Southern Maine Women Fall to UNE 3-1

Junior Amanda Piknick (white jersey) scored USM's lone goal against UNE (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior Amanda Piknick (white jersey) scored USM's lone goal against UNE (file photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine Falls to UNE 3-1

            GORHAM, Maine -- Sophomore Jessie Scott (Barre, Vt.) scored a pair of goals to lead the visiting University of New England Nor'easters to a 3-1 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in non-conference women 's ice hockey action Saturday at the USM Ice Arena.

            The win snapped a two-game losing skid for the Nor'easters and gave them a sweep of the teams home-and-home season series.  The Nor'easters, who defeat the Huskies 4-3 back in October, improved to 13-4-1 overall.  The Huskies had their three-game winning streak snapped by the loss and fall to 7-8-4 overall.

            Scott scored the game's first goal at 12:30 of the first period while the teams were skating four aside.  Senior Carly Perreault (Berlin, N.H.) forced a turnover in the Huskies' zone and Scott was able to tuck the puck around USM junior goalie Whitney Padgett (Eden Prairie, Minn.) for her fifth marker of the season.

            Southern Maine got an equalizer in the middle period when junior Amanda Piknick (Hyannis, Mass.) scored off a feed from classmate Katie Nolan (Dorchester, Mass.).  Nolan's original shot from the top of right-wing circle was stopped by UNE sophomore goalie Julie Benjamin (Tolland, Conn.).  Nolan pursued the rebound and found Piknick in the slot for a slap shot that went in off Benjamin's glove.

            Tied 1-1 heading into the third, Scott scored her second goal of the game just seconds after USM had killed off a penalty.  Sophomore Kyra Yu (Ogden, Utah) gained possession of the puck along the right-wing boards and curled to the end board.  Yu passed the puck out to Scott who slipped a close-range shot past Padgett at 4:12.

            The Nor'easters added an insurance goal at 9:48 when rookie Meghan Hamilton (Rutland, Vt.) scored her first goal of the season on the power play.

            Benjamin stopped 29 shots to record her 12th win of the season.  Padgett made 24 saves for USM.

            Southern Maine travels to Salem State University on Friday (5:30 p.m.) for a New England Hockey Conference match.  UNE is back in action next weekend hosting SUNY Canton for a two-game Colonial Hockey Conference series.