BEVERLY, Mass. — Junior goaltender Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, Mass.) stopped a career-high 45 shots, but it wasn’t enough as the University of Southern Maine women’s ice hockey team dropped its season-opening game to ninth-ranked Endicott College, 3-0, Saturday night at the Raymond Bourque Arena.
The host Gulls tallied one goal in each period to earn their second victory in three tries against the Huskies. Sophomore Michaela McNamara (Warwick, R.I.), rookie Lauren Ferraiuolo (North Haven, Conn.) and junior Lexi Klein (Shoreview, Minn.) scored their first goal of the season.
Endicott junior goalie Vendela Jonsson (Linkoping, Sweden) stopped 24 USM shots to record her 15th career shutout.
McNamara gave the Gulls the lead at 8:18 of the first period converting on the power play after a set up from junior Ellen Carter (Roseville, Minn.) and sophomore Jillian Gibbs (Burlington, Vt.). Evangelista kept the score at 1-0 stopping 16 shots in the period. USM killed off 3 of 4 Endicott power plays in the period.
Ferraiuolo doubled the home side’s lead in the final minute of the second period. Sophomore Madison Huber (Pittsburgh, Penn.) and junior Rachel Lustenring (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) picked up the assists.
Klein added an insurance goal in the third period.
Endicott outshot Southern Maine 48-24 in the game, including a 36-15 margin over the first two periods. The Gulls were 1 for 5 with the extra skater while killing off all six USM power plays.
Southern Maine opens New England Hockey Conference play next weekend with a road game at Plymouth State University on Friday (6:00 p.m.). Endicott hosts Salem State University on Wednesday (7:00 p.m.) in a Colonial Hockey Conference game.