 31 shots for Salem State but fell to 0-9-1 on the year.
  • Neither team was successful on the power play as both squads went 0-for-2.
  • PSU held a 35-26 advantage in shots.

 

            Up Next:

  • Plymouth State visits Suffolk tomorrow (Feb. 15) for the NEHC regular season finale at 7:30 p.m., while the Vikings travel to Castleton for a 1:00 p.m. contest.

 

Plymouth State seniors with their families and Pemi the Panther

 

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