Southern Maine Falls to Johnson and Wales 2-1

Senior goalie Whitney Padgett (file photo by Jason Johns).
Senior goalie Whitney Padgett (file photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine Falls to Johnson & Wales 2-1

            GORHAM, Maine -- Junior goaltender Claire Parry (Westport, Conn.) stopped 28 shots to backstop the visiting Johnson and Wales University Wildcats to a 2-1 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a New England Hockey Conference women's game on Friday at the USM Ice Arena.

            The win snapped a two-game losing skid for the Wildcats who improved to 5-4-1 overall and 4-1-0 in NEHC play.  The Wildcats gained a split of the teams home-and-home series by avenging a 2-1 loss at home at the hands of the Huskies back on November 22.  The Huskies lost for the second straight game to fall to 3-6-0 overall and 3-3-0 in the league.

            Making her first career start for the Wildcats, Parry proved up to the task to earn her first win.  The junior stopped 11 shots in the opening period as JWU took a 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal from senior Kathryn Mason (Grafton, Mass.).  Parry turned aside six of seven shots in the middle period, and finished strong with 11 saves in the final period.

            Mason gave the visitors the lead in the opening frame forcing a turnover in the USM end.  She collected the puck and skate in to beat USM senior goalie Whitney Padgett (Eden Prairie, Minn.) to the near-side post.

            USM equalized early in the second period as sophomore Brianna Doty (Lyndonville, Vt.) won the puck along the right-wing board and got it to classmate Shannon Douglas (Telford, England).  Douglas skated in along the goal line and slipped one by Parry at 1:48 to tie the score.

            The Wildcats got the game-winning goal at 9:28 of the second as junior Hannah Tracy (Hanson, Mass.) redirected a pass from junior Drea Westgaard (Elk River, Minn.) from a bad angle past Padgett for a power-play goal.

            Southern Maine finished the game with a 29-23 advantage in shots on goal.  Padgett made 21 stops before being lifted with 35 seconds remaining for the extra attacker.  JWU converted on 1 of 4 power plays while USM went 0 for 3 with the extra skater.

            Southern Maine is back in action tomorrow afternoon (1 p.m.) hosting nationally-ranked Norwich University.  Johnson and Wales travels to the University of Massachusetts Boston on Saturday (1 p.m.).