Southern Maine Downs Salve Regina 4-1
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. -- Rookie Rylie Binette (Milan, N.H.) scored a goal and an assist, and sophomore Whitney Padgett (Eden Prairie, Minn.) stopped 34 shots, to help the University of Southern Maine women's ice hockey team defeat Salve Regina University 4-1 Saturday night in a New England Hockey Conference game at St. George's Arena.
The win gave the Huskies a sweep of the teams home-and-home season series, and improved their record to 8-14-1 overall and 4-7-1 in the league. The Seahawks dropped to 3-19-1 overall and 2-10-0 in NEHC play.
Salve Regina grabbed a 1-0 lead at 4:17 of the first period when rookie Rebecca Hasting (Boulder, Colo.) converted an assist from senior Megan Geier (Glastonbury, Conn.) into her second goal of the season.
The Seahawks held the lead for nearly 14 minutes until junior Julia Ormsby (Barre, Vt.) tallied her seventh goal of season off an assist from Binette.
After a scoreless second period, the Huskies took the lead for good at 8:37 of the third period when sophomore Katie Nolan (Dorchester, Mass.) found the net for an unassisted power-play goal.
Binette iced the game with a minute to play scoring an unassisted empty-net goal. Rookie Shannon Colbert (Manomet, Mass.) tacked on a short-handed empty-net goal with 17 seconds to play.
Padgett protected the Huskies' lead throughout the final 11 minutes to earn her sixth win of the season. The second-year goaltender made 15 saves in the final period. At the opposite end, junior Jennifer O'Connell (Marstons Mills, Mass.) finished with 25 saves.
Southern Maine returns home to close the regular season next weekend hosting nationally ranked Norwich University on Friday (7:00 p.m.) and Castleton University on Saturday (4:00 p.m.). Salve Regina closes the season traveling to New England College on Friday (7:00 p.m.) and Plymouth State University on Saturday (4:00 p.m.).