Southern Maine Falls to Johnson & Wales 1-0

Southern Maine Falls to Johnson & Wales 1-0

            GORHAM, Maine -- Rookie forward Hannah Tracy (Hanson, Mass.) scored the only goal of the game in the third period and senior goalie Kami Weiner (Elk Grove, Ill.) made nine saves as the visiting Johnson and Wales University Wildcats shut out the University of Southern Maine Huskies 1-0 in non-conference women's ice hockey action Friday at the USM Ice Arena.

            The win was the second straight, and third in the last four games, for the Wildcats, and improved their overall record to 3-6-3.  The Huskies dropped their second straight to slip to 3-8-0 overall.  The game was the first meeting between the two teams.

            Tracy's goal in the third put a damper on another outstanding goaltending performance from USM junior Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.).  Evangelista finished the game with 35 saves before being lifted for the extra attacker with 27.3 seconds to play in regulation time.

            The Wildcats got the lone goal at 4:22 of the third period as Tracy and sophomore line-mate Katherine Mason (Grafton, Mass.) kept the puck alive along the end board and managed to get it to the front of the goal where Tracy steered it into the far side of the net.  Sophomore Taylor Davis (Windsor, N.Y.) also earned an assist.

            With Evangelista out of the net, the Huskies had a couple of chances for an equalizer.  Weiner came up with the save on a shot from the blue line by junior Jensen Hamblett (Colchester, Vt.), and another shot flew just wide of the post.

            Johnson and Wales piled up a 36-9 advantage in shot on goal.  The Wildcats were 0 for on the power play.  The Huskies were unsuccessful on their one attempt with the extra skater.

            Southern Maine concludes the fall semester half of its schedule on Sunday (5:00 p.m.) hosting Bowdoin College.  Johnson and Wales will play tomorrow afternoon (1:00 p.m.) at Bowdoin.