Southern Maine Shuts Out Endicott 3-0

JUnior F McKenna Russell scored a goal for the Huskies in their 3-0 win over Endicott.
JUnior F McKenna Russell scored a goal for the Huskies in their 3-0 win over Endicott.

Southern Maine Shuts Out Endicott 3-0

            GORHAM, Maine -- Freshman goalie Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.) stopped 22 shots and the University of Southern Maine Huskies scored once in each period to shut out the visiting Endicott College Gulls 3-0 in a non-conference women's ice hockey game Friday evening at the USM Ice Arena.

            The win snapped a four-game winless stretch (0-3-1) for the Huskies, and improved their overall record to 2-5-1.  The Gulls' winless streak stretched to three games (0-2-1) as the visitors fall to 6-2-1 overall.  The Gulls have been held scoreless during the three-game stretch.

            Evangelista came up big in the second period as the Gulls out shot the Huskies 12-5, and early in the third period while protecting a 2-0 lead.  The shutout was the second of the season for the rookie goaltender.

            Senior Cassandra Sherman (North Smithfield, R.I.) gave Evangelista all the support she would need scoring her third goal of the season at 16:33 of the first period while the Huskies were on the power play.  Sherman collected the puck from senior Kaleigh Heath (Jericho, Vt.) behind the net and circled out on the left-wing side to put a bad-angle shot past Endicott rookie goalie Vendela Jonsson (Linkoping, Sweden).  Junior Lynn Kozlowski (Stoneham, Mass.) picked up the second assist on the play.

            Junior McKenna Russell (Stoughton, Mass.) doubled the Huskies' advantage in the second period with her first goal of the season, set up on a give-and-go by Kozlowski.

            Sophomore Tatiana Doucette (Lynn, Mass.) scored her first goal of the season at 13:50 of the third period to give the Huskies some added breathing room.  Doucette got the puck in the left-wing circle and fired a wrist shot through traffic to beat Jonsson.  Juniors Ally Vanidestine (Bangor, Maine) and Olivia Barragree (Red Deer, Mont.) earned the assists.

            Endicott finished the game with a 22-20 edge in shots on goal.  Jonsson had 17 saves.

            Southern Maine travels to Trinity College on December 12 (1:00 p.m.) for its final game of the first semester.  Endicott will play tomorrow night (7:00 p.m.) at Salve Regina University. 

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