Southern Maine, UNE Skate to 3-3 Overtime Tie
GORHAM, Maine -- Junior goaltender Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.) stopped 45 shots as the University of Southern Maine Huskies women's ice hockey team hung on for a 3-3 overtime tie with the visiting University of New England Nor'easters in a New England Hockey Conference game Friday evening at the USM Ice Arena.
The tie extends the Huskies unbeaten streak to three games (2-0-1), and improved their overall record to 6-11-1. USM is 2-4-1 in conference play. The Nor'easters are now 6-6-6 overall and 1-2-4 in NEHC games.
Southern Maine shocked UNE for two goals in the opening 61 seconds to take a 2-0 lead. Rookie Shannon Colbert (Manomet, Mass.) found the net just 12 seconds into the contest potting the rebound of a shot from classmate Rylie Binette (Milan, N.H.).
USM went on the power play at the 40-second mark and needed just 21 seconds to capitalize. Junior Julia Ormsby (Barre, Vt.), who had the second assist on Colbert's goal, fired a shot from the left-wing board that was stopped by UNE sophomore goalie Caty Flagg (Methuen, Mass.), but inadvertently knocked into the net by Flagg who lost sight of the rebound behind her left skate. Sophomore Amanda Piknick (Hyannis, Mass.) and Binette earned the assists.
The Nor'easters got one back at 7:59 when junior Alex Mitchell (Wrentham, Mass.) beat Evangelista over the glove-side for an unassisted goal.
Sophomore Katie Nolan (Dorchester, Mass.) got her first goal of the season for USM on a power play at 13:40 knocking in a rebound. Sophomore Jill Hannigan (Portland, Maine) and senior Emilee Burris (Brookfield, N.S.) picked up the assists.
Sophomore Marykate Drinkwater (Franklin, Mass.) closed the gap to one for UNE with a power-play goal at 15:43 of the second period converting a set-up from sophomore Tatum Gietl (Littleton, Colo.) and junior Julianne Sheehan (Chelmsford, Mass.).
Senior Annie Mullen (Concord, N.H.) scored what proved to be the game-tying goal midway through the third period beating Evangelista from the high slot. Gietl and Sheehan picked up the assists.
Evangelista was under siege much of the night as the Nor'easters pour in 48 shots. Flagg, who was lifted after the second USM goal, returned at the start of the second period and finished with 16 saves in 46:01 of action. Junior Annie Rademacher (Sparta, Mich.) had five saves over the final 18:59 of the first period.
The Huskies and Nor'easters will play the second half of their weekend home-and-home series at UNE tomorrow afternoon (4:00 p.m.).