Hamilton Blanks Southern Maine 5-0

Senior Britney Evangelista stopped 48 shots in USM's loss to Hamilton (file photo by Jason Johns).
Senior Britney Evangelista stopped 48 shots in USM's loss to Hamilton (file photo by Jason Johns).

(with contributions from Saint Michael's Sports Information)

Hamilton Blanks Southern Maine 5-0

            SOUTHERN BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Junior Kelli Mackey (Sewickley, Pa.) dished out three assists and five different players scored goals as the Hamilton College Continentals shut out the University of Southern Maine Huskies, 5-0, at Cairns Arena Saturday afternoon in the second day of play at the Delta Hotels Burlington Ice Hockey Classic hosted by Saint Michael's College.

            The win was the second straight, and sixth in the last seven games, for the Continentals who improved to 8-3 overall.  The Huskies dropped to 4-6-4 overall.

            Mackey had a hand in the Continentals' first, third and fourth goals of the game.  Hamilton outshot Southern Maine 53-6 in the game and converted on 2 of 6 power-play opportunities.  Only the standout goaltending of USM senior Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.) kept the Huskies in the game through the first two periods.  Evangelista made 48 saves in the game, the fifth time in seven games this season that the senior has posted 40 or more saves.

            Sophomore Kate Piacenza (Billerica, Mass.) had the only marker of the first period scoring at 1:50 off assists from Mackey and junior Alayna Trice (Pittsburgh, Pa.).  Evangelista stopped Mackey's initial shot, but the rebound deflected in off Piacenza.  That was the only shot to elude Evangelista who made 18 saves in the period.

            Holding the Huskies without a shot on goal in the second period, the Continentals doubled their lead at 14:20 when sophomore Maddie Beitler (Cumberland, R.I.) scored off assists from rookie Mya Berretta (West Haven, Conn.) and senior Taegan Blackwell (Fairfield, Conn.).  Beitler redirected Berretta's pass from the left-wing circle past Evangelista, who finished the period with 14 saves.

            Hamilton put the game away with three third-period goals.  Sophomore Missy Segall (Wellesley, Mass.) scored just 34 seconds into the period, set up by Mackey and senior Andrea Rockey (Morgantown, W.Va.).  Rookie Nancy Loh (Fayetteville, N.Y.) added a power-play marker, assisted by Mackey and Blackwell, at 4:11.  Junior Michaela Giuttari (Warwick, R.I.) had the final goal, a power-play score, at 11:25.

            First-year goalie Gabrielle Venne (Greely, Ontario) earned her first career shutout stopping six USM shots.

            Southern Maine returns to action on its home ice on Tuesday (4 p.m.) with a rescheduled game against Colby College.  Hamilton heads to Trinity College for a two-game NESCAC series next Friday (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday (4 p.m.).