January 25, 2013

Women’s Hockey Ties Nichols, 2-2

BOSTON, Mass. – Despite a 41-21 advantage in shots, women's ice hockey was unable to find the back of the net just one more time, as they settled for a 2-2 ECAC East conference tie with Nichols College Friday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.

The draw extends the Beacons four-game unbeaten to 2-0-2 and gives them an overall record of 7-9-3 and a 4-5-3 mark in the conference.  Nichols, who fell to UMB by the final of 6-1 on their home ice back in the beginning of the season earned their first tie of the year as they now stand at 3-14-1 overall, 1-9-1 in the ECAC East.

With the exception of the second period, where both teams recorded 10 shots each, UMB's offense dominated the shots column in the first, third and overtime period.  In the opening frame the Beacons outshot the Bison 12-5, while in the third they recorded 14-6 advantage in shots, and in the overtime it was all UMB as they outshot Nichols 4-0. 

Nichols, would get both of their goals on the power-play, while UMB picked-up goals from Emily Howard (Terryville, Conn.) and Kelsey MacIsaac (Durham, N.H.). 

Howard netted the afternoon's first tally at the 5:26 mark of the first period.  The goal, which was her team-leading seventh of the season, was assisted by Angle Dandreo (Swampscott, Mass.).  Leading by with less than two minutes to play in the opening period, the Beacons were blown for a tripping call, giving the Bison their first power-play attempt of the day.

Thirty-nine seconds later UMB was whistled for too many players on the ice making a 5-on-3 advantage in favor of the visitors.  With 28 seconds left in the period, Nichols tied the score at 1-1 on a goal by Grace Murphy, with the assist going to Lisa Coskren.

The period ended with Nichols still on the power-play, which they used in their favor in the first 30 seconds of the second period.  Giving the Bison the then go-ahead goal was Murphy, her 12th of the year off of another Coskren assist.

Trailing by one for most of the period, the Beacons finally got knotted it up at two goals each, when MacIsaac fired home her third goal of the year off of a Dylan Caron (Burrillville, R.I.) helper.  Neither team would find the back of the net for the final two minutes 23 seconds, and all of the third period and in the five minute overtime, despite outshooting the Bison 18-6.

Between the pipes Kailyn Burke (Franklin, Mass.) totaled 19 stops and now holds a record of 4-2-2.  Francesca Palazzo earned her first tie of the year after making 38 saves and now stands at 0-3-1.

Nichols closed out the game 2-for-4 on the power-play, while UMB finished 0-for-1.

The Beacons return to action tomorrow when they host #8 Manhattanville College at 1 p.m.