Southern Maine Women Blank Plymouth State

Senior G Britney Evangelista stopped 34 shots to beat Plymouth State 2-0 (file photo by Jason Johns).
Senior G Britney Evangelista stopped 34 shots to beat Plymouth State 2-0 (file photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine Blanks Plymouth State 2-0

            GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.) stopped 34 shots to backstop the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 2-0 victory over the visiting Plymouth State University Panthers in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's action Tuesday evening at the USM Ice Arena.  The game was a rescheduled match from November 20.

            The win snapped a five-game winless stretch for the Huskies (0-3-2) and vaulted them into fourth place in the standings heading into the final weekend of the regular season.  The Huskies take an 8-10-6 overall mark and a 5-6-4 conference record into their final game Saturday (1 p.m.) at home against New England College.

            Plymouth State had its three-game winning streak snapped to fall to 6-14-3 overall and 4-6-3 in NEHC action.  The Panthers have two games remaining, traveling to Salem State University on Friday (7 p.m.) before returning home to host Suffolk University on Saturday (2 p.m.).

            Evangelista provided the solid goaltending the Huskies needed to hold off the Panthers.  The senior made 13 saves in the first period as the visitors rolled up a 13-7 advantage in shots on goal.  Evangelista got some help from the iron when PSU senior Kelsey Roy (Ft. Collins, Colo.) fired one off the post in the third period with the score at 2-0.  The shutout was the second of the season for Evangelista, and the sixth of her career.

            Despite being outshot in the opening period, it was Southern Maine that got the only goal.  Rookie Shannon Douglas (Telford, England) intercepted a clearing pass near the blue line, skated in and fired a well-placed wrist shot by PSU senior goalie Emelie Lindqvist (Gullerasen, Sweden) for her third goal of the campaign.

            After a scoreless middle period that saw each side put 10 shots on goal, the Huskies got an insurance marker midway through the third.  Junior Amanda Piknick (Hyannis, Mass.) got position in front of Lindqvist to tip a shot from rookie Brianna Doty (Lyndonville, Vt.) past the PSU netminder at 9:27 for a power-play goal.  The goal came just over two minutes after the Huskies had killed off a four-minute Panther power play.

            Plymouth State pulled Lindqvist with 2:08 remaining in an attempt to get on the board, but Evangelista and the Huskies defense was up to the task.

            The Panthers finished the night with a 34-24 advantage in shots on goal, but went 0 for 5 on the power play.  The Huskies were 1 for 2 with the extra skater.