Pioneers Lose Overtime Heart-Breaker to Southern Maine 5-4
(Gorham, ME) - Megan Murphy (Holden, MA) scored two goals for Sacred Heart, but the University of Southern Maine Huskies rallied for a game-tying goal with less than 13 seconds remaining in regulation to set up a game-winning goal by Joanna Gaube in overtime to drop the Pioneer Women's Hockey team 5-4 Tuesday evening.
Kailey Bubier tied the game at four with 12.9 seconds remaining in regulation for the Huskies' second game-tying goal of the third period. Gaube then won the back-and-forth game, knocking in a rebound of Bubier's initial shot at the 3:00 mark of overtime to deal the Pioneers a heart-breaking loss in the first of a two-game series.
The Pioneers took a 3-2 lead on a goal by Brittany Hartman (Edina, MN), set up by Catie Ladner (Chaska, MN), at 4:31 of the third. However, Southern Maine tied it on Jana Sacco's goal just 34 seconds later. The Pioneers once again went ahead on Murphy's second goal of the night, a short-handed goal set up by the third assist of the game from Lauren Fontaine (Windsor, Ontario) at 10:45.
After a scoreless first period, Sacred Heart took the game's first lead on a left-wing shot from the corner from Nicole Palazzo (Rocky Hill, CT), with an assist going to Fontaine, at 6:01. Sacco tied the game for Southern Maine with her first of two goals at 17:19, then took the lead just 34 seconds later on Bubier's first of two at 17:51. However, Murphy erased that lead less than a minute later, scoring her first of two off a feed from Fontaine at 18:45.
Raelene Sydor (St. Albert, AB) got the start in net for the Pioneers and made 30 saves.
Sacred Heart looks to split the series Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. when they face off once again with Southern Maine.