Women's Hockey Battles Nichols to 2-2 Tie

Nov. 5, 2011

Box Score (Note: Correction to be made on Beacons 1st goal.  Time of goal 5:52 and it was even strength)

BOSTON, Mass. – After falling into an early 2-0 hole, women’s hockey (1-2-1, 0-1-1 ECAC East) managed to battle their way back with a pair of goals of their own to tie ECAC East opponent Nichols College (0-0-1, 0-0-1 ECAC East) 2-2 through regulation and the overtime period Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Ice Rink.

Fueling the Beacons second and third period rally was Kayla Kiernan (North Smithfield, R.I.) and Taylor Donners (Norwood, Mass.).  Kiernan found the back of the Bison’s cage less than 30 seconds after Nichols scored their second goal of the contest.  Donners tied the game at 2-2 at the 13:08 mark in the third period, which proved to be the game-tying score for UMass.

Overall UMass had another strong performance from start-to-finish.  Even with less than 24 hours rest, the Beacons went toe-to-toe with Nichols, who was playing in their first game of the season.  Their season opener was scheduled for last night at Saint Anselm, but that game was moved to tomorrow due to facility issues at Saint Anselm.

In the cage Jami Cudmore (Balgonie, Saskatchewan) was solid all afternoon coming up with 29 saves to earn the first tie of the year.  Both teams were almost identical in shots, with Nichols earning just one more than UMass (31-30).  On the power-play, UMass went 0-for-3, while Nichols managed one power-play goal on their six man-up opportunities.

Scoring the first goal of the game was Talia Hohmann at the 14:05 mark in the first period.  Kerri Nadeau found the back of the net on the power-play at 5:33 in the second. 

Also recording assists for UMass in the Saturday’s contest the first of the year for each of them was Angela Dandreo (Swampscott, Mass.), Jess Salisbury (North Smithfield, R.I.), Brittany Usmail (New Hartford, N.Y.), and Kelly Sharlow (Potsdam, N.Y.).

Nichols goalie Francesca Palazzo totaled 28 saves in the contest and managed to come up with a couple key saves late in the third to preserve the 2-2 draw.  UMass actually managed to just hold on in the final two seconds of the overtime period, as Nichols went to the extra-man on the ice and nearly snuck the puck past Cudmore on a last second scramble in front of the net.

Women’s hockey returns to action next Friday when they travel to Holy Cross for a 7 p.m. ECAC East conference game.