BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston women's hockey celebrated Katherine Wall ('08) and welcomed home their alumni in the morning, and then skated to a 2-2 tie against Suffolk University Saturday afternoon at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
UMass Boston 2, Suffolk 2 (OT)
(UMass Boston 3-4-1, NEHC 2-3-1)
(Suffolk 5-3-1, NEHC 2-1-1)
HOW IT HAPPENE
The Beacons hosted their annual "Katherine Wall Pink The Rink Game" and their Alumni Game on Saturday afternoon. UMass Boston raised funds for breast cancer awareness and research in honor of Wall, who was a three-sport athlete at UMass Boston and Hall of Famer. She tragically passed away from breast cancer in 2015 after being diagnosed for a third time.
Sporting their custom "pink" jerseys and pink socks, UMass Boston jumped out to a 2-0 lead and held off a late Rams charge, to earn a tie in the first-ever meeting between the two Boston programs.
Senior Emily Harris (Littleton, Colo.) and sophomore Katie Leffler (Key Largo, Fla.) paced the Beacons with a goal and an assist apiece in the victory. The duo teamed up with linemate Cailey Kozich (Wexford, Pa.) to recorded two goals and three assists in the victory.
In net, Alyssa DePippo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) backstopped the Beacons to a positive conference result for the second-straight season in their "Katherine Wall Pink The Rink Game." The senior stopped a season-high 30 of 32 shots, including all six shots she faced in the extra session.
Suffolk freshman Shana Cote led the Rams with a goal and an assist. Fellow freshman Payton Dockus scored the game-tying goal early in the third period.
SUNY Canton transfer Kristen Caporusso made 29 saves on 30 shots to move to 2-1-1 on the season.
UMass Boston struck just 2:14 into the contest. Leffler shoveled the puck off the board behind the net to Kozich on the opposite side and Kozich fed Harris just in front of the crease for a one-time shot that beat Caporusso shortside.
The Beacons third line nearly scored a second goal with 5:33 left in the first period, but Leffler was denied on a point-blank chance.
The Rams would turn the tide the rest of the period and pepper DePippo to no avail. The senior netminder stopped all 10 shots she faced, to keep the Beacons ahead 1-0 after 20 minutes.
UMass Boston grew into the game to start the second and doubled their lead at 8:06. On the same shift she was denied on a tremendous forehand chance, Leffler skated in one-on-one with the goalie and waited for Caporusso's to make her move, before lifting a backhand inside the near post. Harris and junior defenseman Bri Colucci (Lancaster, N.Y.) earned assists on the play.
Suffolk answered back just 3:35 later on the power-play. DePippo stopped Madison Duff's initial shot from the point, but the rebound fell right to Cote, who slipped the puck inside the post as she was falling to the ice.
The Beacons would dominate the period overall, outshooting Suffolk 16-7, but had to settle for a 2-1 lead.
Suffolk evened the game just 2:14 into the third. After the Beacons turned the puck over in their own zone on an attempted breakout, Cote found Dockus wide open at the top of the slot and Dockus' shot flew just over DePippo's left shoulder for a 2-2 tie.
The Beacons had two golden chances to earn the win in regulation, but Moritz was denied on a point-blank chance after a Rams turnover and Elie Fallieras' (Colombus, Ohio) didn't get enough on a one-time attempt to beat the sophomore netminder.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Suffolk outshot the Beacons 32-31, thanks to a 6-2 lead in overtime. The Beacons earned a 41-30 edge in the face-off dot.
- The Beacons went 0-4 on the power-play, while Suffolk finished 1-3. The Beacons had allowed just one power-play goal prior to Saturday's game, and hadn't allowed a power-play tally in six-straight games.
- Leffler has scored two of her five career goals during the ""Katherine Wall Pink The Rink Game." She scored her only goal of her freshman season last year against Castleton in the contest.
- Suffolk head coach Taylor Wasylk was an assistant coach for UMass Boston during the 2014-15 season. She is leading the Rams in their inaugural campaign.
- The Beacons held the nation's leading scorer Tess Adams to 0 points and just two shots.
The Beacons will host the 12thAnnual Women's Codfish Bowl Tournament next weekend. UMass Boston will play Wesleyan University on Saturday at 1 p.m., while Manhattanville College and Bowdoin College will play at 4 p.m.