Southern Maine, UMass Boston Play to 1-1 Overtime Tie

Freshman Brianna Doty
Freshman Brianna Doty
Huskies Play at Suffolk on Saturday (5:20 p.m.)

            GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.) stopped 25 shots, including 11 in the third period, to give the University of Southern Maine Huskies a 1-1 overtime tie with the visiting University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's action Friday at the USM Ice Arena.

            The tie leaves the Huskies with a 3-3-2 record overall, and a 3-2-1 mark in NEHC play.  The Beacons are now 4-5-2 overall and 2-3-2 in conference action.

            After surrendering an early goal to UMB sophomore Katie Leffler (Key Largo, Fla.), Evangelista slammed the door on the Beacons to give her side a chance to get back into the game and earn a point in the standings.

            The Huskies needed just 16 minutes to get the equalizer as freshman Brianna Doty (Lyndonville, Vt.) redirected a pass from senior Jensen Hamblett (Hinesburg, Vt.) by UMB junior goalie Caty Flagg (Methuen, Mass.) for her first collegiate goal.

            Evangelista came up big on a second-period breakaway for UMB senior Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.), and had two huge saves in overtime on junior Erica Lunn (Kingston, Mass.) and senior Kaleigh Beauregard (Gaylord, Mich.) to preserve the tie.

            Leffler put the Beacons up 1-0 at 1:29 of the opening period taking a pass from the right-wing board by sophomore Sarah King (Wilmington, Mass.) and snapping a quick, low wrist shot inside the left post past Evangelista for her sixth goal of the season.

            UMass Boston finished the game with a 26-18 edge in shots on goal.  Flagg made 17 saves for the Beacons.  Neither side had any success on the power play as UMB went 0 for 5 and USM was 0 for 6.

            Southern Maine hits the road tomorrow (5:20 p.m.) to play at Suffolk University in an NEHC game.  UMass Boston travels to Salve Regina University tomorrow evening (7 p.m.) for a non-conference game.