|University of Southern Maine||Plymouth State University|
PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Sophomore Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.) stopped 30 shots to backstop the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 2-1 win over the Plymouth State University Panthers Friday evening in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) game at Hanaway Rink.
The win improves the Huskies record to 6-12-1 overall and 4-7-1 in the league, and gave them a split of the teams’ regular-season series. The Panthers dropped their second straight to slide to 7-11-2 overall and 3-8-1 in the NEHC.
The Huskies were outshot 31-12 for the game, but Evangelista proved to be the difference keeping the Panthers off the scoreboard until late in the third period. The second-year goalie had 21 saves over the first two periods as USM built a 2-0 lead. Evangelista had nine more saves in the final period.
USM took a 1-0 lead at 5:16 of the first period as senior Katie Couture (Harrisville, R.I.) scored a power-play goal set up by classmate Olivia Barragree (Red Lodge, Mont.) and sophomore Alex Mitchell (Wrentham, Mass.). The goal was the eighth of the season for Couture.
Mitchell doubled the Huskies lead early in the middle period potting her eighth goal of the campaign from Couture and sophomore Tawni Mohler (McCall, Idaho).
The Huskies’ lead remained at 2-0 until 4:52 remained in the game. Senior Lauren Connelly (Braintree, Mass.) pulled the Panthers within one with her fourth goal of the season. Connelly converted a set-up from junior Shannon Hickey (Arlington, Mass.) and senior Frédérike Brazeau-Lalonde (Thetford Mines, Quebec).
The Panthers pulled sophomore goalie Emilie Lindqvist (Gulleråsen, Sweden) with 2:37 to play, and benefited from a Huskies minor penalty with 1:58 to play, but were unable to come up with an equalizing goal.