Southern Maine Holds Off Plymouth State 2-1

Senior goalie Whitney Padgett made a career-high 53 saves against Plymouth State (file photo by Jason Johns).
Senior goalie Whitney Padgett made a career-high 53 saves against Plymouth State (file photo by Jason Johns).

Padgett Makes Career High 53 Saves for the Huskies

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. -- Senior goalie Whitney Padgett (Eden Prairie, Minn.) made a career-high 53 saves, including 27 in the third period, to give the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies a 2-1 victory over the Plymouth State University Panthers in New England Hockey Conference women's action Friday evening at Hanaway Rink.

            The win lifts the Huskies' record to 7-10-2 overall and 5-5-0 in NEHC play, and avenges an early-season loss at home to the Panthers.  The Panthers dropped their eighth straight game to fall to 3-13-0 overall and 2-7-0 in the conference.

            Padgett was the difference for the Huskies, protecting a 2-1 lead throughout the third period when the Panthers outshot the Huskies 27-5.  The Huskies had to kill off three Panther power plays in the final period, including a span of 1:10 late in the period when the home side enjoyed a 5-on-3 advantage.  Padgett's 53 saves surpassed her previous high of 51 stops against Colby on February 14, 2017.

            All the scoring in the game came within a span of 3:41 in the middle period.  Junior Shannon Colbert (Manomet, Mass.) gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead at 12:18 with an unassisted marker.  The goal was the fifth goal of the season for Colbert.

            Just 10 seconds after Colbert gave the Huskies the lead, the visitors were whistled for a minor penalty and the Panthers took advantage.  Senior Alexis Fagan (Wakefield, R.I.) tied game at 1-1 with her team-leading 11th goal of the season, set up by classmate Julie Nagel (Canton, Mass.), at 13:14.

            The tie lasted less than three minutes as USM senior Amanda Piknick (Hyannis, Mass.) tallied a power-play marker, assisted by sophomore Brianna Doty (Lyndonville, Vt.), at 15:59 to provide the Huskies with the difference.

            Plymouth State piled up a 54-20 edge in shot on goal in the game.  Sophomore goalie Olivia Petito (St. Augustine, Fla.) made 18 saves in the PSU goal before being lifted for the extra skater with 3:40 remaining in regulation.  Southern Maine was successful on 1 of 2 power plays, while Plymouth State was able to convert on 1 of 6 power plays.

            Southern Maine is back in action Saturday afternoon (2 p.m.) traveling to NEHC foe Salem State University.  Plymouth State will host Johnson and Wales University on Saturday (3 p.m.) for a conference contest.