Southern Maine Edges Nichols 1-0 on Vanidestine Goal

Rookie Ally Vanidestine, seen here against UNE, scored with 1:58 remaining to give USM its fifth straight win with a 2-0 decision over Nichols College.
Rookie Ally Vanidestine, seen here against UNE, scored with 1:58 remaining to give USM its fifth straight win with a 2-0 decision over Nichols College.

(with contributions from Nichols College Sports Information)

Southern Maine Edges Nichols 1-0 in Vanidestine Goal

            HARRISVILLE, R.I. -- Freshman Ally Vanidestine (Bangor, Maine) scored the only goal of the game with 1:58 to play in regulation to give the undefeated University of Southern Maine women's ice hockey team a 1-0 victory over Nichols College in an ECAC Women's East game Friday evening at Levy Arena.

            The win extends the Huskies season-opening winning streak to five games, and equals the school record for consecutive wins (5) set in 1999.  The Huskies are now 5-0-0 overall and 4-0-0 in league play.  The Bison, still searching for their first win, slide to 0-4-0 overall and 0-3-0 in the league.

            Vanidestine scored her second goal of the season converting a pass from senior Erin Banfield (Montpelier, Vt.).  Nichols senior goalie Francesca Palazzo (Bernardston, Mass.) got a piece of Vanidestine's shot, but the puck trickled through her pads and across the line to light the lamp.

            That was all USM junior goaltender Liz Bergstrom (Chanhassen, Minn.) would need to earn her fifth straight win, and third shutout of the season.  Bergstrom made 26 saves, including stopping junior Grace Murphy (Montclair, Va.) on a breakaway early in the third period to keep the game scoreless.

            Palazzo made 22 saves before being lifted with 1:12 to play in favor of the extra attacker as the Bison pressed for a tying goal.

            Southern Maine travels to Stamford, Conn., on Saturday (4:00 p.m.) to face 10th-ranked Manhattanville College.  Nichols hosts Plymouth State University on Saturday (4:00 p.m.). 

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