Southern Maine, Suffolk Skate to 2-2 Overtime Tie
GORHAM, Maine -- Sophomore Shannon Colbert (Manomet, Mass.) scored the game-tying goal on the power play late in the second period to give the University of Southern Maine Huskies a 2-2 overtime tie with the visiting Suffolk University Rams in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's action Friday afternoon at the USM Ice Arena.
The tie gives the Huskies a 7-9-6 overall record and a 4-5-4 mark in league play. The six ties are a single-season record for the Huskies, breaking the old mark of five set in the 2012-13 season. The Rams, in second place in the NEHC, are 14-6-2 overall and 9-2-2 in the conference.
The Huskies scored the only goal of the opening frame when sophomore Rylie Binette (Milan, N.H.) deposited the rebound of senior Jensen Hamblett's (Hinesburg, Vt.) shot behind Suffolk sophomore goalie Kristen Caporusso (Stouffville, Ont.) for her eighth goal of the season at 19:00.
Rookie Sydney Tietz (East Gull Lake, Minn.) tied the game at 6:24 of the second period when she collected a long indirect pass from classmate Grace Scholz (Lake Bluff, Ill.), skated into the left-wing circle and beat USM senior Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.) up high for a power-play marker.
Senior Tess Adams (Calgary, Alb.) gave the Rams a 2-1 lead at 16:08 with an unassisted goal off a faceoff. The USM center cleanly won the draw back, but Adams beat everyone to the loose puck and flipped a shot by Evangelista. The goal was Adams' 15th of the season.
The Huskies got the equalizer when Colbert redirected a left-wing circle shot by junior Jill Hannigan (Portland, Maine) past Caporusso with 29 seconds remaining in the second.
Suffolk piled up a 12-3 edge in shots on goal in the third period, but could not find a way to beat Evangelista. Both sides had three shots on goal in the five-minute overtime session with the Rams having the better opportunities. The Rams had an apparent game-winning goal waved off midway through the overtime after the official ruled the whistle had sounded before the puck was dug out from under Evangelista and shot into the net.
Southern Maine is back in action Saturday afternoon (1 p.m.) hosting Castleton University. Suffolk returns home to play league-leader Norwich University tomorrow night (7:30 p.m.).