HARRISVILLE, R.I. – It took a lot longer than anyone on the Beacons bench would have wanted, but luckily women's hockey got the job done as they edged Nichols College by the final of 2-1 in overtime Friday afternoon at Levy Rink in a New England Hockey Conference contest.
UMass Boston 2, Nichols College 1 (OT)
UMass Boston (17-7-0, 11-5-0 NEHC)
Nichols College (1-22-1, 1-15-0 NEHC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
At the 1:52 mark of the overtime period, freshman Julia Nolan (Duxbury, Mass.) scored the crucial goal for the Beacons in the final conference meeting between the two teams. On the other side of the ice, sophomore Alyssa DePippo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) saved the Beacons from what would have been a very disappointing loss as she made 20 saves in the victory.
Not only did she stop a penalty shot midway through third period, but DePippo made a couple of key saves in the closing minutes of regulation to keep the game knotted at 1-1. In the overtime DePippo also came-up with a pair of huge stops, which allowed Nolan to score the game-winner.
Rachel Peacock (Billerica, Mass.) assisted on the play, and also assisted on the Beacons first goal, which came just over two minutes after Nichols scored the first goal of the contest. At the time senior defenseman Kat Armstrong (Kingston, Ont.) was the only Beacon who could get the puck past Cassandra Goyette.
Goyette was unbelievable in Friday's loss as she shut down the Beacons offense for a combined 61 total saves, 29 of which came in the first period alone.
For Nichols their lone goal came on just 21 shots.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the victory the Beacons tie the program record for wins in a season with 17 matching the 2009-10 team.
- Friday's contest marked the 100th career game played by senior forward Kristen Embrey
- The 63 shots on goal were the third most shots in a game recorded by the Beacons this season
- On the night UMass finished 0-for-4 on the power play while the Bison went 0-for-5
- The Beacons ended the contest 48-for-72 on the face-off dot
- All-time the Beacons are now 14-1-2 over the Bison and have won eight straight and extend their unbeaten streak to nine (8-0-1)
The Beacons will host Manhattanville College tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the final regular season game of the 2016-17 season. UMass Boston will honor their senior members prior to the start of the contest.