BOSTON, Mass. – Led by Kaitlin Irvine Johnson and Wales University picked-up their second win in the last three games as they stunned women's hockey as they handed the Beacons a 4-3 non-conference loss Saturday afternoon at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
UMass Boston 3, Johnson & Wales University 4
UMass Boston (4-5-2)
Johnson & Wales University (2-6-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Irvine led the Wildcats to their first-ever win over the Beacons as she registered her first two goals of the season, including the game-winner, which came in the ninth minute of the third period. Bri Colucci (Lancaster, N.Y.) cut the then 4-2 lead down to one as she registered a power-play goal at the 13:43 mark.
From there the Beacons began to build some momentum, but were never able to score the crucial equalizer. However, the Beacons came within milliseconds of tying the game on the final play of the afternoon. Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.) took what was the final face-off of the contest. The senior played the puck perfectly as she fired it on goal. Just as time was about to expire, Edy Moritz deflected the puck into the net just as the honor sounded.
After a meeting with the officials, the goal was unfortunately waved off, securing the victory for the Wildcats.
Kathryn Mason and Drea Westgaard gave JWU an early 2-0 lead through the first 20 minutes of play. Irvine then made a 3-0 game less than two minutes into the second period. From there the Beacons began to chip away at the deficit, with Julia Nolan (Duxbury, Mass.) scoring her first goal of the year and of the game.
UMass Boston headed into the second intermission down by two, but were ready to take the win with only one period remaining. The Beacons got their second power-play goal of the night from Kaleigh Beauregard (Gaylord, Mich.) at the 1:11 mark of the third. Unfortunately, the goal by Irvine eight minutes later proved to be the deciding marker.
BY THE NUMBERS
- All-time UMass Boston and Johnson & Wales are tied at 1-1
- Rachel Myette (Duxbury, Mass.) registered 14 stops, while Kami Weiner finished with 32 saves
- All three Beacons goals were scored on the power-play as they finished 3-for-7
- The Wildcats were 2-for-4 on the man-up opportunities
- In total the Beacons finished with 35 shots, while the Wildcats tallied 18 shots
The Beacons will travel to Colby College on Saturday for a 7 p.m. non-conference game.