BOSTON, Mass. – Despite a 36-11 advantage in shots women's hockey dropped a 2-1 New England Conference decision to Castleton University Friday afternoon at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
UMass Boston 1, Castleton University 2
UMass Boston (9-12-2, 5-7-2 New England Hockey Conference)
Castleton University (6-12-3, 6-4-2 New England Hockey Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Despite allowing the two goals, the Beacons offense dominated from start-to-finish. However they could not beat Rylie Wills, who played a tremendous game between the pipes.
Castleton gave their netminder some breathing room at 12:38 of the first period when Ryanne Mix scored on the power-play. Her shot from the point beat Alyssa DePippo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) to the upper corner thanks to a perfectly timed screen by a Castleton forward.
Right before the power-play goal by the Spartans, UMB's power-play had multiple chances to get on the scoreboard on a man-up chance of their own. Each attempt throughout the shooting spree was turned away by Wills.
After a scoreless second period, which saw the Beacons outshoot the Spartans 10-6, Castleton netted the game-winner just four minutes into the final stanza. Courtney Gauthier scored the unassisted goal on a redirect.
Just like the first period, UMB's offense fired shot-after-shot but could not end Wills' shutout bid. It was not until a shorthanded goal by Edy Moritz (Guilford, Conn.) that the Beacons finally got the lift they needed. Moritz managed to collect the loose puck and brought it up the middle of the ice. She beat Mills glove side to cut the deficit in half with just over three minutes remaining in regulation.
Castleton nearly regained their two-goal advantage just seconds later, but were denied by an unbelievable save by DePippo as she made a diving stop across the goal line.
Even with the goal, the Spartans managed to stand strong as they kept the Beacons offense at bay. With less than a minute to play in regulation, UMB went to the extra forward, which led another shooting spree.
UMB was unable to break through on their final attempt of the afternoon as Castleton secured the win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- On the day DePippo finished with nine saves, while Wills posted 35 stops to earn her fourth win of the season
- The Beacons were 20-for-34 on the face-off dot and were 0-2 on the power-play attempt
- Friday's win marked the first for the Spartans on the Beacons' home ice since 2016
- Moritz's shorthanded goal marked the second of the year for the Beacons
The Beacons will travel to Plymouth State University tomorrow for a 2 p.m. conference game.