Southern Maine Falls to Franklin Pierce 3-0

Junior Emilee Burris (left) and sophomore Jensen Hamblett get set for a faceoff (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior Emilee Burris (left) and sophomore Jensen Hamblett get set for a faceoff (file photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine Falls to Franklin Pierce 3-0

            GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Marissa Ketterman (Palmer, Alaska) scored two goals and senior goalie Shannon O'Neil (Tewksbury, Mass.) stopped 20 shots as the visiting Franklin Pierce University Ravens shut out the University of Southern Maine Huskies 3-0 in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's game Saturday at the USM Ice Arena.

            The win was the second straight, and sixth in the last seven games, for the Ravens, and improved their record to 14-5-1 overall and 10-4-0 in NEHC play.  The Huskies fell to 6-13-1 overall and 4-8-1 in the league.

            The Ravens came out strong in the opening period outshooting the Huskies 19-5, but had nothing to show for their efforts as USM sophomore goalie Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.) turned aside every FPU bid.

            Down a skater early in the second period, Ketterman was sent in alone on Evangelista and scored a short-handed goal at 2:39 to give FPU the lead.

            Rookie Meg Gilbride (Braintree, Mass.) doubled the Ravens' advantage at 15:41 of the period when she converted a set-up from seniors Katie Flynn (East Sandwich, Mass.) and Nina Danforth (Stratford, Conn.) into her seventh goal of the season.

            Ketterman notched her second goal of the game, and 12th of the season, at 5:33 of the third period when she got Evangelista moving across the goal and slipped the puck back behind her.  Flynn picked up the lone assist on the play.

            Evangelista finished with 33 saves.  O'Neil earned her seventh shutout of the season and improved her record to 12-4-1.

            Southern Maine begins a stretch of three straight road games next Friday (7:00 p.m.) at Castleton University.  Franklin Pierce has a make-up game at home with Post University on Tuesday (8:00 p.m.). 

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