Mitchell, Evangelista Lead USM by UNE 3-0

Sophomore G Britney Evangelista made 35 saves in USM's 3-0 shutout win at the University of New England Friday night. (file photo by Jason Johns).
Sophomore G Britney Evangelista made 35 saves in USM's 3-0 shutout win at the University of New England Friday night. (file photo by Jason Johns).

(Courtesy of UNE Sports Information)

Mitchell, Evangelista Lead USM by UNE 3-0

            BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Sophomore Alex Mitchell (Wrentham, Mass.) had two goals and an assist while classmate Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.) totaled 35 saves to record the shutout in the University of Southern Maine's 3-0 win over the University of New England in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's game Friday night at the Harold Alfond Forum.

            The win improved the Huskies' record to 4-9-0 overall and 2-4-0 in conference play, and gave them a split of the teams' home-and-home regular-season series. UNE, which blanked the Huskies back in November, dropped to 5-7-2, 2-3-1 in NEHC action.

            Mitchell gave USM enough scoring for the win with the lone goal of the first frame, going top shelf with a wrist shot from the left circle. Senior Katie Couture (Harrisville, R.I.) got the play started for the assist.

            Couture would double Southern Maine's advantage at 8:46 of the second when she received a pass from rookie Katie Nolan (Dorchester, Mass.) and skated through the neutral zone and into the slot before beating UNE senior goaltender Sydney Helmbrecht (Grand Rapids, Minn.) just inside the left post. Mitchell was credited with a secondary assist.

            Mitchell would tack-on another marker less than three minutes later, potting a wrist shot near-post from the right circle. Nolan and sophomore Tawni Mohler (McCall, Idaho) assisted on the goal.

            Evangelista made a point-blank stop of junior Haley Gorman (Melrose, Mass.) early in the second period and kept the shutout intact early in the third with a nice save of a shot by junior Kierra Wright (JR/Georgia, Vt.) with the Nor'easters on a 5-on-3 power play.  The shutout was the first of the season, and third of her career, for Evangelista.

            Helmbrecht had eight saves in 31:34 of playing time, and rookie Caty Flagg (Methuen, Mass.) came on to make nine stops for the Nor'easters, who led 35-20 in shots for the game.

            Both teams will have NEHC games tomorrow afternoon. The Huskies play a 1:00 p.m. road game at New England College, and UNE travels to Plymouth State University for a 2:00 p.m. tilt. 

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