Southern Maine Downs Saint Michael's 4-2

Junior Maggie Lane scored the tying goal in an eventual 4-2 USM win over Saint Michael's on Saturday.
Junior Maggie Lane scored the tying goal in an eventual 4-2 USM win over Saint Michael's on Saturday.

            SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Junior Maggie Lane (Burlington, Mass.) and freshman Ally Vanidestine (Bangor, Maine) scored goals 40 seconds apart midway through the second period and the University of Southern Maine women's ice hockey team went on to post a 4-2 victory over Saint Michael's College in ECAC Women's East play Saturday afternoon at Cairns Arena.

            The win snapped the Huskies' four-game losing skid and got them back to .500 at 10-10-1 overall.  The Huskies are 7-5-0 in league play with two weeks remaining in the regular season.  The Purple Knights, winless in their last eight games (0-6-2), slide to 1-15-3 overall and 0-10-2 in the league.

            Saint Michael's senior Macey Thomas (Amherst, Mass.) gave the home side a 2-1 lead scoring a power-play goal at 5:45 of the second period.  Junior Fernanda Saavedra (Miami, Fla.) and freshman goalie Tina Frasca (Norwood, Mass.) earned the assists.

            Lane tied the score, off an assist from freshman McKenna Russell (Stoughton, Mass.), by stuffing home a rebound at 10:58 with her second goal of the season.  Forty seconds later, Vanidestine scored what proved to be the game winner converting a feed from freshman Katie Couture (Harrisville, R.I.).  Vanidestine took a feed from Couture after a Saint Michael's turnover in the neutral zone and went in on a breakaway against Frasca.  Vanidestine slipped the puck between Frasca's pads for her fourth goal of the season.

            The Huskies controlled the play in the third period out shooting the Purple Knights 12-2.  Rookie Lynn Kozlowski (Stoneham, Mass.) gave the Huskies an insurance marker when she netted an unassisted empty-net goal with 19 seconds remaining in regulation.

            In the opening period, USM broke the scoring ice as sophomore Cassandra Sherman (North Smithfield, R.I.) tallied her fourth goal of the campaign with the assist going to senior Bridget O'Brien (Boston, Mass.).  Junior Kristen Spulecki (Orchard Park, N.Y.) tied the game for Saint Michael's at 18:05 with her first goal of the season.

            USM junior goalie Liz Bergstrom (Chanhassen, Minn.) picked up her eighth win of the season stopping 13 shots.  Frasca made 34 saves before being lifted for the extra attacker with a minute to go.

            Southern Maine finished the game with a 38-15 edge in shots on goal.  Saint Michael's scored on 2 of 5 power plays while successfully killing off all five USM power plays.

            The Huskies are back on the road again next weekend traveling to Castleton State College on Friday (4:00 p.m.) and New England College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.).  Saint Michael's will also be on the road traveling to Nichols College on Friday (6:40 p.m.) and Manhattanville College on Saturday (4:00 p.m.).  All four games are league games. 

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