Women's Ice Hockey edged by Southern Maine
University of Southern Maine’s Jana Sacco (Niagara Falls, Ontario) scored the game-winner with just under seven minutes remaining in the third period lifting the Huskies past the New England College Pilgrims 2-1 Friday evening. The win improves the Huskies to 3-2-0 on the season, while the loss drops the Pilgrims to 2-5-0 overall.
Southern Maine wouldn’t waste too much time getting on the board as Katie Paradis (Rochester, N.H.) would net her team-high fourth goal of the season unassisted just 2:41 into the opening period. The Huskies would control much of the offense in the opening half out shooting the Pilgrims 12-4 but NEC’s keeper Teraysa White (Belgrade, Maine) would make 11 saves holding Southern Maine to just the one goal.
The Pilgrims would battle back to tie the game in the second period as first-year forward Samantha Phillips (Scottsdale, Ariz.) would net her second goal of the season assisted by Sarah Tracey (Aurora, Ontario) and Jana Schneider (Elbridge, N.Y.) at the 15:30 mark.
The two teams would enter the final period knotted at 1-1. Each team would be unable to convert on a power-play opportunity in the opening ten minutes of the period but it would be Southern Maine’s Jana Sacco who would beat the NEC defense scoring off a pass from Kylie Blasen (Okemos, Mich.) at the 13:31 mark. The Pilgrims would have an opportunity on a break-away late but Phillips’ shot would deflect off the pipe and the Huskies would hold on for the 2-1 victory.
Picking up the win in net for the Huskies was Kristen Gresko (Phoenix, Ariz.) who finished with 16 saves on the afternoon. In net for the Pilgrims was Teraysa White who stopped 28 shots on net.