Southern Maine Defeats Sacred Heart in OT, 5-4

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            GORHAM, Maine -- Junior Joanna Gaube (Woodstock, Conn.) scored at 3:00 of overtime to give the University of Southern Maine women's ice hockey team a 5-4, come-from-behind victory over Sacred Heart University in a non-conference game Tuesday afternoon at the USM Ice Arena.

            Playing their first game in four weeks, the Huskies earned their second straight win and improved to 3-6-1 overall.  The Pioneers dropped their fourth straight game to slip to 2-14-0.  The two sides will play again Wednesday afternoon (3:00 p.m.).

            The Huskies rallied twice from a one-goal deficit in the third period to send the game into the extra period.  Sophomore Kailey Bubier (Auburn, Maine) scored her second goal of the game with 12.7 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 4-4 and send it in overtime.

            In the overtime period, both teams had scoring opportunities before Gaube potted the rebound of Bubier's shot for her second goal of the season.  Junior Kylie Blasen (Okemos, Mich.) picked up the second assist on the play.

            After a scoreless first period, the Pioneers broke the scoring ice at 6:01 of the second period when junior Nicole Palazzo (Rocky Hill, Conn.) scored from the left wing corner off an assist from senior Lauren Fontaine (Windsor, Ontario).

            Southern Maine would take a 2-1 lead when junior Jana Sacco (Niagara Falls, Ontario) and Bubier scored goals 32 seconds apart (17:19 and 17:51).  The lead lasted less than a minute as sophomore Megan Murphy (Holden, Mass.) equalized at 18:45 off a pass from Fontaine.

            Junior Tara Kent (Glenview, Ill.) put SHU up 3-2 at 4:31 of the third period, but Sacco tied the game with her second goal of the season 34 seconds later.  Murphy's second goal of the game, coming while the Pioneers were short handed, restored the Pioneers lead at 10:45 setting the stage for Bubier and Gaube.

            Southern Maine freshman goalie Jordan Lee (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished with 29 saves.  Sacred Heart junior Raelene Sydor (St. Albert, Alberta) stopped 30 shots.  Fontaine had three assists in the game.  Bubier and Sacco each had three points (2g, 1a), and Gaube (1g, 1a), Blasen (2a) and junior Katie Paradis (Rochester, N.H.; 2a) had two points for USM.