BOSTON, Mass.—Allie Damren's breakaway goal with seven minutes to play in regulation, lifted visiting Wesleyan University past UMass Boston women's hockey 2-1 in the opening game of the 12thAnnual Codfish Bowl Tournament.
Wesleyan University 2, UMass Boston 1
(UMass Boston 3-5-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Damren stole the puck from a Beacon just inside the Cardinals defensive zone, outraced three Beacons into their own defensive zone and ripped a wrister just inside the near post for a 2-1 lead.
Junior Sam Smith made two saves over the final seven minutes to lift the Cardinals to their first-ever win at the Codfish Bowl Tournament (1-4).
With the loss, UMass Boston will play Bowdoin College on Sunday in the Consolation Game at 1:00 p.m. The Cardinals will take on first-time entrants Manhattanville College at 4 p.m.
UMass Boston senior goalie Alyssa DePippo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made 23 saves on 25 shots in the loss.
Sophomore forward Katie Leffler (Key Largo, Fla.) stayed red-hot with her team-leading fifth goal of the season.
Grant made 31 saves on 32 shots in her junior season debut.
Neither side could wrestle control of the first period, with the Beacons holding a slight 7-6 edge after a scoreless 20 minutes.
The Cardinals came out red-hot to start the second period and took the lead 91 seconds into the stanza.
After a Beacons penalty on the opening shift of the period, Gina Mangiafridda sent a pass from the behind the net to the blue line and then darted out on the other side to redirect Caroline Seibold's pass into the back of the net.
The Beacons began to turn the advantage five minutes later and found an equalizer exactly seven minutes after the Wesleyan goal.
Kaleigh Beauregard (Gaylord, Mich.) received a pass at the blue line and teed up a slap-shot from straight away-that Leffler redirected in, from in close.
UMass Boston would continue to hold the better end of the play until late in the period. In the final 10 seconds of the period alone, the Cardinals were denied by the underside of the crossbar twice.
UMass Boston had their best chance to take the lead at the midway point of the third. The Beacons earned a power-play and peppered Smith's crease, only to see Smith record four saves and watch several other chances go just wide.
Damren made the Beacons pay with seven minutes to go, with a tremendous individual effort.
Despite pulling the goalie and earning a power-play, UMass Boston managed just one decent look on net over the final seven minutes.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot Wesleyan 32-25. The Cardinals won 28 of the 50 face-offs.
- The Beacons finished 1-5 on the power-play, while Wesleyan went 1-3 for the second-straight game.
- Wesleyan avenged a 3-1 loss to UMass Boston in last year's Codfish Bowl opening game. The Beacons lead the all-time series 4-2.
- UMass Boston has now allowed a power-play goal in back-to-back games, after starting the year 31-32 on the penalty kill.
- The Beacons will be playing the Codfish Bowl Consolation Game for just the second time in program history. UMass Boston also lost in the opening round in 2009.
UMass Boston will take on Bowdoin College on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Codfish Bowl Consolation Game. Beacons head coach Dom Lozzi is a Bowdoin Alum ('12) and spent the past three seasons as the Polar Bears top assistant.