Women's Hockey Opens 2018 With Hard-Fought 2-2 Tie

Women's Hockey Opens 2018 With Hard-Fought 2-2 Tie

GENEVA, N.Y.—Freshman Jane Ann Drill's (Madison, Wisc.) first collegiate goal forced overtime and helped UMass Boston women's hockey earn a 2-2 tie in their first game of the 2018 calendar year.


THE BASICS

UMass Boston 2, William Smith College 2 (OT)

(UMass Boston 4-6-3)

(William Smith 7-2-3)


HOW IT HAPPENED

After trailing 1-0 and 2-1, Drill's goal at 10:17 of the third period tied the game, and helped UMass Boston snap a four-game losing streak.


The freshman defenseman was joined on the scoresheet by senior Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.). Sophomore defenseman Grace Fisher (Vienna, Va.) recorded the lone assist of the day for the Beacons.

In net, Alyssa DePippo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made a career-high 33 saves on 35 shots to stay unbeaten on the year. With the tie, DePippo moved to 3-0-1 on the season.

Sophomore Katie Klimaszewski and Taylor Morash both scored for the host Herons-who had previously been a perfect 5-0-0 this year at home.

Senior goalie Maggie Salmon made 33 saves on 35 shots to move to 7-2-2.

Friday's non-conference affair was incredibly even, with both sides finishing with 35 shots, 33 saves and the Herons earning a slight 29-27 edge in face-offs.

Klimaszewski gave the hosts a 1-0 advantage at 9:13 of the first period when she scored her first goal of the season. Jules Kennedy recorded an assist on the play.

Morrissette tied the game less than four minutes later, when she scored her fourth goal of the season at 12:58.

The Herons scored the lone goal of the second period just 1:53 into the stanza. With the Beacons on the man-advantage, Morash forced a turnover and snapped a shot past DePippo to make it 2-1.

William Smith had the upper-hand for most of the second, but the Beacons turned the tide in the third period.

After gaining some of the momentum back, Drill skated into the zone and unleashed a cannon just under the crossbar from the left point, to make it 2-2 at 10:17 of the third period. 

In the extra session, defensemen Arielle Gallucci (Warren, N.J.) and Bri Colucci (Lancaster, N.Y.) both created great chances that Salmon was able to knock aside.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston finished 0-4 on the power play, while William Smith went 0-3.
  • Morrisette led all Beacons with eight shots in the tie.
  • Friday's game started an hour late due to the Beacons having to drive north in the aftermath of the winter storm that hit Boston on Thursday.
  • With the tie, the Beacons now lead the all-time series 3-2-1. The Beacons are the first team in the series to earn a result on the road. The home team had won each of the first five meetings.
  • DePippo's 33 saves were 15 higher than her previous season-high. Her previous career-high came last season, when she made 29 saves on 31 shots against the College of Holy Cross.

WHO'S NEXT 

The two teams will be right back at it on Saturday at 4 p.m., when they meet in the second game of their two-game non-confererence series.