BOSTON, Mass. - A career-high 50 saves from junior goaltender Moe Bradley (Swampscott, Mass.) proved to be the deciding factor as women's ice hockey battled first-time opponent University of St. Thomas (Minn.) to a 1-1 overtime draw Monday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.
With the tie the Beacons extend their unbeaten streak to six straight games and now hold an overall record of 5-6-3. For the Tommies of St. Thomas, they now stand at 6-3-2 after earning a non-conference win over Bowdoin College yesterday in Maine.
Perhaps the highlight of Bradley's game-changing performance came in the overtime when she stopped a 3-on-1 three consecutive times to prevent the Tommies from taking the win. St. Thomas managed to collect the puck and brought it up the ice with the only player from UMass Boston back in the defensive end was junior Tori Pizzuto (Waterbury, Conn.).
As the last line of defense, Pizzuto tried to slide in and knock the puck away, but the Tommies were able to get it around her and took three hard shots at Bradley all of which were rejected by Bradley.
The Beacons defense stifled St. Thomas' offense all afternoon blocking multiple shots in the non-conference game. Of the 50 shots that made it on goal another 13 were blocked by UMB, which has come on strong as of late.
Bradley's performance not only ranked as the top performance in the career of the junior netminder, but it also sits fifth all-time in program history for saves in a contest. Perhaps her busiest period came in the third when the Tommies offense fired off shot after shot to end the final 20 minutes of regulation with a 22-7 advantage.
However it was the Beacons that struck first in Monday's contest with Courtney White (Medford, Mass.) scoring on a redirect at 8:05 of the first period. Picking-up the assist was Kayla Kiernan (North Smithfield, R.I.). The Beacons would then hold St. Thomas scoreless until the midway point of the second when Jenny Saxon evened the score at 1-1. Following that goal, UMass nearly regained the lead as the puck slipped under Tommies goaltender Alise Riedel, but before it could cross the line the officials whistled the play dead.
On the day both teams finished 0-for-1 on the power-play with the Tommies outshooting the Beacons 51-27. Riedel earned the tie after entering the game in the second period for starter Taylor Neisen. Neisen made six saves in her 20 minutes of action, while Riedel posted 21 stops to improve her record to 6-1-2.
The Beacons return to action on Saturday when they host St. Anselm College at 1 p.m. in an ECAC East conference game.