Women’s Hockey Cruises Past Pilgrims

Women’s Hockey Cruises Past Pilgrims

HENNIKER, N.H. – A three-point performance by Katie Leffler (Key Largo, Fla.) and 16 save showing from Olivia Petito (St. Augustine, Fla.) lifted women's hockey to a 4-0 New England Hockey Conference win over New England College Friday afternoon Lee Clement Arena.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 4, New England College 0

UMass Boston (7-9-2, 4-4-2 NEHC)
New England College (2-15-2, 2-7-1 NEHC)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Petito collected her first collegiate shutout, win and start in Friday's contest, as the Beacons got back on the winning track.  Along with the strong play of their freshman netminder, UMB's special teams were also solid as they finished 2-for-3 on the power-play.

Along with Leffler's three points, Edy Moritz (Guilford, Conn.) recorded her first two-goal performance of her career. Leffler led the Beacons with a goal and two assists as the Beacons continued their impressive win-streak over NEC.

Moritz got the Beacons on the scoreboard midway through the first period, after dominating the first half of the opening frame. 

UMB continued to roll offensively in the second period with Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.) and Leffler each finding the back of the net in the span of six minutes.  With a comfortable 3-0 lead, the Beacons defense did the rest of the work as they neutralized the Pilgrims offense.

The final period belonged to the Beacons as Petito capped-off the win with five saves, while Moritz netted her second goal of the day to secure the victory.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • With the win Petito became the first freshman goaltender to earn a shutout win in her first career start since senior goaltender Alyssa DePippo made her collegiate debut on January 16, 2015
  • Moritz's two-goals performance was the first since January 2, 2017 when she scored two goals and had one assist in the 10-0 win over Post University
  • Leffler's three points was a career-high for the sophomore forward
  • With the win the Beacons have now won 12 straight over the Pilgrims
  • The Beacons are now 19-9-2 against the Pilgrims
  • On the day UMB outshot the Pilgrims 48-16 and held them scoreless on their lone power-play attempt

WHO'S NEXT

The Beacons will host Johnson and Wales University tomorrow at 2 p.m. The game was moved up an hour due to the snow in the forecast.