BIDDEFORD — Alex Mitchell (SO/Wrentham, Mass.) had two goals and an assist while Britney Evangelista (SO/North Smithfield, R.I.) totaled 35 saves to record the shutout in the University of Southern Maine’s 3-0 win over the University of New England in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women’s game Friday night (Jan. 13) at the Harold Alfond Forum.

The win improved the Huskies’ record to 4-9-0 overall and 2-4-0 in conference play. UNE dropped to 5-7-2, 2-3-1 in NEHC action.

Mitchell gave USM enough scoring for the win with the lone goal of the first frame, going top shelf with a wrist shot from the left circle. Katie Couture (SR/Harrisville, R.I.) got the play started for the assist.

Couture would double Southern Maine’s advantage at 8:46 of the second when she received a pass from Katie Nolan (FY/Dorchester, Mass.) and skated through the neutral zone and into the slot before beating UNE goaltender Sydney Helmbrecht (SR/Grand Rapids, Minn.) just inside the left post. Mitchell was credited with a secondary assist.

Mitchell would tack-on another marker less than three minutes later, potting a wrist shot near-post from the right circle. Nolan and Tawni Mohler (SO/McCall, Idaho) assisted on the goal.

Evangelista made a point-blank stop of Haley Gorman (JR/Melrose, Mass.) early in the second period and kept the shutout intact early in the third with a nice save of a shot by Kierra Wright (JR/Georgia, Vt.) with the Nor’easters on a 5-on-3 power play.

Helmbrecht had eight saves in 31:34 of playing time, and Caty Flagg (FY/Methuen, Mass.) came on to make nine stops for the Nor’easters, who led 35-20 in shots for the game.

Both teams will have NEHC games tomorrow afternoon. The Huskies play at 1 p.m. road game at New England College, and UNE travels to Plymouth State University for a 2 p.m. tilt.

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