GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Jessica Knight (Alfred, Maine) scored three goals, including two short handed, to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 5-0 victory over the Plymouth State University Panthers in an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women’s East hockey game Friday afternoon at the USM Ice Arena.
The win was the Huskies’ first since beating Norwich University on January 11, and snapped a seven-game (0-6-1) winless stretch. The Huskies improve to 5-14-1 overall and 5-8-1 in league play. The Panthers, competing in their first season in the ECAC Women’s East set-up, remain winless for the season at 0-15-1 overall and 0-13-1 in the league.
Knight put the Huskies on the board with a power-play goal, set up by seniors Katie Quartuccio (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) and Jenna Stanley (Enosburg Falls, Vt.), at 5:29 of the first period. Knight scored her first short-handed tally, unassisted, at 6:39 of the middle period. She completed her hat trick with another short-handed goal at 5:19 of the final period. Knight is the first USM player to score two short-handed goals in the same game, and her three short-handed markers this season is also a school record.
Senior Amy McNally (East Waterboro, Maine) followed up Knight’s first period goal with her fifth goal of the season 54 seconds later. Freshman Alyssa Gibson (Hingham, Mass.) made it 3-0 at 16:28. The Huskies out shot the Panthers 15-1 in the opening 20 minutes. Freshman Amanda Shorey (Ayer, Mass.) picked up an assist on both goals.
Freshman goalie Jackie Zarb (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) picked up her third win, and second shutout, of the season making seven saves for Southern Maine. Junior Lindsay DeLorie (Holliston, Mass.) made 28 stops for Plymouth State.
Southern Maine will look to win back-to-back games for the first time this season when it hosts Castleton State College Saturday afternoon (1:00 p.m.). Plymouth State travels to in-state rival New England College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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