BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston women's hockey stormed back from an early 3-0 deficit, to score six unanswered goals in a thrilling conference win on "Pink The Rink" Day at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
UMass Boston 6, Castleton University 3
(UMass Boston 1-2, NEHC 1-1)
(Castleton 2-2, NEHC 1-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
In a matchup of the second and third ranked sides in the New England Hockey Conference Preseason Poll, UMass Boston scored two goals in the second period and four more in the third to earn their first win of the 2017-18 season.
Senior Alli Bianchini (Sterling Heights, Mich.) scored the game-winning goal and tacked on the sixth tally of the day, for her first collegiate two-goal game.
Freshmen Katie Leffler (Key Largo, Fla.) and Sarah King (Wilmington, Mass.) both added their first collegiate tallies, while senior captain Maren Brown (Brainerd, Minn.) and junior Kaleigh Beauregard (Gaylord, Mich.) each netted their first goals of the season.
In net, Alyssa DePippo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) came on with 5:40 remaining in the first period and stopped all 15 shots she faced. The junior picked up her first win of the season in her first game action of the year. Senior Rachel Myette (Duxbury, Mass.) struggled a day after making a career 51 saves, as she stopped six of the nine shots she faced in the opening 14:20.
Castleton University jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening 14:20, including a 1-0 advantage just 17 seconds in. First-line forward Aimee Briand and Hannah Rose (one assist) each scored, while freshman Casey Traill also found the back of the net.
Alexis Kalm made 25 saves on 31 shots to fall to 0-2 on the year.
The Spartans grabbed a 1-0 lead on the first shift of the game, when Traill sent a shot from the blue line that deflected off of Myette's stick and in at the 17-second mark.
Briand pushed the lead to 2-0 at 12:50, when she used a Beacons' defenseman as a screen on Myette and snuck the puck just inside the near post. Chanel Tvergyak and Mollyshae Cadwell each picked up assist on the play.
Castleton forced the Beacons to a call a timeout less than a minute later, when Rose forced a turnover in the Beacons' end and then deposited a backhand shot past Myette at 13:30.
After being outshot 13-4 and outscored 3-0 in the first, the Beacons came out looking like a different team in the second stanza.
Brown got the Beacons on the board 2:49 into the second, when she sent a shot from a bad angle off the back of Kalm and in. King and Erica Lunn (North Kingston, Mass.) were credited with assists on the play.
The Beacons tacked on a huge second goal with 62 seconds left in the period. Katie Barry (Abington, Mass.) sent a shot towards net that Leffler tipped home to draw the game within one. Bri Colucci earned a second assist on the play.
UMass Boston struck for four more goals in the second period, including two goasl in a 1:29 span to take the lead.
Beauregard tied the game at 6:10, when she took the puck off a Castleton player at the Spartans blue line, skated in one-on-one on Kalm and beat the netminder with a backhand shot for a short-handed goal.
Bianchini made it 4-3 at 7:39. Rachel Peacock (Billerica, Mass.) forced a turnover at the Beacons blue line and then fed a streaking Bianchini. Bianchini carried the puck into the zone and then whipped a shot off of Kalm, that bounced over the goalies' head and in.
The Beacons added on two more insurance goals to put the game out of reach. King scored a highlight reel goal at 16:22, when she forced a turnover and then sprinted past the defense before beating Kalm through the five-hole.
Bianchini closed out the scoring at 18:29. This time Peacock sent a shot off Kalm that fluttered in the air, before Bianchini tapped the rebound in just past Kalm's leg.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Prior to the game, UMass Boston honored the memory of alum Katherine Wall ('08), who passed away from breast cancer in 2015. Her nephew and mother took part in a ceremonial puck drop before the start of the contest.
- UMass Boston outshot the Spartans 31-22, including 27-9 in the final two periods.
- Both sides finished with a power-play goal, but the Beacons managed a short-handed tally. On the day, UMass Boston went 0-for-4, while Castleton went 0-for-3.
- Peacock registered a career-best three assists in the win.
- All four lines scored for UMass Boston in the victory.
- Leffler was making her collegiate debut in the win.
- UMass Boston improved to 17-5-1 against the Spartans and earned their biggest margin of victory since 2010, when they downed Castleton 8-0.
UMass Boston will take to the road for the first time this season, when they head to the University of Southern Maine on Friday at 4 p.m.