Feb. 15, 2011
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Junior goaltender Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT) stopped all 28 shots she faced and senior forward Kristen Smith (Beavercreek, OH) and Rachel Sousa (Woburn, MA) each scored a goal to help the University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey team shutout Williams College, 2-0, Tuesday evening on the campus of Williams.
The Beacons seized the momentum early in the game, thanks to Smith's 12th tally of the year. Only 4:03 into the first period, Smith netted what ultimately proved the game-winner with help from freshman forward Katie Loiselle (Glocester, RI). Smith's score would remain the only goal of the game until the final frame.
Both teams had a man-up opportunity in the second period, but Ephs goaltender Rachel Nguyen and Hallett made 4 saves apiece to keep the game at 1-0. Sousa capitalized on a powerplay to give the Beacons a 2-0 lead less than a minute into the game's final period. From inside the left circle, senior forward Katie Kirwan (Centerville, MA) centered a pass across the slot to Sousa, who was waiting by the right post. Sousa tapped the puck past a sliding Nguyen for her 9th goal of the season. With the score, Sousa is now only two points shy of becoming only the fourth player in UMB program history to reach the 100 point milestone.
A key powerplay with around 6 minutes to play gave the Ephs a crucial opportunity to diminish the Beacons' lead to one. Williams managed to test Hallett between the pipes with several shots, but the Rocky Hill, CT native recorded a few key saves to hold the Ephs scoreless. With about a minute remaining on the powerplay, sophomore Nicolle Perry sent the puck from behind the net to junior captain Hannah Systrom. Systrom tried to lift a shot over Hallett, who was lying on the ice, but the Beacons goalie managed to get her stick on the puck to deny Systrom the goal.
With the win, Hallett improves to 9-8-0 on the season while Ngyuen falls to 2-10-1, making 25 saves in the losing effort.
The Beacons improve to 12-10 overall (8-8 ECAC East) with the victory while Williams continues to struggle, falling to 4-14-1 overall (3-10-1 NESCAC). The Ephs travel to Maine this weekend for their last regular season contests. They will look to avenge an early season 3-2 loss to Bowdoin, one of the Ephs' strongest performances of the winter. Williams takes on the Polar Bears at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday night. UMass Boston will be back in action on Friday night when they head to Castleton State for a 7:00 p.m. ECAC East match-up.
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