Panthers' playoff run comes to an end
NORTHFIELD, Vt. – #7 ranked and top-seeded Norwich University scored three times in the opening 13 minutes on the way to an overpowering 10-0 win over seventh-seeded Plymouth State University in the semifinals of the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's ice hockey tournament at Kreitzberg Arena on Saturday.
The Panthers had recorded a magical 2-1 win over second-seeded Castleton last weekend, but the mighty Cadets quickly put to bed any thoughts of a second-straight upset victory. PSU closes its season with an 8-17-2 record to post a fifth straight season of seven or more wins. Norwich (21-4-2) advances to its 12th straight NEHC Championship game and will host sixth-seeded Suffolk next Saturday (Mar. 7) at 3:00 p.m. The Rams pulled off a 2-1 win over third-seeded Southern Maine today.
Plymouth State 0, #7 Norwich 10
Plymouth State (8-17-2)
#7 Norwich (21-4-2)
How it Happened:
- The Cadets wasted little time flexing their offensive muscle taking a two-goal lead less than seven minutes into the first and leading to a quick Plymouth State timeout.
- The hosts made it 3-0 seven minutes later.
- Senior Amanda Conway scored her second of the game just after the puck dropped to open the second and Norwich added four more tallies in the middle stanza to put the game out of reach.
- The hosts added a pair of third period goals to account for the final score.
Inside the Numbers:
- Sophomore Olivia Petito (St. Augustine, Fla.) got the start in goal and registered 20 saves over the first 24:34. Freshman Becca Bridge (Gadsby, Alberta) relieved and stopped 31 shots throughout the remainder of the contest. Each surrendered five goals, with Petito falling to 2-5-1.
- Norwich sophomore Alexa Berg (West Fargo, N.D.) posted her second straight playoff shutout, stopping all 14 of the Panthers' shots to improve to 9-3-2.
- The Cadets have outscored their opposition 19-0 through the first two rounds of the NEHC Tournament.
- Plymouth State was looking for its first appearance in the title game.
- The setback marked the final game in the careers of seniors Sydney Linnick (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Maddie Kabasakalian (Kent, Conn.), Caitlin Connor (Bow, N.H.), Amanda McPherson (Livonia, Mich.), Julie Nagel (Canton, Mass.), Eleanor Hudson (Baltimore, Md.), Alexis Fagan (Burrillville, R.I.) and Alie Louie (Mount Laurel, N.J.).
- The Panthers set a number of season and career records this winter:
- Fagan moved atop the all-time goals (40) and points (56) lists and set new standards for goals (18) and points (22) in a season.
- Linnick matched the school record for assists in a season with 13 and moved into second place with 25 career assists.
- McPherson notched 12 assists, tied for third most in a year, while Linnick and Nagel end their careers tied for fourth with 38 career points.
- Nagel and Connor each potted eight goals, tied for fourth-most in a season, while Nagel's 11 assists were the fifth-most in a season.
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