Feb. 26, 2011
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. - Senior Lauren Duran (Woburn, Mass.) scored her second goal of the game 12:18 into overtime to lift the University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey team to a 3-2 win over Salve Regina University Saturday afternoon in an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women's East Quarterfinal game at St. George's Rink.
With the win, the Beacons advance to the ECAC Semifinals, where they will face No. 1 Norwich - which defeated No. 8 Nichols 8-0 in its ECAC Quarterfinal game - next Saturday in Northfield, Vt. The loss helps the Beacons avenge two regular-season losses to the Seahawks earlier this season, as well as a playoff loss two years ago on their home ice.
The Beacons outshot the Seahawks 10-4 in overtime and had a slew of chances to win the game, including a pair of breakaways by freshman Katie Loiselle (Glocester, R.I.) that were turned aside by sophomore Ali Muehlbronner (Glenside, Pa.). Shortly after a four-on-two scoring chance for Salve Regina resulted in a save by junior netminder Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, Conn.) on a shot by sophomore Rachel Porter's (Franklin, Mass.), Duran took a pass from senior Katie Kirwan (Centerville, Mass.) and beat Muelhbronner glove-side to end the game.
"Anytime you get into overtime, you're dancing with the devil," said Salve Regina head coach Michael Cox. "It just didn't go out way today. I thought we played well and certainly had chances to win the game. It's a shame someone had to lose. It was a really good hockey game."
Muehlbronner finished the afternoon with 31 saves while Hallett stopped 27 saves to improve to 14-10-1 on the season. "Ali played well. She made three of four saves in the overtime session that were very strong. She gave us a chance to win, and that's all you can ask of your goaltender," said Cox.
Sophomore Samantha Zitzer (River Forest, Ill.) scored the only goal of the opening period to give Salve Regina a 1-0 lead. She carried the puck over the blue line and let go a wrist shot that beat Hallett low to the blocker side. The unassisted goal was her third of the season and came at 5:53 of the period. Each team finished the stanza with 10 shots.
Duran evened the score at one with her 11th marker of the season at 11:42 of the second period. Freshman Kelly Sharlow (Potsdam, N.Y.) sent the puck towards the net from the right circle and Duran tapped the puck past Muehlbronner. Less than a minute later, the Seahawks answered to grab a 2-1 lead. Senior captain Sarah Small (Medfield, Mass.) took a shot from the right point that hit a skate and landed on the stick of Porter, who ripped a shot that rattled off the right post and crossbar before landing over the red line. The goal was her team-leading 11th of the season and came at 12:28.
UMass Boston tied the score late in the second on a goal by Kirwan. Classmate Kristen Smith (Beavercreek, Ohio) saw her shot stopped by Muehlbronner, but Kirwan was driving to the net and pushed the rebound into the net for her fifth of the season at 14:20. The Beacons held a slim 9-8 edge in shots during the second period, giving them a 19-18 edge through 40 minutes of action.
UMass Boston closed the game with a 34-29 edge in shots. The Beacons went 0-for-2 with the extra skater while Salve Regina failed to convert on four PP chances.
The Seahawks close their season 10-13-3 while the win lifts the Beacons to 14-10-1.
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