Feb. 4, 2011
BOSTON, MA - Freshman forward Erin McCullough (Ludlow, MA) and senior forward Danika Williams (Fairbanks, AK) each tallied a goal and two assists to pace a 4-for-6 effort on the power play as Salve Regina University defeated the University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey team, 6-0, this evening at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. With the decision, the Seahawks improve to 7-10-3 overall and 6-5-2 in the ECAC East and the Beacons drop to 9-9-0 and 6-7-0 in conference.
Salve Regina jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the first period. McCullough snuck a wrist shot through traffic and into the net to get the scoring started on the power play at 5:47. Williams and senior forward Kendra Andrie (Muskegon, MI) picked up the assists. The Seahawks tacked on to the lead with just four seconds left in the frame when Williams knocked home a rebound after shots by junior defenseman Jen Thiesing (Sandwich, MA) and McCullough with the man-advantage.
In the second period, sophomore winger Rachel Porter (Franklin, MA) broke away and potted an unassisted goal, her ninth of the campaign, at 4:18 to extend the lead to 3-0. Sophomore forward Melanie Sherlock (Colorado Springs, CO) deflected a shot from Porter just over two minutes later to put the Seahawks ahead 4-0. Senior winger Kristen Cokely (Cambridge, MA) also got a helper on the score. Andrie added her eighth of the season from McCullough at 15:27 to give her team a 5-0 lead at the second intermission.
For good measure, Thiesing tacked on Salve Regina's sixth goal of the contest on the power play on a redirected shot from Williams at 8:52 of the third period.
Sophomore goalie Ali Muehlbronner (Glenside, PA) made 14 saves to earn her first shutout of the year and second of her career. Across the ice, junior goaltender Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT) started the game and made eight saves while allowing three goals before being replaced by sophomore goalie Jami Cudmore (Balgonie, SK) who made 17 stops in 35 minutes of action.
Both teams return to action tomorrow afternoon as the Beacons host the College of the Holy Cross at 1:00 p.m., while the Seahawks travel to Manchester, NH to take on St. Anselm at 3:00 p.m.