BOSTON, Mass. - An Angela Dandreo (Swampscott, Mass.) game-tying goal at the 8:31 mark of the third period would give women's ice hockey their first point of the 2013-14 season as they earned a 1-1 non-conference tie with the University of New England Tuesday evening at the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.
The junior's goal was the first of her college career and was assisted by Tori Pizzuto (Waterbury, Conn.) and Courtney White (Medford, Mass.). Despite the huge goal by Dandreo, the Beacons (0-2-1) offense actually dominated Tuesday's contest as they outshot their opponent 42-17 over the 65 minutes of action. The Beacons totaled 13 shots in the first, 18 in the second, 10 in the first and one in the overtime.
Stopping all but one of those shots for the Nor'Easters (2-2-2) was Sydney Helmbrecht. The netminder made some unbelievable saves throughout the contest to keep her team in it, and almost nearly earned them the victory. UNE got on the scoreboard midway through the second period on a Shannon Reynolds tally, which was also the first of the season for her.
On the other side of the ice UMass Boston saw junior transfer Moe Bradley (Swampscott, Mass.) total 16 saves in her first start in the Beacons sweater. A former member of the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, Bradley totaled four stops in the opening period, before tallying five in the second and six in the third. Just like Helmbrecht she had to make just one save in the overtime period.
Following the score from Dandreo, the Nor'Easters nearly regained the lead after Jenni Poulin forced a turnover in the Beacons end which put her in a one-on-one situation with Bradley. The forward took a hard shot, but it was stopped by a great glove save by the junior netminder.
Just moments before the overtime the Beacons offense fired off shot after shot as time continued to wind down. Having perhaps the best chance for UMB was Kat Armstrong (Boulder, Colo.) and Katie Loiselle (Glocester, R.I.) as they skated in on a two-on-one with Helmbrecht. Just like her Beacons counterpart, Helmbrecht was up for the challenge and made a huge save to rob Armstrong's near post opportunity.
Both teams were quiet on the power-play as the Nor'Easters finished Tuesday's game 0-for-2. The Beacons, who were making their home debut, went 0-for-4 on the power-play.
The Beacons return to action on Friday when they host Manhattanville College at 4 p.m. in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.