BOSTON, Mass. – A Maggie Layo goal with 40 seconds remaining in the first overtime gave the seventh-ranked Gulls of Endicott College a 2-1 win over women's ice hockey in the championship game of the 11th Annual UMass Boston Codfish Bowl Sunday afternoon at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
UMass Boston 1, No. 7 Endicott College 2 (OT)
UMass Boston (4-3-2)
Endicott College (8-0-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After Ellen Carter forced a Beacons turnover in their defensive end, the forward found Lexi Klein who threw the puck in towards UMB's net. Layo deflected the puck past Rachel Myette (Duxbury, Mass.) to give the Gulls their first Codfish Bowl championship.
UMass Boston nearly tasted victory with less than four minutes to play in the third period. Katie Barry (Abington, Mass.) squeezed a shot past Tournament MVP Vendela Jonsson to give the Beacons a late 1-0 lead. Edy Moritz (Guilford, Conn.) and Kaitlin Parent (Myersville, Md.) assisted on the then go-ahead goal.
However, the celebration was very short lived, as the Gulls tied the game at 1-1 less than 30 seconds later. Ellen Carter took a shot from the point, which beat a screened Myette.
Despite the late let-up, the Beacons did not panic and battled the Gulls to the horn sounded on the end of regulation. In the first 20-minute overtime, the Beacons came out firing on all cylinders. UMB put shot-after-shot on goal through the first 10 minutes of the extra frame. The Beacons outshot the Gulls a one-sided 11-0 through the first half of the OT.
Once Endicott got the puck down in their offensive end, the Beacons did a tremendous job of blocking shots, while Myette continued to play some of her best hockey this season.
The senior netminder posted a combined 44 saves in the tough tournament loss, while Jonsson finished with 38 stops to remain undefeated on the year.
In the opening period, the two teams battled back-and-forth and ended tied at 9-9 in shots on goal. The second period was dominated by the Gulls, but with huge stop after huge stop by Myette, the score remained deadlocked at 0-0.
UMB battled back in the third, and thought they were moments away from their second Codfish Bowl title in program history.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston finished 0-for-2 on the power play, while Endicott finished 0-for-4
- Sunday's meeting marked the first-ever game between the Beacons and Gulls
- Barry was named the Katherine Wall '08 Memorial Award winner after a standout tournament
- Endicott led the contest 46-39 in total shots; UMB did lead 15-7 in the OT
The Beacons will travel to Bowdoin College on Friday for a 4 p.m. non-conference game.