Suffolk Blanks Southern Maine 3-0

Junior G Whitney Padgett made 44 saves against Suffolk (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior G Whitney Padgett made 44 saves against Suffolk (file photo by Jason Johns).
Huskies Travel to Bowdoin on Tuesday

            EAST BOSTON, Mass. -- The Suffolk University Rams scored in each period and sophomore goalie Kristen Caporusso (Stouffville, Ontario) stopped 17 shots as the Rams shut out the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies 3-0 in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's game Saturday evening at Porrazzo Memorial Arena.

            The win extends the Rams unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1), and improved their record to 7-3-1 overall and 4-1-1 in NEHC play.  The Huskies dip to 3-4-2 overall and 3-3-1 in league play.  The game was the first meeting between the two schools in women's ice hockey.  The teams will meet again at USM on February 1.

            Caporusso earned her fourth shutout of the season, and seventh win in 11 appearances.  Despite the Rams piling up a 47-17 edge in shots on goal, Caporusso had to protect a slim lead until the third period as USM junior Whitney Padgett (Eden Prairie, Minn.) was keeping the Huskies in the game.  Padgett finished the game with 44 saves.  That marks the third time in five starts this season that Padgett has made 40 or more saves.

            Rookie Emily Johnston (Surrey, B.C.) gave Caporusso the only goal she would need scoring an unassisted marker at 10:15 of the opening period.  The goal was the fifth of the season for Johnston.

            With Padgett and Caporusso matching saves, the game remained a one-goal affair until 17:20 of the second period.  Freshman Stephanie Moy (Buraby, B.C.) doubled the Rams' lead with her first goal of the campaign, a power-play score, after an assist from junior Sydney Jordan (Prince George, B.C.).

            Freshman Jesse Kennedy (Southworld, Ontario) put the game away in the middle stages of the third period with her fourth goal of the season.

            Southern Maine is back in action on Tuesday (7 p.m.) traveling to in-state foe Bowdoin College.  Suffolk heads to Norwich University on Friday (7 p.m.).