Southern Maine Comes from Behind to Tie Endicott 1-1

Senior Britney Evangelista makes one of her 43 saves against Endicott (photo by Jason Johns).
Senior Britney Evangelista makes one of her 43 saves against Endicott (photo by Jason Johns).
Fagan Nets Tying Goal in Third Period
Evangelista Makes 43 Saves

            GORHAM, Maine -- Rookie Bridget Fagan (Millis, Mass.) scored her first collegiate goal midway through the third period to give the University of Southern Maine Huskies a 1-1 overtime tie with the visiting Endicott College Gulls in a non-conference game Saturday afternoon at the USM Ice Arena.

            The tie gives USM a 0-1-1 record following the opening weekend of play in the 2018-19 season.  The game was the season opener for Endicott.

            Southern Maine senior goalie Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.) surrendered an early goal, but turned aside a total of 43 shots to earn the tie.  Evangelista had 14 saves in the second period, and 16 more in the third to keep the Huskies in the game until Fagan potted the equalizer at 10:39 of the third period.

            Endicott grabbed a 1-0 lead at 3:11 of the first period when rookie Courtney Sullivan (North Yarmouth, Maine) took advantage of her own deflected pass to slip a close-range shot pass by Evangelista.  That would be the only goal of the period as Evangelista and Endicott senior Vendela Jonsson (Linkoping, Sweden) turned aside every other shot.

            After a scoreless second period that saw the Gulls outshoot the Huskies 14-3, the home side final broker through against Jonsson.  Sophomore Delaney O'Connor (Kankakee, Ill.) worked the puck into the Endicott zone leaving it for Fagan who jammed her second attempt past Jonsson for the tying goal.  Rookie Charisse Flanagan (Topsfield, Mass.) also picked up an assist.

            Jonsson finished the game with 15 saves, including three in the five-minute overtime period.

            Southern Maine opens New England Hockey Conference play next Friday (4 p.m.) when its hosts league newcomer Johnson and Wales University.  Endicott is back in action on Tuesday (7 p.m.) when its hosts the University of Massachusetts Boston in non-conference action.