Gorham, ME – The Sacred Heart women's hockey team and the University of Southern Maine (USM) Huskies skated to a 2-2 draw in a rare Tuesday afternoon matinee at USM. The Pioneers came into the matchup on a hot streak, having won three in a row before Tuesday. SHU now has not been defeated in four straight games and their record goes to 9-8-2 on the season.
The Pioneers got on the board first to take the 1-0 lead at the 15:45 mark. Junior Sara Hanna (Lino Lakes, MN) led it off for the Pioneers, her seventh goal of the season. She was assisted by sophomores Casey Stathopoulos (Waltham, MA) and Melissa Robbins (Nashua, NH). USM battled back with a first period goal of their own to even the score at one at 17:23. Cassandra Sherman found the back of the net for the Huskies, assisted by Ashley Grenier and Kailey Bubier.
After a scoreless second period, Southern Maine and SHU traded third period goals. The Huskies took the 2-1 lead just 2:38 into the third period, a shorthanded goal from Julia Pearl. Assists were credited to Brittany Soar and Kaleigh Heath. The Pioneers evened the score with the final goal of the game by either team at 16:24 of the third. Sophomore Alex Davis (Pembroke, MA) broke through for the Pioneers , scoring a power play goal for her fourth of the season. Sophomore Natasha Klinoff (Concord, MA) grabbed the lone assist on the play.
The Pioneers and Huskies are right back at it tomorrow afternoon in game two of their non-conference two game series.