GORHAM, Maine – A Huskies goal with 1:29 remaining by sophomore Julianne Nelson (Armstrong, British Columbia, Canada) broke a 4-4 tie as the Southern Maine Huskies earned a split of a home-and-home series with the Becker Hawks after a 5-4 win on Saturday afternoon.
January 18, 2020
USM Ice Arena
Score: University of Southern Maine 5 – Becker 4
Records: The Becker College Hawks 6-9-0 | The Castleton University Spartans 6-9-2
Less than a minute after the Hawks tied the game 4-4 and looking like the game was headed to overtime, Nelson broke that tie with her second goal of the game.
Forechecking pressure eventually led to Nelson winning possession of the puck in the left-wing corner. After turning to goal and seeing a clear lane to the goal, Nelson went to the backhand from in close, flipping the shot over the blocker side shoulder of Hawks goalie Amber Lee (Nashua, N.H.), providing the game-winning goal for USM.
Just 38 seconds earlier, Hawks freshman Cassidhe Wozniak (Turners Falls, Mass.) looked as though she forced overtime, scoring to tie the game at 4-4 with 2:07 left in regulation.
Pressure on the forecheck forced a turnover by the Huskies in their own end, setting up the game-tying goal. Wozniak settled the puck near the bottom of the right-wing circle and sent a backhander on goal that squeezed through the five-hole of freshman Hannah Aveni (Melrose, Mass.) to tie the game.
For the second straight game, the Hawks found themselves down 3-1 in the second period, but goals by sophomore Clare Conway (Billerica, Mass.) and freshman Katie Puumala (Framingham, Mass.) scored 1:32 apart tied the game at 3-3 going into the third.
Huskies junior Rylie Binette (Milan, N.H.) broke that 3-3 tie in the middle of the third period, scoring off a rebound to put USM up 4-3.
FOR THE HAWKS
- Conway went for three points on the afternoon, scoring twice and assisting on the game-tying goal by Wozniak in the third.
- Puumala and Wozniak both finished with one goal and one assist.
- Conway and Puumala are both up to seven goals and six assists, sharing the team-lead with 13 points.
- Lee made 21 saves on the day, but the loss drops her to 2-6-0 this season.
FOR THE HUSKIES
- Nelson finished with a pair of goals and a team-high six shots on goal. Nelson holds the team leads in goals with seven and points with nine.
- Binette finished with one goal and one assist. Junior Shannon Colbert (Manomet, Mass.) also had a two-point afternoon, finishing with a pair of assists.
- Aveni made 19 stops for the Huskies, improving to 2-0-0 this season.
Both teams return with games against the University of New England next week. The Huskies start off the games against the Nor'easters on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. while the Hawks get a home-and-home series against UNE on Friday and Saturday as Becker returns to Colonial Hockey Conference play. Hawks host Friday at 7:10 p.m. then travel to UNE on Saturday for a 4:00 p.m. puck drop.