Southern Maine Women's Ice Hockey Team Gets First Win, Downs NEC 6-1

F Amanda Piknick
F Amanda Piknick

            GORHAM, Maine -- Sophomore forward Amanda Piknick (Hyannis, Mass.) tallied four points on two goals and two assists as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the New England College Pilgrims 6-1 in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) game Saturday afternoon at Lee Clement Arena.

            The win was the first of the season for the Huskies after two losses.  The Huskies are 1-2-0 overall and 1-1-0 in NEHC play.  The Pilgrims dropped their fourth straight game slipping to 0-4-0 overall and 0-2-0 in the league.  The two teams will meet again at USM in January.

            Piknick scored her first collegiate goal at 9:44 of the first period, assisted by sophomore Grace Simmons (Buffalo, N.Y.), to get the visitors on the scoreboard first.  Fifty-four seconds later, sophomore Jill Hannigan (Portland, Maine) netted her first of the season to give USM a 2-0 lead.

            In the middle frame, NEC junior Katie Donohue (Yarmouthport, Mass.) scored on a breakaway at 5:07 to cut USM's lead in half.  Less than four minutes later, junior Julia Ormsby (Barre, Vt.) restored the Huskies' two-goal advantage with the first of her two goals in the game.  Piknick earned the lone assist.

            Southern Maine put the game away with three goals in the final period.  Piknick scored her second goal of the game at 9:03 to make it 4-1.  Concannon and Ormsby scored 43 second apart inside of three minutes to go to put the issue out of reach.  Piknick collected her fourth point of the day on the Ormsby goal.

            USM sophomore goalie Whitney Padgett (Eden Prairie, Minn.) picked up her first win of the season stopping 31 shots.  NEC junior goalie Jackie Clark (Dorchester, Mass.) had 35 saves at the other end.

            The Huskies racked up a 41-32 advantage in shots on goal in the game, and converted on 1 of 7 power-play chances.  The Pilgrims went 0 for 6 with the extra skater.

            Southern Maine plays its home opener next Friday (4:00 p.m.) hosting the University of Massachusetts Boston.  New England College hits the road next weekend traveling to Castleton University on Friday (7:00 p.m.).