Southern Maine Blanks Post University 7-0

Rookie D Grace Simmons had three assists in the Huskies' 7-0 win at Post University on Saturday.
Rookie D Grace Simmons had three assists in the Huskies' 7-0 win at Post University on Saturday.

Ormsby Scores Twice; Nolan Adds a Goal and Two Assists

            SHELTON, Conn. -- Sophomore Julia Ormsby (Barre, Vt.) scored her first two career goals and rookie Katie Nolan (Dorchester, Mass.) had a goal and two assists as the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies shut out the Post University Eagles 7-0 in a non-conference women's ice hockey game Saturday afternoon at the SportsCenter of Connecticut.

            The win was the second straight, and third in the last four games, for the Huskies who improved to 3-5-0 overall.  The seven-goal outburst was the most by the Huskies since they scored seven times against Plymouth State University on December 7, 2010.  The Eagles, still searching for their first win, fell to 0-7-0.

            The Huskies jumped out to a 4-0 in the first period outshooting the Eagle 29-3.  Sophomore Jensen Hamblett (Colchester, Vt.) and Ormsby scored before the period was four minutes old to stake USM to an early 2-0 lead.  Sophomore Alex Mitchell (Wrentham, Mass.) tallied her first of the season at 14:37, and junior Emilee Burris (Brookfield, N.S.) lit the lamp at 18:25.

            Ormsby scored her second goal of the game at 5:18 of the second period while the Huskies were shorthanded.  Senior Katie Couture (Harrisville, R.I.) tallied her team-leading fourth marker of the season at 15:03.

            Nolan provided the only scoring in the final period tallying her first collegiate goal at 2:25.

            Rookie Grace Simmons (Buffalo, N.Y.) dished out three assists during the game for the Huskies.  Senior Ally Vanidestine (Bangor, Maine) and rookie Meghan Concannon (Raynham, Mass.) picked up two assists apiece, and Couture had an assist to go along with her goal.

            USM rookie goalie Whitney Padgett (Eden Prairie, Minn.) earned her first career shutout stopping eight shots.  Freshman Jenna Baumgartner (Roseau, Minn.) started in goal for Post.  She surrendered seven goals and made 49 saves before giving way to classmate Samantha Griswold (Park City, Utah).  Griswold made eight saves over the final 6:34 without giving up a goal.  The Huskies finished the game outshooting the Eagles 64-8.

            Southern Maine finishes the first-semester half of its schedule Tuesday night (7:00 p.m.) hosting Bowdoin College for a non-conference game.  Post, which embarks on a 12-game road trip, begins the trip at SUNY Cortland on Friday (5:00 p.m.).