BOSTON, Mass.—Behind a 29-save shutout from junior transfer Caty Flagg (Metheun, Mass.) and a much better overall team performance, UMass Boston women's hockey defeated Bowdoin College 2-0 in the Consolation Game of the 12thAnnual Codfish Bowl Tournament.
UMass Boston 2, Bowdoin College 0
(UMass Boston 4-5-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Senior Edy Moritz (Guilford, Conn.) gave the Beacons the lead with a power-play goal almost midway through the contest, and the Beacons rode Flagg the rest of the way.
Flagg, who hadn't played since November 2 due to an injury, earned her first win and first shutout as a Beacon. The University of New England transfer made 15 of her 29 saves in the first period. She also added eight saves in the second and six more in the third.
Senior forward Kaleigh Beauregard (Gaylord, Mich.) had the primary assist on the game-winning goal and added an empty-netter with eight seconds left to cap off a three-point weekend.
Bowdoin goalie Kerri St. Denis fell to 0-3 on the season, after allowing one goal on 21 shots.
With the win, UMass Boston head coach Dom Lozzi earned a victory in her first-ever meeting against her alma mater and former boss (Marissa O'Neil). The win helped UMass Boston avoid their second-ever winless Codfish Bowl Tournament.
Beacons senior captain Arielle Gallucci (Warren, N.J.) won the Katherine Wall '08 Memorial Award.
The Polar Bears dominated the opening 20 minutes, but had nothing to show for it. Bowdoin outshot the Beacons 15-5 in the frame, but Flagg held strong and the Beacons' defense did a good job clearing away loose pucks.
UMass Boston began to grow into the game in the second and held the Polar Bears even in shots for the stanza (8-8).
Moritz gave the Beacons the lead for good at 7:42. Beauregard's initial shot was knocked down by traffic in the slot, but Moritz found the loose puck in front of the crease, took one deke to fake out St. Denis, and slipped the puck in just inside the far post.
The third period would be more of the same, with the Beacons holding a slight 9-6 shot advantage against a desperate Polar Bears offense.
Bowdoin created the majority of their chances in the final four minutes of regulation. With the Beacons whistled for a penalty, Bowdoin recorded four shots on the power-play, but three went wide and another was blocked by Beacons defenseman Casey Adimey (Buffalo, N.Y.).
The Polar Bears kept the pressure on and fired off five more shots in the final 120 seconds. Flagg was forced to make a save on just one of those looks, as two shots went just wide and Emily Harris (Littleton, Colo.) and Gallucci both added blocked shots.
Beauregard put the game out of reach, when she sent a shot from inside her own zone into the Bowdoin net for an empty-net tally.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Bowdoin outshot the Beacons 29-22. UMass Boston held a 31-26 edge in face-offs.
- The Beacons went 1-5 on the power-play and held the Polar Bears to an 0-4 showing.
- With the win, UMass Boston snapped Bowdoin's seven-game unbeaten streak against the Beacons (6-0-1). The Beacons improved to 2-6-1 all-time against Bowdoin and earned their first win since Lozzi was still a player at Bowdoin (January 2, 2011).
- Bowdoin had won the previous two meetings between the two programs at the Codfish Bowl Tournament. The Polar Bears defeated the Beacons in the 2012 and 2017 Championship Games.
- Flagg has now stopped 74 of the 76 shots she's faced this season.
- Beauregard had a hand in all three goals the Beacons scored this weekend. She doubled her point total with her three points this weekend.
- Katie Leffler (Key Largo, Fla.) won 12 of 16 face-offs in the victory.
- First-time entrant Manhattanville College won the Codfish Bowl Tournament with a 2-1 comeback win over Wesleyan University.
UMass Boston will return to conference play on Friday at 4 p.m., when they travel to take on the University of Southern Maine. The Huskies defeated the Beacons 1-0 on November 3 behind a 43 save shutout by Britney Evangelista.