Plymouth State Edges Southern Maine 2-1

Senior Whitney Padgett makes a save against Plymouth State (photo by Jason Johns).
Senior Whitney Padgett makes a save against Plymouth State (photo by Jason Johns).

Huskies Host UMass Boston Next Friday (4 p.m.)

            GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Alexis Fagan (Burrillville, R.I.) scored with 1:00 remaining in regulation to give the visiting Plymouth State University Panthers a 2-1 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's action Saturday at the USM Ice Arena.

            The win was the first of the season for the Panthers who improve to 1-2-0 overall and 1-1-0 in NEHC play.  The Huskies dip to 1-3-0 overall and 1-1-0 in league play.

            The Panthers came into the third period protecting a 1-0 lead courtesy of a second period power-play goal from Sydney Linnick (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) at 16:09.

            Southern Maine got the equalizer at 18:12 when junior Shannon Colbert (Manomet, Mass.) beat PSU rookie goalie Becca Bridge (Gadsby, Alb.) with a shot from the left-wing circle.  Freshman Peyton Dukas (Fairfield, Vt.) and senior Mikayla Butkus (Essex Jct., Vt.) earned the assists on the play.

            With overtime looming, the Panthers pushed the puck into the offensive zone.  Sophomore Georgia McLellan (Kamloops, B.C.) sent the puck towards the net where it was blocked by a USM defender.  The rebound squirted out to senior Julie Nagel (Canton, Mass.) whose sweeping backhand shot went over to Fagan at the left post and the senior fired the puck into the open side for her second goal of the season.

            Bridge earned her first career win finishing with 22 saves.  USM senior goalkeeper Whitney Padgett (Eden Prairie, Minn.) stopped 28 shots before being lifted in the final seconds for the extra attacker.

            Plymouth State outshot Southern Maine 30-23 in the contest.  The Panthers converted on 1 of 3 power plays while the Huskies were 0 for 4 with the man advantage.

            Southern Maine is back in action next Friday (4 p.m.) when it hosts the University of Massachusetts Boston.  Plymouth State returns home to play Castleton University next Friday (6 p.m.).