BOSTON, Mass. – A shorthanded breakaway goal by Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.) with just over a minute to play in the overtime period pushed women's hockey to a 4-3 New England Hockey Conference win Friday afternoon at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
UMass Boston 4, University of Southern Maine 3 (OT)
UMass Boston (8-10-4, 7-2-2 NEHC)
Southern Maine (7-14-1, 3-7-1 NEHC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With the Huskies on the power-play following a tripping penalty UMass Boston was able to force a counter attack thanks to a solid defensive stop. Kaleigh Beauregard (Gaylord, Mich.) would collect the loose puck on the turnover and hit a speeding Morrisette.
The senior forward collected the pass in stride and went one-on-one with USM's Whitney Padgett. Morrisette then went to her backhand and knocked-in the game-winning goal to give the Beacons another two points in the conference standings.
However, before Morrisette could score the game-winning, the Beacons were in desperate need for a tying goal. Trailing 3-2 with just 14 ticks left in regulation, the Beacons, who were on an extra-man power-play scored the equalizer on a perfect bang-bang play.
Morrisette would first find Beauregard wide open to the right of the goal. From there the Michigan native would then send a pass across the crease to a wide open Edy Moritz (Guilford, Conn.), who just tapped in the puck to force the overtime period.
In the opening period, the Huskies would score an early go-head goal with Julia Ormsby finding the back of the net. Six minutes later, senior Katie Barry (Abington, Mass.) gave UMB their first of two power-play goals to even the score at one goal a-piece. Unfortunately, that tie was short lived as the Huskies regained the lead less than 20 seconds later.
The Huskies pushed their lead two goals in the second period, after Rylie Binette scored a breakaway goal at the 12:01 mark. Just seconds after the Beacons finished their power-play, Jill Hannigan found her teammate wide open on the other side of the ice. She sent a perfect pass from blue line to blue line to give Binnette the uncontested opportunity, which she converted.
UMB would have the final say in the second period, with Bri Colucci (Lancaster, N.Y.) scoring the power-play to make it a one goal affair right before the second intermission. The defenseman would tap in the puck after multiple shots were stopped by Padgett.
The third period, very much like the second was dominated by the Beacons offense, but Padgett held UMB to just a goal in each of the final two periods. On the night she made a total 48 saves in the conference loss.
Alyssa DePippo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made 11 saves for the Beacons to remain unbeaten on the year (6-0-2).
BY THE NUMBERS
- On the power play the Beacons finished 2-for-6, while the Huskies went 0-for-5
- UMass Boston finished 39-for-56 on the face-off, with Moritz going 13-for-16 in the conference win
- All-time UMass Boston is now 20-6-1 against the Huskies, and are unbeaten (6-0-1) in their last seven contests.
- The win earned the Beacons their first regular season sweep of the Huskies since the 2013-14 season
The Beacons will host the University of New England tomorrow at 1 p.m. on senior day.