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Evangelista and Shapiro both honored as NEHC Goaltender of the week

USM Athletics

Posted on December 03, 2016 in Sports
By USM Free Press

USM Athletics

By Erin Brown

Two goaltenders from both Huskies’ ice hockey teams received high honors from the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) this past week. Sophomore goaltender Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, RI/ Junior Blades) from women’s ice hockey and junior Kyle Shapiro (Ocean, NJ/ Walpole Express) of men’s ice hockey team were both named NEHC goaltender of the week for the week of November 28th.

Evangelista has started four games for the Huskies’ women’s ice hockey team, who are 2-5 so far this season. This is her second season in between the pipes for the women’s team, last season she received the NEHC Rookie of Week honor twice and this season she has shown how strong of a player she continues to be for the team. Overall this year, Evangelista has upheld a .948 save percentage with only a 1.5 goals against average (GAA). Her appearance in the non-conference game against Colby College Nov. 22 is what earned her her first ever NEHC goaltender of the week honor. In the 2-1 win over the Colby College Mules, Evangelista recorded a season high of 32 saves and her first win of the season. Only allowing one goal throughout the contest, her save percentage against the mules was .970.

For Shapiro, this is the second time this season he has been honored as NEHC goaltender of the week. He’s had a successful career net minding for the Huskies thus far, including being named to the ECAC Men’s East All-Rookie team and ECAC Men’s East Rookie of the week his freshman season of 2014-2015, and being named co-goaltender of the week his sophomore season. In his third season in net for the Huskies, Shapiro has once again proven to be a strong backbone for the 5-4 Huskies. Shapiro has four wins under this belt this season, a .949 save percentage, and a 2.01 GAA. The past two games for Shapiro have been some of his strongest this season for the Huskies. In the 5-2 win over UMass Boston, he stopped 48 out of the 50 shots sent his way, his season high thus far. The non-conference win that ultimately gave him his most recent honor of goaltender of the week, was the 2-1 win over nationally ranked Trinity College. In that game he achieved a save percentage of .979 and stopped 47 shots sent in his direction.

With the winter season just beginning, both teams have success in the net will help that will aid with the Huskies campaign for success on the ice. Both Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey will return to action with non-conference matchups against Bowdoin College on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The women’s team will play at the Costello Ice Arena at 7 p.m. and the men’s team will play at Bowdoin at 7 p.m.

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