RUTLAND, Vt. – A pair of Sarah King (Wilmington, Mass.) goals lifted women's hockey to a crucial New England Hockey Conference win as the Beacons recorded a 3-1 win over Castleton University Friday afternoon at Spartan Arena.
UMass Boston 3, Castleton University 1
UMass Boston (6-5-2, 3-3-2 New England Hockey Conference)
Castleton University (4-5-2, 4-2-1 New England Hockey Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
King's two-goal day marked a career first for the sophomore forward. King got the Beacons on the scoreboard early in the opening frame on a power-play tally. She then sealed the win in the closing seconds of the third on an unassisted empty-netter.
Scoring the Beacons second goal of the affair was Kaleigh Beauregard (Gaylord, Mich.), who made it a 2-0 contest in the seventh minute of the second period.
Alyssa DePippo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) earned the win to move above .500 as she made just 12 saves in the contest.
The Beacons dominated play as they outshot Castleton 28-13. With the win, UMB extended their season-high unbeaten streak to four (3-0-1).
King opened the scoring at 6:33 of the first period, when she tipped hoem Jane Morrisette's (Pembroke, Mass.) shot from the top of the slot.
The Beacons doubled their lead just over 20 minutes later. Morrisette and freshman Elie Fallieras (Columbus, Ohio) teamed up to win the puck behind the net and Morrisette found Beauregard wide-open in front of the cage.
Castleton had two good chances to cut into the deficit in the second period, but DePippo stood up to the test to keep the hosts scoreless.
Castleton's only score came in the first 85 seconds of the third period, as they cut UMB's deficit to one on a 5-on-3 goal. Jade Remillard netted the power-play goal.
The Spartans earned one final power-play with 2:09 to go, but DePippo and the Beacons' penalty kill held strong and King found a loose puck just as he she was coming out of the box and easily potted the empty-net goal with eight seconds left.
Along with the Beacons consistent offensive showing, UMB's defense was once again solid from start-to-finish. UMB's blue liners held Castleton to just seven shots through the first and second periods, and held them to a 1-for-5 day on the power-play.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win UMass Boston is now 20-5 all-time against Castleton University
- The Beacons have now won four straight over the Spartans
- Morrisette and Fallieras each had assists on the first two goals of the game.
- The Beacons finished 1-for-6 on the power-play
- King has recorded three of her four career goals against the Spartans.
- With the win, UMass Boston extended their season-long unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1) and moved above .500 for the first time since their season-opening win.
The Beacons will travel to Norwich University tomorrow for a 3 p.m. game, their last one of 2018.