WOMEN'S HOCKEY EDGED AT SALVE REGINA, 2-1
Nov. 14, 2009
MIDDLETOWN, RI - Freshman forward Rachel Porter (Franklin, MA) netted a shorthanded goal with 11:14 to go in the third period to lift the Salve Regina University women's ice hockey team over visiting University of Massachusetts Boston, 2-1, in an Eastern College Athletic Conference East contest tonight in Middletown, RI in a game that was played at Saint George's School Ice Rink. The Beacons fall to 1-3-0 overall and 1-3-0 in ECAC East play, while the Seahawks improve to 3-2-0 and 2-1-0.
Sophomore Molly Golden (Milton, Mass.) also scored for the Seahawks, who have won two of their three games and improved to 3-2 (2-1 ECAC) on the season. Sophomore Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, Conn.) made 41 saves for the Beacons, who slipped to 1-3 (1-3 ECAC).
Salve Regina won this contest with its penalty kill. After allowing a power-play goal to UMass Boston on its first extra-man opportunity of the contest, the Seahawks killed off the Beacons' final seven PP chances, including five in the second period.
The Seahawks were in the midst of a penalty kill with a faceoff in the UMass Boston end of the ice when Porter notched the game-winner for Salve Regina. Sophomore Drew Chernisky (Valley View, OH) won the draw to Porter, who rifled a shot from the slot over the Beacons' goaltender's glove hand at 8:46.
Sophomore goalie Rebecca Simmons (Averill Park, NY) did the rest from there for the Seahawks, stopping all eight shots in the third, including a key save on UMass Boston junior forward Kristen Smith (Beavercreek, Ohio) at the left post with 38 ticks left on the clock.
Sophomore forward Molly Golden's (Milton, MA) fourth goal of the season just 3:53 into the contest gave the Seahawks a 1-0 lead. Freshman Melanie Sherlock (Colorado Springs, CO) fired a shot from the right side of the net that was stopped by the Beacons' sophomore goalie Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT), but Golden was parked in front and swiped the rebound into the left side of the net at 3:52. Porter was credited with the second assist.
UMass Boston tied the game at one with a power-play marker at 17:14 of the opening stanza. With Golden in the box for tripping, junior Jazz Webber (Winslow, ME) put a shot from the point on goal that was jammed at by several Beacons and eventually put home by junior forward Lauren Duran (Woburn, MA). Junior Rachel Sousa (Woburn, MA) was involved in the scrum in front of Simmons and picked up the primary helper.
Salve Regina outshot UMass Boston 43-36 on the evening and finished 0-for-4 on the power-play. The Beacons were 1-for-8 with the man-advantage.
Hallett stopped 41 shots for the Beacons, while Simmons turned away 35 shots for the Seahawks.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Friday, November 20 when it travels to Northfield, VT to take on ECAC East foe Norwich University at 7:00 p.m., while Salve Regina heads to Castleton, VT on November 20 to play Castleton State College at 4:00 p.m.
Material in this report provided courtesy of Salve Regina Sports Information.