Colby Downs Southern Maine 3-1

Freshman G Whitney Padgett made 51 saves in the Huskies' loss at Colby Tuesday evening.
Freshman G Whitney Padgett made 51 saves in the Huskies' loss at Colby Tuesday evening.

(Courtesy of Colby Sports Information)

Colby Downs Southern Maine 3-1

            WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College women's hockey team came out strong scoring two first-period goals to win for the first time this season defeating the University of Southern Maine 3-1 in a non-conference game Tuesday evening at Alfond Rink.

            With the win, Colby earned a split in the teams home-and-home regular-season series and is 1-19-3 heading into its regular season finale against Becker College on Saturday (6:00 p.m.).  Southern Maine dips to 6-16-1 overall.

            Senior Katie McLaughlin (Glenburn, Maine/Taft School) had a dominating game having a hand in the three Colby goals, scoring two goals and dishing out one assist.

            Southern Maine rookie goaltender Whitney Padgett (Eden Prairie, Minn.) kept the game close with 51 saves.  She made a number of difficult stops as the Mules put on plenty of pressure in the USM zone.

            Colby took the lead at 4:24 of the opening period on McLaughlin's first goal of the night. Junior Brooke Gary (Boxboro, Mass.) made a nice pass out of Colby's zone to junior Bella Papapetros (North Andover, Mass.) just before center ice line. Papapetros found herself on a 2-on-1 and pushed a pass over to McLaughlin for a one-timer that beat Padgett for a power-play goal.

            Rookie Izzy Tegtmeyer (Portland, Ore.) started the play out of Colby's zone on the second score when she pushed a pass off the right wall to Papapetros, who ended up skating behind the Huskies goal.  Papapetros turned away from a defender and went behind the goal again. With the two players battling for the puck, Papapetros managed to flick the puck to McLaughlin directly behind the net.  McLaughlin kept coming around and used a wrap-around shot for the 2-0 lead at 10:43.

            Less than a minute after McLaughlin's second goal, USM took advantage of a Colby turnover to make it 2-1 after one period.  Rookie Grace Simmons (Buffalo, N.Y.) came up with the loose puck on the right boards and immediately ripped a pass in front to senior Katie Couture (Harrisville, R.I.) for a short-handed goal at 11:38.  The goal was the ninth of the season for Couture.

            In the second period, Colby's final goal came off a USM turnover.  McLaughlin came up with the puck in the right corner, turned quickly, and found senior Eleanor Knutzen (Winchester, Mass.) in front for the score.

            Padgett and Colby rookie goalie Halley Fine (Minneapolis, Minn.), who earned her first collegiate victory, both played well in the final period.  Padgett made 19 saves and had 16 saves or more in all three periods.  Fine made eight of her 21 saves in the final 20 minutes.

            Southern Maine closes the regular season this weekend with a pair of New England Hockey Conference home games.  USM hosts Saint Michael's College on Friday (4:00 p.m.) and closes the season with a Senior Day game on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) against Saint Anselm College.