December 3, 2011

USM, Manhattanville Skate to 0-0 Tie

            GORHAM, Maine -- Freshman goalie Liz Bergstrom (Chanhassen, Minn.) stopped 35 shots to earn her first collegiate shutout as the University of Southern Maine Huskies and Manhattanville College Valiants skated to a 0-0 overtime tie in an ECAC Women's East game Saturday afternoon at the USM Ice Arena.

            The scoreless tie was the Huskies' first since February 6, 2009, when they played a 0-0 tie with Saint Anselm College, and just the fourth in the history of the program.

            Bergstrom made 16 saves in the third period, and three more in the five-minute overtime to preserve the tie.  The rookie netminder came up with two big saves in the third period on junior Sonia Occhionero (Montreal, Quebec) and freshman Alla Traun (Edina, Minn.), and two more stops in overtime on sophomore Haleigh Hutchinson (Allen Park, Mich.).

            At the other end, junior Emy Cote (Saint-Hubert, Quebec) turned aside 10 shots to pick up her second shutout of the season, and the fifth of her career.  Cote best stop came in the overtime period when she made the save on a shot from the top of the left wing circle by freshman Julia Pearl (Essex Jct., Vt.).

            Manhattanville piled up a 35-10 advantage in shots on goal during the crisply played game.

            The tie gave both teams three out of four points on the weekend.  The Huskies, now 3-3-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the league, defeated Nichols College, 2-1, Friday afternoon.  The Valiants, 4-4-1 overall and 3-2-1 in ECAC play, blanked Plymouth State University, 9-0, Friday.  The tie gave the Huskies a point against the Valiants for just the third time in the history of the series.  The Valiants lead the all-time series 18-1-2.

            Southern Maine will play its final game before the break for final exams and the holidays traveling to Colby College next Saturday (7:00 p.m.) night.  Manhattanville will play non-conference games next weekend at Middlebury College and Plattsburgh State.

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