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Second Period Goals Key to MIT...s Stumble

Huskies Score Twice in One Minute to Win 5-3

By Mindy Brauer
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SPORTS INFORMATION

In its first game following the holiday break, the MIT women’s ice hockey team fell to the University of Southern Maine, 5-3, in ECAC East action on Saturday. The loss dropped the Engineers’ record to 1-10-0 on the year and 1-7-0 in conference play.

The Huskies opened the scoring after 5:41 had elapsed in the first period. MIT tied the game eight minutes later when Stephanie V. Brenman ’09 set up Rachel A. Longley ’08 for a short-handed tally. Longley’s goal made her the first player in program history to score multiple short-handed goals in her career. Only four other Engineers have scored any short-handed goals during their careers.

Southern Maine regained the lead 1:05 into the second period, but Amanda P. Hunter ’07 responded with an unassisted short-handed goal 2:25 later. The game remained scoreless until the Huskies went ahead for good at 14:31 and then posted what proved to be the game-winning goal within the next minute for a 4-2 advantage.

MIT cut its deficit in half on an unassisted goal by Mary P. Harding ’07 at the 8:42 mark of the final period. The Huskies sealed the win with an unassisted empty net goal in the last minute of play.

Engineer goalie Maria N. Prus ’10 had a busy night in net and collected 33 saves.