SALEM, Mass.—Freshman Elie Fallieras (Columbus, Ohio) celebrated her return from an injury with her first collegiate hat trick, to lead UMass Boston women's hockey past host Salem State University 7-1.
UMass Boston 7, Salem State 1
(UMass Boston 3-4, NEHC 2-3)
(Salem State 2-3, NEHC 2-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Fallieras who missed the last three games with an injury, recorded a pair of power-play tallies and added a goal with 5:04 remaining to key the Beacons biggest win of the season.
Sophomore Katie Leffler (Key Largo, Fla.) added the final goal for the Beacons, who had scored just eight goals in their first four New England Hockey Conference contests.
In net, senior Alyssa DePippo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made 15 saves on 16 shots to earn the victory. Freshman Olivia Petito (St. Augustine, Fla.) made her debut over the final 8:31, as she stopped the only shot she faced.
Salem State's Isabelle Woodward made 35 saves on 42 shots to fall to 1-2 on the season.
The Beacons opened the scoring at 14:06 of the first, when Lunn scored off a pass from Kozich.
It would take UMass Boston nearly 20 minutes to extend their lead, but they quickly made it 3-1 in a five-minute span.
Fallieras scored the first of her three goals with a power-play tally at 13:54 of the second period. Arielle Gallucci (Warren, N.J.) had the assist on the play.
Salem State answered back 19 seconds later, when Kylie Currier cut the deficit to 2-1 at 14:15.
UMass Boston gained the momentum back going into the intermission, when Moritz took a feed from Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.) and scored a power-play goal at 18:51.
The Beacons put the game-away with two power-play goals in the opening 2:04 of the third. Leffler scored just 21 seconds into the stanza and Fallieras added her second goal of the game at 2:04.
UMass Boston closed out the scoring with two more goals in quick succession. Kozich scored off a Casey Adimey (Buffalo, N.Y.) feed at 13:59 and Fallieras finished off her hat trick at 14:56 on a pass from Kaleigh Beauregard (Gaylord, Mich.).
BY THE NUMBERS
- Fallieras is the third Beacon in program history to record a hat trick as a freshman. She joins UMass Boston Hall of Famers Melissa Belmonte ('11) and Andrea Ciarletta ('07) as the only players to accomplish that feat. Belmonte did it five times as a freshman, while Ciarletta recorded four hat tricks as a freshman.
- UMass Boston outshot the Vikings 42-17 and won 30 of the 58 face-offs.
- The Beacons power-play struck for four power-play goals on seven chances. Their penalty kill held Salem State to an 0-4 night.
- UMass Boston's penalty kill has now successfully killed off 18-straight power-plays over the last five games and 30-of-31 this year.
- The Beacons four power-play goals are one shy of the program record. UMass Boston recorded five power-play goals against Saint Anselm College on November 18, 2008.
- Adimey recorded her first collegiate point in the victory.
The Beacons will host their annual "Katherine Wall Pink The Rink Game" and their Alumni Day on Saturday. UMass Boston will host Suffolk University at 2 p.m. in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.