Southern Maine WIH Falls in Season Opener to Endicott 2-0

Sophomore goalie Britney Evangelista, here in a 2015-16 file photo, made 28 saves in the Huskies season opener against Endicott.
Sophomore goalie Britney Evangelista, here in a 2015-16 file photo, made 28 saves in the Huskies season opener against Endicott.

Evangelista Makes 28 Saves for the Huskies

            GORHAM, Maine -- Sophomore Courtney Walpole (Allen, Texas) scored a shorthanded goal midway through the first period and that proved to be enough as the visiting Endicott College Gulls shut out the University of Southern Maine Huskies, 2-0, in a non-conference women's ice hockey game Friday night at the USM Ice Arena.  The game was the season opener for both squads.

            Walpole was in the right spot at the right time to notch her first goal of the season.  Sophomore Rachel Lustenring's (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) shot from 35 feet out was deflected by a USM defender right to Walpole who buried the puck into the open side of the net at 10:14 of the opening period.

            The Gulls had the edge in period out shooting the Huskies 14-5, but Walpole's shot was the only one to elude USM sophomore goaltender Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.).

            The teams skated through a scoreless second period before the Gulls iced the game with an empty-net goal with 40 seconds to play.  Sophomore Lexi Klein (Shoreview, Minn.) fired a 150-foot shot into the unguarded net after the Huskies pulled Evangelista in favor of the extra attacker.

            Sophomore goalie Vendela Jonsson (Linkoping, Sweden) stopped all 14 shots she faced to earn her ninth career shutout.  Evangelista recorded 28 saves on 29 shots before heading to the bench.

            Southern Maine returns to action next Friday (4:00 p.m.) when it hosts the University of New England in a New England Hockey Conference game.  Endicott is off until next Friday (7:00 p.m.) when it hosts Johnson & Wales University in a Colonial Hockey Conference game. 

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