GORHAM, Maine — Sophomore goalie Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.) stopped 32 of 33 shots to backstop the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 2-1 non-conference victory over the visiting Colby College Mules Tuesday evening at the USM Ice Arena.
The win was the second in the last three games for the Huskies, and improved their record to 2-5-0 overall. It was the Huskies first win over the Mules after four straight losses. The Mules, still in search of their first win, fell to 0-2-1.
Evangelista earned her first win of the season with her 32-save performance. The second-year netminder stopped all nine shots in the opening period, and then stopped 13 of 14 in the middle period to allow the Huskies to take a 2-1 lead into the final period. With Colby pressing for a tying goal, Evangelista stopped all 10 shots in the final period to preserve the victory.
Southern Maine grabbed a 1-0 lead late in the first period when sophomore Julia Buffalini (Pittsburgh, Penn.) scored her first career goal at 17:31. Classmate Tawni Mohler (McCall, Idaho) swung behind the net with the puck and hit Buffalini with a pass in the left-wing circle. Buffalini’s rising wrist shot beat Colby senior goalie Hannah Insuik (Andover, Mass.) over the left shoulder into the top of the net.
The Huskies doubled their lead at 7:11 of the second period as senior Katie Couture (Harrisville, R.I.) deposited the rebound of a shot by rookie Katie Nolan (Dorchester, Mass.) into the net for her third goal of the season. Sophomore Alex Mitchell (Wrentham, Mass.) also picked up an assist on the play.
Colby got on the board 83 seconds later to cut the USM lead in half. Evangelista stopped rookie Cassidy Holzer’s (Minneapolis, Minn.) shot from the right-wing circle, but the rebound went out into the high slot where senior Delaney Flynn (Scituate, Mass.) fired the puck into the open net for her first goal of the season.
The Mules pressed the attack in the third period, and were awarded a power-play opportunity with 2:42 to play in regulation. The Huskies penalty-killing unit kept the Mules at bay, including the final 1:02 of the game after the Mules pulled Insuik in favor of the extra attacker.
Colby out shot Southern Maine 33-18 during the game. Insuik stopped 16 of 18 shots.