February 17, 2012

Pilgrims Sneak by Women's Hockey, 2-1

BOSTON, Mass. – Despite two solid periods of play a late third period goal from New England College's Ashley Bonner proved to be the deciding factor as the Pilgrims defeated women's hockey by the final score of 2-1 Friday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena in an ECAC East conference match-up.

With Friday's loss the Beacons fell to 7-14-2 overall, 5-11-1 in the conference.  New England College improved to 10-12-2, 8-7-2 in the ECAC East.

The game-winning goal, which was scored with 2:18 left in the contest, came from Ashley Bonner, her third of the season.  Assisting on the play was Amanda Grenier and Chelsie Boroski. 

Tying the game at 1-1 just minutes into the final period was sophomore transfer Tori Pizzuto (Waterbury, Conn.).  On a brilliant piece of skating, Pizzuto brought the puck up from behind the Beacons blue-line and skated right through the Pilgrims defense.  She then laid the puck off to the far post tying it all up at one goal each.  The score was her fourth of the season, and was ruled an unassisted play.

The only goal prior to the two in the third came in the first period when the Pilgrims scored just eight seconds into their first power-play opportunity.  After driving the puck on goal, the Pilgrims poked their sticks into the crease.  Eventually it was Samantha Hippern who was able to push the puck of the goal line to give New England the early 1-0 lead.  Hippern's goal was the seventh of the season for her.

Between the pipes for the Beacons was senior Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, Conn.) who played tremendous throughout Friday's contest.  In total Hallett made a combined 33 stops, while her New England College counterpart, Kristin Conners was forced to come up with 17 saves.  The victory marked the fifth of the season for Conners.

Defensively the Beacons played extremely well actually holding off a 5-on-3 situation midway through the second period, which kept it just a one goal game. 

On the power-play, New England College was 1-for-4 and combined for 35 shots.  UMass Boston was 0-for-4 on the man-up opportunities and totaled 18 shots in the contest.

Women's Hockey will host Castleton State College tomorrow at 2 p.m. on senior day.  New England College will travel to St. Anselm College.