By Erin Brown, Sports Editor
Tuesday night, in a non-conference play, the University of Southern Maine’s Women’s ice hockey team, the Huskies, took on the nationally ranked Bowdoin College Polar Bears. After trailing 3-0 at the start of the third period the Huskies scored two goals in two minutes and attempted to tie the game. They ultimately fell to the Polar Bears 4-2.
Although a loss, Huskies’ goaltender Britney Evangelista had quite the game for herself as she blocked 29 out of Bowdoin’s 33 shots throughout the evening.
During the first period of play Bowdoin came out firing. With a total of 15 shots the Polar Bears were able to take the 2-0 lead. Their first goal came from Sophomore Marissa Fichter (Duxbury, MA/ Buxbury) unassisted from the bottom of the circle at 16:14. With assistance from fellow Junior Brigit Bergin (Natick, MA/ Noble and Greenough), Julie Dachille (Venetia, PA/ Peters Township) was able to make it a 2-0 game as she sent the puck above the stick of Evangelista.
Early on in the second stanza of the game, Bowdoin extended their lead to 3-0. Freshman Meade Avery (Lyme, NH/ Choate Rosemary Hall) scored her first collegiate goal at 3:33 in the second period with assists from teammates Fitcher and Cassidy Pratt (Madison, CT/ Kent School).
The Huskies did not lose hope and came out swinging in the third period in an attempt to rally. Within the first 18 seconds of play the Huskies were on the board when Ally Vanidestine (Bangor, ME/ Bangor) got her first goal of the season to cut the deficit to 3-1. Teammates Julia Ormsby (Barre, VT/ Spaulding) and Julia Buffalini (Pittsburgh, PA/ Pens Elite) assisted Vanidestine’s goal. Less than two minutes later the Huskies struck again to make it a one goal game when Meghan Concannon (Raynham, MA/ Boston Bandits) found the back of the net at 1:53 with an assist from Jensen Hamblet (Colchester, VT/ Rice Knights).
The Huskies stayed tough throughout the rest of the third period looking for a chance to tie the game. Though they doubled their shots in the third period, Bowdoin took back a two-goal lead when Maureen Greason (Bainbridge Island, WA/ Bainbridge) was able to get the rebound off the pads of Evangelista and score the final goal of the evening at 14:23.
The Polar Bears goaltender Kerri St. Dennis (Harpswell, ME/ St. Paul’s School) was able to save 7 of the 9 shots sent her way by the Huskies Tuesday night.
Huskies head coach, John Lauziere, loved that his team continued to battle throughout the second and third periods to climb back into the game.
“We showed that ‘never quit’ attitude and erased a sizeable lead. We are a young team and we have lots of potential to have a very strong second semester,” Lauziere said to the Free Press.
After nearly a month off the Huskies will return to the ice Jan. 1 to take on Amherst College at 5 P.M. in Gorham.