Southern Maine Downs New England College in Overtime, 3-2

Senior F Emilee Burris
Senior F Emilee Burris

Burris' Goal in OT Give USM 3-2 Win over New England College

            GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Emilee Burris (Brookfield, N.S.) scored her first goal of the season at 1:46 of overtime to give the University of Southern Maine Huskies a 3-2 win over the visiting New England College Pilgrims in New England Hockey Conference women's action Saturday at the USM Ice Arena.

            The win snapped a two-game losing skid for the Huskies, and improve their record to 7-13-1 overall and 3-6-1 in the conference.  The Pilgrims are winless in their last five (0-4-1) and fall to 2-16-2 overall and 1-7-1 in NEHC games.  The Huskies swept the teams home-and-home season series.

            In overtime, Burris was sent down the right side by a pass from rookie Shannon Colbert (Manomet, Mass.).  Burris turned towards the net in the right-wing circle and fired a wrist shot that NEC goalie Jackie Clark (Dorchester, Mass.) stopped, but could not control the rebound that Burris corralled and back-handed into the open side for the game winner.

            The Pilgrims had tied the game in the opening minute of the third period on a similar play.  Junior Vicki Shaw (Dracut, Mass.) had her shot from the right side stopped by USM sophomore goalie Whitney Padgett (Eden Prairie, Minn.), but Padgett did not control the puck and Shaw poked it home for the tying goal.

            Southern Maine took a 1-0 lead in the opening period as Colbert stuffed a shot past Clark at the right post after taking a pass from rookie Rylie Binette (Milan, N.H.).  The goal was the fourth of the season for Colbert.

            During the early stages of the first period, both teams hit the post as Shaw rang the left post in the opening minute, and Burris had a shot deflect off the right post a few minutes later.

            Rookie Haley Wheeler (Glen Mills, Pa.) tied the game early in the second period intercepting an errant pass and beating Padgett from 20 feet out for an unassisted goal.  Sophomore Jill Hannigan (Portland, Maine) restored the lead for USM at 17:45 converting at the left post from Binette.

            Southern Maine had a 27-22 edge in shots on goal in the game.  Padgett recorded 20 saves to earn her fifth win of the season.  Clark stopped 24 shots.  Both teams went 0 for 3 won the power play.

            The Huskies hit the road next weekend for NEHC games at the University of Massachusetts Boston on Friday (4:00 p.m.) and Salve Regina University on Saturday (7:00 p.m.).  New England College will be home next weekend facing Castleton University on Friday (3:30 p.m.) and Norwich University on Saturday (7:15 p.m.).