Southern Maine Blanks Nichols 4-0

Junior G Courtney Davis stopped 18 shots in a shutout victory over Nichols.
Junior G Courtney Davis stopped 18 shots in a shutout victory over Nichols.

Mitchell (G, 2A) Leads Third-Period Charge

            HARRISVILLE, R.I. -- Sophomore Alex Mitchell (Wrentham, Mass.) had a goal and two assists in the third period as the University of Southern Maine women's ice hockey team scored three times en route to a 4-0 victory over the Nichols College Bison in a New England Hockey Conference game Saturday afternoon at Levy Rink.

            The win snapped a string of two consecutive overtime losses for the Huskies, and improved their record to 5-11-0 overall and 3-6-0 in NEHC play.  The Huskies are amongst a logjam of five teams separated by just one point for the final home ice berth in next month's NEHC playoffs.  The winless Bison slipped to 0-16-1 overall and 0-9-0 in conference.

            With junior goalie Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) protecting a 1-0 lead going into the third period, the Huskies broke out of their scoring doldrums putting up three markers.  Senior Katie Couture (Harrisville, R.I.) tallied her sixth goal of the season off a feed from Mitchell at 5:45 to give USM a 2-0 lead.

            After killing off a string of three minor penalties that provided the Bison with four straight minutes on the power play, including a stretch of two minutes up 5-on-3, the Huskies went on the power play and took full advantage.  Rookie Katie Nolan (Dorchester, Mass.) knocked in her second goal of the season, set up by Mitchell and Couture, at 12:06.  Mitchell finished the scoring with a power-play goal at 14:14.

            Southern Maine scored the only goal of the first 40 minutes late in the first period.  Senior Ally Vanidestine (Bangor, Maine) notched her second goal of the season out of a scramble in the front of net.  Classmate Olivia Barragree (Red Lodge, Mont.) and sophomore Julia Ormsby (Barre, Vt.) were credited with the assists.

            Davis picked her first win of the season stopping 18 shots, including 10 in the final period.  The shutout was the second of her career.  Nichols sophomore goalie Cassandra Goyette (Norton, Mass.) stopped 47 shots and kept the Bison in the game through the first two periods.  Southern Maine finished the game with a 51-18 advantage in shots on goal, and killed off all nine Nichols power plays.

            Southern Maine returns home next Friday (4:00 p.m.) hosting nationally-ranked Norwich University in NEHC action at the USM Ice Arena.  Nichols will host Salve Regina University in NEHC play, also on Friday (4:40 p.m.).