Evangelista Stops 35 Shots for Her Fourth Career Shutout
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Junior goalie Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.) stopped 35 shots to record her first shutout of the season, and the fourth of her career, as the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies women's ice hockey team defeated the Becker College Hawks 1-0 in a non-conference game Saturday evening at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center.
The win gave the Huskies a sweep of the teams' home-and-home series, and improved their overall record 6-11-0. The Huskies won Friday night's game at home by a 2-1 count in overtime. The Hawks dropped their fourth straight game to slip to 2-12-2 on the season.
Sophomore Amanda Piknick (Hyannis, Mass.) staked Evangelista to the lead with an unassisted goal at 7:59 of the first period. The goal was the fourth of the season for Piknick. Evangelista had 12 saves in the opening period, and stopped 14 more shots in the second period. She finished with nine saves in the third period.
The Huskies penalty killers played a big role in the game killing off all nine Hawk power plays, including a pair of 5-on-3 advantages.
Becker finished the game outshooting Southern Maine 35-20. Junior Madison Rigsby (O'Fallon, Mo.) made 19 saves for the Hawks.
Southern Maine is back in action next weekend playing a home-and-home, New England Hockey Conference series with the University of New England. The teams will play Friday evening (7:00 p.m.) at USM, and at UNE on Saturday (4:00 p.m.). Becker hosts Post University on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.).