February 15, 2013

Southern Maine Slips By Women's Hockey In Overtime 3-2

BOSTON, Mass.—Kailey Bubier found the puck in front of the net and poked it through Kailyn Burke's (Franklin, Mass.)  at 2:02 of the overtime session, to send the University of Southern Maine past UMass Boston 3-2 Friday night at the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.

Bubier's second goal of the night and team-leading eight goal of the season helped the Huskies move to 7-11-6 on the season and 6-7-4 in ECAC East play. With the loss, the Beacons fell to 8-12-4 and 5-8-4 in conference play.

Friday night's game was also the Beacon's annual Pink the Rink game, as the Beacons sold pink ribbons and wore pink shoelaces to help raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer Research.

Despite outshooting the Huskies 28-6 and coming back from two separate deficits, the Beacons couldn't slow down Southern Maine's top two scorers, as the Huskies earned their first two-game winning streak of the season.

The Huskies top duo of Erin Banfield and Bubier scored all three goals and combined for four of the team's six shots.

Junior Sarahanne Cavolo (Roxbury, N.H.) and freshman defenseman Samantha Fallon (Pembroke, Mass.) scored the Beacons two tallies in UMB's third straight loss.

Sophomore netminder Liz Bergstrom made 26 saves on 28 shots for the Huskies, as she earned her second career win in three starts against the Beacons. On the Beacons side, Burke made three stops on six shots.

The two teams skated to a scoreless first period, as UMB racked up nine shots, compared to just two for the Huskies, but couldn't solve Bergstrom. The sophomore goaltender made five saves during a three-minute stretch with the Beacons on the power-play, including a 56-second 5-on-3.

Southern Maine got on the scoreboard first in the second period, as Bubier skated in on the right boards and sent a shot off of Burke's shoulder that bounced into the netting. Junior defenseman Shannon Cronin picked up an assist on the play. 

Cavolo evened the score at 1-1 at the 16:31 mark of the period, when she recorded the Beacons first short-handed goal of the year. Linemate Katie Loiselle (Glocester, R.I.) skated in with Cavolo on the forecheck and forced a turnover behind the net, before turning and sending a pass to Cavolo at the doorstep. The junior forward's first shot appeared to bounce off of Bergstrom's pads, before sliding into the net off of a player's skates. 

The Huskies took the lead back at the 8:07 mark of the third period, when Banfield found the puck in the midst of a scrum just outside the crease and poked the puck home past an outstretched Burke. The power-play was just the sixth of the season for the Huskies, as Brittany Soar and Talya Bent were credited with assists. 

UMass Boston answered with less than a minute remaining and the goalie out in favor of an extra skater. Senior assistant captain Emily LaRosa (Weymouth, Mass.) sent a pass to Fallon who was waiting at the slot and Fallon's shot slipped through traffic and into the side of the net, just barely glancing off of Bergstrom's pads with 25 seconds to go in regulation. 

Southern Maine will return to action Saturday when they travel to St. Anselm College at 1 p.m., while the Beacons will host Plymouth State University at 1 p.m. on Senior Day.