Southern Maine Downs Becker in Overtime 2-1

Rookie F Rylie Binette
Rookie F Rylie Binette

Binette Nets Game Winner at 1:29 of OT

            GORHAM, Maine -- Rookie Rylie Binette (Milan, N.H.) scored at 1:29 of overtime to give the University of Southern Maine Huskies women's ice hockey team a 2-1 victory over the visiting Becker College Hawks in a non-conference game Friday at the USM Ice Arena.

            The win lifts the Huskies' overall mark to 5-11-0.  The Hawks dropped their third straight to fall to 2-11-2 overall.  The two teams will play the second half of their home-and-home weekend series tomorrow night at Becker.  The game was the first meeting between the two schools.

            Binette was sent through the neutral zone after receiving a clearing pass from junior Jensen Hamblett (Colchester, Vt.).  Binette made a move around a Becker defender, and deked junior goalie Julia Johnson (Littleton, Colo.), before firing a shot into the net for her second goal of the season.  Binette's two goals this season have both been game winners.

            After a scoreless first period, the Hawks took a 1-0 lead at 8:29 of the second when junior Bailey Coons (Casper, Wyo.) took advantage of a USM turnover and roofed a shot over USM sophomore goalie Whitney Padgett (Eden Prairie, Minn.) for her fifth marker of the season.

            Southern Maine got the equalizer at 16:56 as rookie Shannon Colbert (Manomet, Mass.) knocked home a rebound.  Johnson stopped the initial shot from junior Julia Ormsby (Barre, Vt.), but the rebound went to Colbert stationed to the right of the goal and she jammed it inside the post for her second goal of the season.

            Binette had the best scoring bid in the third period when her shot from the left-wing circle clanked off the post with less than five minutes to play.

            Padgett picked up her fourth win of the season stopping 20 shots.  Johnson made 27 saves at the other end.  Neither side could take advantage of the power play as the Hawks went 0 for 4 while the Huskies were 0 for 2.