(Courtesy of Salem State Sports Information)
Nolan Gives Southern Maine 3-3 Tie at Salem State
SALEM, Mass. -- Junior Katie Nolan (Dorchester, Mass.) scored the game-tying goal with 4:26 remaining in regulation time to give the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies a 3-3 overtime draw with the Salem State University Vikings in a New England Hockey Conference women's game Friday at the Richard H. Rockett Arena.
Salem State is now 6-10-3 on the season and 3-7-2 in the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC). Southern Maine is currently 7-8-5 on the year and 4-4-3 in the NEHC.
The Vikings took advantage of an early power play in the first period. Less than three minutes into the period, Catherine Salvetti (Saugus, Mass.) took a shot and the puck deflected off USM senior goalie Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, RI). Jacqueline Sindoris (Charlestown, Mass.) was on the left side of the goal and recovered the puck and took a low shot putting Salem State up 1-0.
In the second period, a Salem State penalty gave the visitors a power play chance. Senior Jensen Hamblett (Colchester, VT) tied the game at 1-1 with a forceful slapshot from just inside the blue line.
The Vikings regained the lead at 2-1 as Salvetti took a slapshot and Kelley was in front of the goal and guided the puck to soar into the right corner of the net.
Midway through the second period, the Huskies thought they had the game-tying goal but the officials ruled it a no goal.
With less than five minutes left in the second period, Nolan managed to tip the puck in the net while it was loose, tying the game at 2-2.
Kelley was on a two-on-one breakaway and went all way and took a powerful shot that banked in the left side of the net to give Vikings a 3-2 lead with 7:37 remaining in the third period.
The Huskies responded with a goal from Nolan. Nolan was inches away from the goal and took a shot and couldn't get the first shot to go. Persistence paid off and Nolan was able to level the score at 3-3.
The game went into overtime but neither team could score resulting in a draw.
The Huskies were 1-7 in power plays and the Vikings were 1-3.
Salem State's goalie Isabelle Woodward (Ottawa, Ontario) saved 20 shots and Evangelista had a total of 14 saves.
Southern Maine hosts nationally-ranked Norwich University tomorrow (1 p.m.).