BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston women's hockey scored two goals in the opening 5:35 and Rachel Myette (Duxbury, Mass.) made 21 saves, to help the Beacons earn a spot in the 11th Annual Codfish Bowl Championship Game.
UMass Boston 3, Wesleyan University (Conn.) 1
(UMass Boston 4-2-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Sophomore Rachel Peacock (Billerica, Mass.) opened the scoring at 4:18 and senior Katie Barry (Abington, Mass.) followed at 5:35, to help UMass Boston earn their ninth-straight trip to the Codfish Bowl Title Game.
Junior Edy Moritz (Guilford, Conn.) tacked on an insurance power-play goal in the second period, to help UMass Boston earn their second-straight win.
Freshman defenseman Jane Ann Drill (Madison, Wis.) was credited with a team-high two assists in the win.
In net, Myette stopped the final 13 shots she faced to earn her first win of the season. The senior netminder made 21 saves on 22 shots, including stopping eight shots each in the first and third periods.
Wesleyan goalie Sam Smith made 37 saves on 40 shots to fall to 1-1 on the campaign.
Bridget Sherman scored the lone goal for the Cardinals, with Sarah Gosss and Gina Mangiafridda picking up assists on the play.
Wesleyan started out the game firing with the first two shots on goal of the game, only to fall themselves trailing minutes later.
On the first goal, junior Arielle Gallucci (Warren, N.J.) blasted a pass from the blue line to a wide open Peackock in the slot and Peacock fired a shot over Smith's shoulder for a 1-0 lead.
The Beacons fourth line made it 2-0 77 seconds later. Grace Fisher (Vienna, Va.) started the play by pinching forward and throwing the puck towards net. The Cardinals knocked it down in front, but Moritz and Kaitlin Parent (Myersville, Md.) both fought off the defenseman in front to keep the play alive. Barry eventually raced through traffic to tip the puck past Smith from just outside the crease at 5:35.
UMass Boston would continue to pepper Smith but they couldn't find a third goal in the period.
Wesleyan cut the deficit in half just 1:01 into the second period. A Wesleyan shot was knocked down in the slot, but Sherman fought off a Beacon to gain control of the puck and sent a shot through Myette's five-hole to make it 2-1.
UMass Boston pushed the lead back out to two goals at the 12-minute mark of the period. Julia Nolan (Duxbury, Mass.) dropped the puck back to the blue line for Moritz and Moritz sent a cannon that was over Smith's shoulder before she ever saw the puck.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot Wesleyan 40-22 for the game. The Beacons also held a 33-19 edge in face-offs.
- The Beacons stretched their winning streak to three-straight against the Cardinals and improved to 4-1 all-time.
- Peacock has now scored in back-to-back games and four of the past five.
- The Beacons went 1-for-6 on the power play, while Wesleyan went 0-for-3 on the night.
- Myette improved to 3-0 all-time in Codfish Bowl opening games. She has allowed just two goals on 45 shots in those three wins.
UMass Boston will take on #7 Endicott College on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the Codfish Bowl Title Game.