Women's Hockey Suffers OT Heartbreaker to Conn. College

BOSTON, Mass. – With just 18 seconds left on the clock Samantha Schuffeneck was able to drive home the game-winning goal to give Connecticut College (9-9-2) a 4-3 overtime win over women's hockey (7-12-2) Tuesday evening the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.

Setting up what would be the deciding play was Jillian Dolliff who connected with Schuffeneck on the far side of the goal, where she was able to redirect the pass into the back of the net. Also getting the assist on the play was Amanda Bogue.

Also playing a huge part in the non-conference victory for the Camels was Lauren Posillico who had two of the goals in regulation, including the then game-tying goal in the opening minutes of the third period. 

For UMass Boston it was Emily Howard (Terryville, Conn.) in the first period that gave the Beacons the 1-0 lead at the 8:22 mark.  Her goal, which was the second of the season, came on the power-play.  After Connecticut College tied the score at 1-1 moments later, the Beacons would return in the second to regain control of the lead two more times.

The first goal came from senior Brittany Usmail (New Hartford, N.Y.), also on the power-play, which made it a 2-1 game in favor of UMass Boston.  Follow the Poscillico goal, Kayla Kiernan (North Smithfield, R.I.) scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season to put the Beacons up by one for the third time on the night.

The score would remain 3-2 going into the final intermission with the Beacons holding a one shot advantage over the Camels up to that point (18-17).

After the break the two teams combined for a mere 11 shots respectively, but it was the even strength goal from Posillico that made the difference as she tied the score at 3-3.  Throughout the final 15 minutes of play, both teams had one or two solid chances to find the back of the net, but goalies Jamie Cudmore (Balgonie, Saskatchewan) and Kelsie Fralick held strong to force the overtime period.

Cudmore posted 24 saves for the Beacons as she was handed just her first loss of the season.  Fralick improved to 4-4-1 on the season after totaling 21 stops in the contest.

In the overtime period, Connecticut College dominated the play totaling five shots, while holding UMass Boston to just one.  On the night the Beacons were 2-for-7 on the power-play and held the Camels to zero power-play goals on their two attempts.  Connecticut College managed to lead the contest in shots with 28, while the Beacons finished with 24.

Women's Hockey will host St. Anselm College on Saturday at 1 p.m.