Southern Maine Comes From Behind to Beat New England College 2-1
HENNIKER, N.H. -- Sophomore Shannon Douglas (Telford, England) scored the game-winning goal with 21 seconds remaining in regulation as the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies came from behind to defeat the New England College Pilgrims 2-1 in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women 's game Friday at Lee Clement Arena.
The win snapped a two-game losing skid for the Huskies who finish the regular season 11-12-2 overall and 9-7-0 in league play. Combined with the University of Massachusetts Boston's loss to league leader Norwich University, the Huskies clinched the fourth seed in the upcoming NEHC Championship Tournament that begins on February 22.
New England College dropped its third straight game to fall to 3-20-1 overall and 0-14-1 in NEHC games. NEC hosts UMass Boston on Saturday (1 p.m.) in its regular-season finale.
Douglas converted an assist from sophomore Julianne Nelson (Armstrong, B.C.) into her fourth goal of the season to cap the Huskies' furious comeback.
Down 1-0 with six minutes to play, USM began its comeback as junior Rylie Binette (Milan, N.H.) potted an unassisted power-play goal at 14:02 to tie the game. The marker was the fifth of the season for the third-year forward.
The teams skated through a scoreless opening period that had the Huskies outshooting the Pilgrims 17-9. USM senior goalie Whitney Padgett (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and NEC sophomore Cianna Weir (Olds, Alberta) held their ground to send the teams to the locker room tied.
Rookie Stephanie Leger (Dieppe, N.B.) broke the deadlock at 8:21 of the second period with her first collegiate goal. Classmate Renee Bouchard (Swanton, Vt.) earned the lone assist for her first collegiate point. Weir protected the one-goal lead racking up 17 saves in the frame.
Southern Maine finished the game with a 55-26 edge in shots on goal, and converted on 1 of 3 power-play opportunities. NEC was 0 for 2 with the extra skater. Padgett turned aside 25 shots to pick up her ninth win of the season. Weir, who faced 21 shots in the final period, finished the game with 53 saves.
The 2019-20 NEHC regular season concludes tomorrow with four league games. The top eight teams in the standings will advance to the championship tournament.