Padgett Makes 28 Saves
GORHAM, Maine -- Sophomore Alexis Fagan (Wakefield, Mass.) snapped a scoreless tie tallying a short-handed goal with 8:03 remaining in regulation and the visiting Plymouth State University Panthers tacked on a late empty-net goal to defeat the University of Southern Maine Huskies 2-0 in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) game Friday evening at the USM Ice Arena.
The win moves the Panthers into a tie for second place in the NEHC standings after Friday night's play. The Panthers are now 6-9-4 overall and 5-2-2 in NEHC games. The Huskies dropped their second straight to fall to 6-13-1 overall and 2-6-1 in the conference.
Plymouth State dominated the opening period outshooting USM 13-2, but could not put the puck past sophomore goaltender Whitney Padgett (Eden Prairie, Minn.).
Play evened out in the middle period as Padgett and PSU junior Emelie Lindqvist (Gullerasen, Sweden) turned aside all scoring bids to keep the game scoreless through 40 minutes.
The Panthers finally broke through midway into the third period while killing a penalty. Fagan stuffed a shot in close past Padgett to break the scoreless tie. Sophomores Amanda McPhearson (Livonia, Mich.) and Kailey Jacobs (Westwood, Mass.) picked up the assists on the play.
With time winding down, the Huskies lifted Padgett for the extra attacker looking for a tying goal. Junior Brooke Maggy (Los Angeles, Calif.) broke up a USM rush in the center zone, carried the puck down the left side and deposited a shot into the empty net to seal the win.
Padgett finished with 28 saves while Lindqvist stopped 18 shots to earn her fourth shutout of the season, and the 10th of her career. The PSU penalty killers successfully killed off all seven USM power plays in the game, including a stretch of four minutes in the third period.
Southern Maine is back in action tomorrow afternoon (4:00 p.m.) hosting New England College. Plymouth State travels to the University of New England tomorrow.