BOSTON, Mass. – Less than 24 hours after she scored the game-winning goal in overtime, senior forward Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.) did it again this time netting what would be the game clinching goal with 20 seconds left in third period to lift women's hockey to a 1-0 win over the University of New England Saturday afternoon in the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
UMass Boston 1, University of New England 0
UMass Boston (9-10-4, 8-2-2 New England Hockey Conference)
University of New England (8-8-7, 3-4-5 New England Hockey Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With time quickly counting down and the scored tied at 0-0, the Beacons got an offensive surge with multiple shots hitting off the pads of UNE goaltender Caty Flagg. The last shot which came off the stick of Edy Moritz (Guilford, Conn.) went wide right of the goal.
She then collected her own miss, and turned to find a wide open Morrisette. She would then send a perfect pass back to her teammate. With UNE still scrambling to find the puck, the Pembroke native was able to pick her spot, which turned out to be the top left corner, as she hit a perfect one-timer.
Following the goal, the Nor'Easters went to the extra forward, but that was too little too late, as the Beacons defense prevented any last second charge by UNE.
After a back-and-forth first period, the Beacons hit their stride over the final 40 minutes of play to completely dominate the UNE defense. However, Flagg played her best game as of late to keep her team in the contest. Through the final two periods, Flagg made 31 saves and nearly carried her team into the overtime period.
On the day, Flagg finished with 46 saves overall, while the Beacons senior goaltender Rachel Myette (Duxbury, Mass.) collected just 20 stops to earn the conference win.
With the victory, the Beacons have secured the second-seed in the NEHC tournament. The Beacons will host a first-round game on February 17 at 3 p.m. against an opponent to be determined.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Prior to the start of Saturday's contest, the Beacons honored their six seniors in Morrisette, Myette, Alli Bianchini (Sterling Heights, Mich.), Katie Jeter (Winthrop, Mass.), Katie Barry (Abington, Mass.), and Maren Brown (Brainerd, Minn.)
- All-time the two teams are now 2-2-2, with the win marking the Beacons second straight on their home ice
- UMB finished 0-for-3 on the power play, while UNE was 0-for-1
- The Beacons won the face-off battled finished 33-for-53
- UMB ended with 47 shots on goal, while the Nor'Easters registered 20
The Beacons will travel to Plymouth State University next Friday for a 6 p.m. conference game.