Southern Maine Women's Ice Hockey Falls to UNE in Season Opener 4-3

Junior F Katie Nolan had a goal and an assist in the Huskies season opener at UNE (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior F Katie Nolan had a goal and an assist in the Huskies season opener at UNE (file photo by Jason Johns).
Huskies Host Endicott College on Saturday (4 p.m.)

            BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Senior Carly Perreault (Berlin, N.H.) scored with 6:01 remaining in the third period to give the University of New England Nor'easters a 4-3 win over the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference women's ice hockey game Friday evening at the Harold Alfond Forum.  The game was the season opener for both teams.

            Tied 2-2 heading into the final period, the Nor'easters took a 3-2 lead on a goal from sophomore Katie Babineau (Pepperell, Mass.) off assists from Perreault and rookie Bella Crugnale (Pittsburgh, Penn.) at 5:12.

            The lead lasted just 24 seconds as USM junior Jill Hannigan (Portland, Maine) tallied her first marker of the season off an assist from classmate Katie Nolan (Dorchester, Mass.) to tie the score at 3-3.

            With time winding down, the Nor'easters forced a turnover in their offensive zone.  Sophomore Jessie Scott's (Barre, Vt.) shot was stopped, but Perreault was in the right spot at the right time to put the rebound into the net.

            Southern Maine scored the first goal of the game at 4:42 of the first period when rookie Shannon Douglas (Telford, England) tallied her first collegiate goal off an assist from senior Jensen Hamblett (Colchester, Vt.).

            Junior Tatum Gietl (Littleton, Colo.) helped set up rookie Kenady Nevicosi's (Breckenridge, Colo.) equalizer at 13:47 before giving the home side a 2-1 advantage in the final minute of the period.

            Nolan had the lone goal of the second period for USM to tie the game.  Rookie Brianna Doty (Lyndonville, Vt.) picked up the lone assist on play.

            Junior goalie Whitney Padgett (Eden Prairie, Minn.) made 42 saves before being lifted with 36 seconds remaining in favor of the extra attacker.  UNE sophomore netminder Julia Benjamin (Tolland, Conn.) recorded 25 saves to earn her first career win.

            The Huskies are back in action tomorrow afternoon (4 p.m.) when they host Endicott College.  The Nor'easters will play a home-and-home series with Becker College next weekend.