#8/8 Connecticut College Slips Past Women's Hockey 4-2

#8/8 Connecticut College Slips Past Women's Hockey 4-2

BOSTON, Mass.—#8/8 Connecticut College scored the final three goals Tuesday night, to hold off UMass Boston women's hockey 4-2 in non-conference action.

THE BASICS

#8/8 Connecticut College 4, UMass Boston 2

(UMass Boston 7-10-4)

(Connecticut College 12-3-3)

HOW IT HAPPENED

UMass Boston went stride for stride with the number eight team in the nation for the first 48 minutes, before the Camels scored two late goals to take control.

Senior Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.) and junior Kaleigh Beauregard (Gaylord, Mich.) each scored power-play goals in the loss for the Beacons. 

Julia Nolan (Duxbury, Mass.), Arielle Gallucci (Warren, N.J.) and Alli Bianchini (Sterling Heights, Mich.) each were credited with assists.

In net, senior Rachel Myette (Duxbury, Mass.) made 31 saves on 35 shots in the loss. Myette made at least 10 saves in all three periods, including 11 stops in a scoreless first stanza.

Connecticut College freshman Erin Dillon paced the Camels with a goal and an assist. Elena Gualtieri, Lily Connolly and Dillon all recorded their team-leading seventh goals of the season, while Katlyn Paiva added a short-handed tally for her fourth goal of the year.

Junior goalie Bailey Mertz improved to 11-3-2 on the year by making 15 saves on 17 shots. 

UMass Boston went into the first intermission knotted at zeroes, thanks to the strong play of Myette. The senior stopped all 11 shots she faced, while the Beacons were limited to four shots on goal. 

The second period would have a lot more action, as the teams combined for four goals and seven penalties. 

Paiva opened the scoring at 6:21. The senior stole the puck away from the Beacons in the neutral zone and then rushed in one-on-one with Myette, before lofting a high shot for a shorthanded tally. 

UMass Boston answered 32 seconds later. With their original power play still going, Gallucci fed Nolan in the slot and Nolan slid the puck across for a wide-open Beauregard at the bottom of the far circle. Beauregard collected the puck and then blasted a shot through Mertz' five-hole for a 1-1 game at 6:53.

The Beacons took their first and only lead of the game at 12:08. With the Beacons on the power play once again, Morrisette blasted a high shot from the point that deflected off a player in front and under the bar.

Connecticut College responded with a power-play goal of their own. Jordan Cross' original shot went wide of the net, but Gualtieri collected the puck behind the net and then rammed it home from the near side at 15:19.

The Camels took the lead for good at 8:04. Connolly ripped a shot under the bar, after receiving passes from Lauren Helm and Dillon.

Dillon tacked on an unassisted tally at 15:53 to put the game out of reach.


BY THE NUMBERS

  • Connecticut College outshot the Beacons 35-17 and earned a 25-22 edge in face-offs.
  • The Beacons went 2-8 on the power play, while the Camels finished 1-4.
  • Beauregard and Morrisette tied for the Beacons team lead with four shots apiece. Beauregard also went 6-10 in the face-off dot.
  • The Camels improved to 8-5-1 all-time against the Beacons with the win. Connecticut College has won four-straight in the series.
  • UMass Boston closes out non-conference play with a 1-8-2 mark this season. 

WHO'S NEXT  

UMass Boston will host the University of Southern Maine on Friday at 4 p.m.