Evangelista Backstops USM to 1-1 Tie at Plymouth State
PLYMOUTH, N.H. -- Senior Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.) stopped a season-high 49 shots as the University of Southern Maine women's ice hockey team earned a 1-1 overtime tie on the road against Plymouth State University in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) play Saturday afternoon at Hanaway Rink.
The tie was the third for the Huskies in their last five games giving them a 3-5-4 overall record, and a 3-4-2 mark in league play, as they pull into the break for exams and the holidays. The Panthers pull into the break at 2-5-3 overall and 2-3-3 in conference action.
The sides skated through 33 minutes of scoreless hockey as Evangelista and PSU senior Emelie Lindqvist (Gullerasen, Sweden) stopped everything shot at them. Southern Maine finally broke through when junior Amanda Piknick (Hyannis, Mass.) fired a backhander over Lindqvist's blocker for her first goal of the season.
Senior Brooke Maggy (Los Angeles, Calif.) equalized for the Panthers at 3:13 of the third period beating Evangelista with a wrist shot for her third goal of the season. Classmate Taylor Jackson (St. Albans, Vt.) and rookie Ellen Svane (Thunder Bay, Ont.) earned the assists.
Evangelista held firm throughout the remainder of the period, and the five-minute overtime period, making 16 saves in the final period and four more in the extra session.
Plymouth State piled up a 50-24 advantage in shots on goal in the game. Southern Maine's penalty killers did a good job stifling the Panthers on six power plays, including four in the first period. Lindqvist posted 23 saves.
Southern Maine is off until after the New Year when it travels to Vermont for the Delta Hotels Burlington Ice Hockey Classic hosted by Saint Michael's College on January 4-5. Plymouth State is off until January 4 when it hosts the University of New England.