Women's Hockey Matches Regular-Season Win Record, In Win Over Panthers

Women's Hockey Matches Regular-Season Win Record, In Win Over Panthers

BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston women's hockey scored a pair of third-period goals to down Plymouth State University and tie the program record for regular-season wins Saturday afternoon at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 3, Plymouth State University 1

(UMass Boston 16-7, New England Hockey Conference 10-5)

(Plymouth State University 8-13-2, New England Hockey Conference 4-10-1)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Senior Kristen Embrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) broke a 1-1 tie 51 seconds into the third and Alli Bianchini (Sterling Heights, Mich.) tacked on an empty-net goal to secure the conference victory.

Sophomore Emily Harris (Littleton, Colo.) opened the scoring for UMass Boston, who earned their 16th win of the season. With the victory, UMass Boston tied the 2009-10 team for most regular season victories and stand just one win shy of the program mark for wins in a season (17) that was set by the 09-10 team.

In net, Rachel Myette (Duxbury, Mass.) picked up her third-straight win, by making 26 saves on 27 shots.

Freshman Kailey Jacobs scored a power-play goal early in the second period for the Panthers, but that would be all the offense they could generate. Haley Branovan and Courtney Evans each picked up assists on the play.

Junior Mariah Trupp fell below .500 (3-4-1) after allowing 32 saves on 34 total shots.

UMass Boston opened the scoring 9:10 into the third period on a snipe from Harris. Katie Jeter (Winthrop, Mass.) passed the puck ahead for Kaleigh Beauregard (Gaylord, Mich.) who fed a speeding Harris down the left wing. Harris gained the zone and sent a hard wrister just under the bar glove-side for a 1-0 lead. 

The Beacons earned two power plays late in the period with a chance to add to their lead, but couldn't get anything going.

Plymouth State took advantage of the Beacons' first penalty just 3:40 into the second. After Jeter was whistled for a trip, Branovan sent a shot from the point that Jacobs redirected past Myette for a 1-1 tie.

The Panthers earned another power play less than two minutes later, but UMass Boston held them to just one shot to keep the game tied 1-1.

Embrey turned the tied 51 seconds into the third, when she brought the puck from behind the goal to the low slot, and blasted a shot just under the bar glove side for a 2-1 lead. Freshman Julia Nolan (Duxbury, Mass.) tacked on an assist on the play.

Plymouth State began pressing with five minutes to go in the third and pulled Trupp with 1:40 to play. Bianchini put the game out of reach when her shot from inside the red line split a pair of defenders and trickled in for her second goal of the weekend. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston outshot the Panthers 35-27 and the two teams each earned 21 face-off victories.
  • With the win, UMass Boston snapped a streak of three losses in four games against the Panthers. The Beacons improved to 8-3-1 all-time against Plymouth State.
  • Myette picked up her 10th win of the season to tie Leah Hallett '12 for the third-most wins in a single-season by a Beacons goalie. She stands second all-time behind Hallett with her 23 career wins.
  • The victory also marked the Beacons ninth overall home win (9-3), which ranks tied for second-most in program history for a single year. The 2005-06 and 2009-10 teams each won 10 games at home.

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will go for their fourth-straight win on Friday night, when they travel to Nichols College for a 4:40 p.m. start.