Women's Hockey Overcomes Slow Start, To Down Huskies 4-2

Women's Hockey Overcomes Slow Start, To Down Huskies 4-2

GORHAM, Maine—For the second-straight game UMass Boston women's hockey fell behind early, only to rally for an impressive conference victory.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 4, Southern Maine 2

(UMass Boston 2-2, NEHC 2-1)

(Southern Maine 1-3, NEHC 1-2)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Southern Maine struck for two goals in the opening 2:42, but it would be all UMass Boston the rest of the way.

The Beacons scored two goals in the final four minutes of the first to tie the game and then sophomore Rachel Peacock (Billerica, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal 5:58 into the second stanza.

Freshman Sarah King (Wilmington, Mass.) added on an insurance goal with 40 seconds remaining in regulation to cap off the Beacons' second-straight impressive rally. 

Senior Alli Bianchini (Sterling Heights, Mass.) added her team-leading third goal of the season, while Emily Harris (Littleton, Mass.) recorded her first goal of the year.

In net, Alyssa DePippo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) picked up a win in her first start of the year. DePippo stopped 12 total shots, including all nine she faced in the final two periods, to improve to 2-0 on the year.

Jensen Hamblett and Julia Ormsby both scored for the hosts who were looking to earn a win in their home opener. In net, Whitney Padgett made 37 saves on 41 shots to fall to 1-1 on the season.

Southern Maine stunned the Beacons, when they took the lead just 11 seconds into the game. Hamblett took a pass from Shannon Colbert and beat DePippo for a 1-0 lead. Ormsby made it 2-0 at 2:42, when she scored an unassisted goal.

The Huskies had a chance to push their lead to three, but the Beacons were able to kill off a penalty midway through the stanza.

That was the momentum UMass Boston needed, as they struck for two goals in less than two minutes late in the period. Bianchini netted an unassisted goal at 16:44 and Harris scored on the man advantage at 18:12. Senior Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.) and junior Edy Moritz (Guilford, Conn.) recorded assists on the play.

UMass Boston broke the deadlock 5:58 into the second. Juniors Arielle Gallucci (Warren, N.J.) and Kaleigh Beauregard (Gaylord, Mich.) unlocked the defense and then fed Peacock for an easy goal.

King put the game away with 40 second left, when she beat Padgett glove side. Maren Brown (Brainerd, Minn.) and Bri Colucci (Lancaster, N.Y.) each were credited with assists on the play.

BY THE NUMBERS  

  • UMass Boston trailed Castleton 3-0 after 14 minutes of play last Saturday, before earning a 6-3 conference win.
  • With the victory, UMass Boston extended their unbeaten streak to six games against the Huskies (5-0-1) and improved to 19-6-1 all-time.
  • The Beacons outshot the Huskies 41-14, including a 28-9 margin over the last two periods.
  • The Beacons finished 1-for-5 on the power play and held Southern Maine to a 0-for-2 showing.
  • After being shutout in their opener, UMass Boston has averaged 4.33 goals per game over their past three contests.

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will look to go 2-0 on the weekend, when they travel to take on the University of New England at 1 p.m.