GORHAM, Maine—Behind a Katie Leffler (Key Largo, Fla.) goal and 17 saves from Caty Flagg (Metheun, Mass.), UMass Boston women's hockey earned a 1-1 conference tie with host the University of Southern Maine.
UMass Boston 1, University of Southern Maine 1 (OT)
(UMass Boston 4-5-2, NEHC 2-3-2)
(U. Southern Maine 3-3-2, NEHC 3-2-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Leffler scored 1:29 into the contest, but that would be the last time the Beacons would put the puck past Huskies netminder Britney Evangelista.
Southern Maine's Brianna Doty equalized at 17:43 of the first and the teams would be stymied the rest of the way by the excellent netminders.
Flagg moved to 1-1-1 on the season with 17 saves, including seven in the opening frame.
Evangelista had to do the majority of her work in the latter stanzas. The senior made 11 saves in the third and two more in overtime, as part of her 26-save performance.
Leffler put the Beacons up 1-0 at 1:29 of the opening period, taking a pass from the right-wing board by junior Bri Colucci (Lancaster, N.Y.) and snapping a quick, low wrist shot inside the left post past Evangelista for her team-leading, sixth goal of the season.
The Huskies needed just 16 minutes to get the equalizer. Doty redirected a pass from senior Jensen Hamblett (Hinesburg, Vt.) by Flagg for her first collegiate goal.
Evangelista came up big on a second-period breakaway for UMB senior Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.), and had two huge saves in overtime on junior Erica Lunn (Kingston, Mass.) and senior Kaleigh Beauregard (Gaylord, Mich.) to preserve the tie.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the Huskies 26-18, including 11-6 in the third and 2-0 in overtime.
- The Beacons finished 0-5 on the power-play, while the Huskies went 0-6.
- Evangelista has been a Beacons killers this season. The senior made 43-saves in a shutout win in Boston on November 3.
- Morrisette led all players with seven shots in the contest.
- The Beacons have recorded back-to-back results (1-0-1) for just the second time this season.
- With the tie, UMass Boston now leads the all-time series 20-7-2.
UMass Boston will step out of conference on Saturday, when they travel to face former conference foe Salve Regina University at 7 p.m.
Parts of this release courtesy of the University of Southern Maine Sports Information Department