USM, Castleton Skate to 2-2 Overtime Tie

USM, Castleton Skate to 2-2 Overtime Tie

USM, Castleton Skate to 2-2 Overtime Tie

            GORHAM, Maine -- Sophomore Jocelyn Forrest (Prince George, B.C.) scored her second goal of the game with 9.1 seconds remaining in regulation to give the visiting Castleton University Spartans a 2-2 overtime tie with the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's game Saturday afternoon at the USM Ice Arena.

            The tie left the Huskies with a 5-12-1 overall record and a 3-7-1 mark in NEHC play.  The Spartans, earning their second tie in their last three games, are now 4-11-4 overall and 3-6-2 in conference.

            Forrest scored from a scrum in front of USM sophomore goalie Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.).  The Spartans pulled rookie goalie Alexis Kalm (Aberdeen, N.C.) with 51 seconds to play for the extra skater and made it pay with an equalizing goal.  Evangelista had stopped an initial shot, but in the ensuing scrum, the puck wound up on Forrest's stick and she found the net for the seventh time this season.  Sophomore Chanel Tvergyak (Abbotsford, B.C.) and junior Hannah Rose (Kenora, Ontario) were credited with the assists.

            Southern Maine appeared to be on the verge of a victory after senior Katie Couture (Harrisville, R.I.) snapped a 1-1 tie with 4:23 to play.  Rookie Katie Nolan (Dorchester, Mass.) kept the puck in the Spartan zone along the right-wing board moving it behind the net to sophomore Alex Mitchell (Wrentham, Mass.).  Couture took Mitchell's pass out from behind the net and whipped a 20-foot shot past Kalm to give the Huskies a 2-1 lead.

            The Huskies had the only marker of the first 40 minutes to take a 1-0 into the third period.  Mitchell caused a Spartan offensive turnover at the USM blue line and was off on a breakaway, beating Kalm from 20 feet out with a wrist shot over the glove hand for an unassisted goal at 1:54 of the first period.

            Evangelista protected the lead until Forrest tied the game at 5:59 of the third period.  Forrest got the puck to the right of the net from rookie Bre Babiarz (Yorkville, N.Y.) and beat Evangelista to tie the game.

            Castleton outshot Southern Maine 26-23 for the game, including a 14-6 edge in the third period.  USM had a 4-1 margin in shots in the five-minute overtime, but all came from long range.  Both sides went 0 for 6 on the power play.  Evangelista recorded 24 saves for USM while Kalm stopped 21 shots at the other end.

            Southern Maine travels to Plymouth State University next Friday night (6:00 p.m.) for a NEHC game.  Castleton is at home next Friday (7:00 p.m.) hosting nationally-ranked Norwich University.