BOSTON, Mass.—Senior goaltender Moe Bradley (Swampscott, Mass.) posted 31 saves to lead UMass Boston women's hockey (5-3-4) to a huge 2-2 tie against #6/8 Adrian College (7-0-2) Saturday afternoon at the Beacons Ice Arena.
Coming off back-to-back losses in which they had been outscored 8-0, the Beacons scored a pair of first-period goals and nearly added the game-winner in overtime, to hand the Bulldogs just their second tie of the season.
Bradley came up huge for the Beacons, with at least a half-dozen of her 31 saves coming on 1-on-1 opportunities. The senior also got some help from the pipes behind her, as the Bulldogs hit two posts and then the crossbar, and had a third-period goal wiped off due to a high-stick.
Alyssa Sullivan (Medford, Mass.) and Angela Dandreo (Swampscott, Mass.) each scored within the first 17:04 of the first, to temporarily stun Adrian, who still ranks as one of three unbeaten teams left amongst Division III women's hockey teams.
Dandreo added five blocked shots to lead a Beacons side that finished with 18 on the afternoon.
Adrian sophomore Kaylyn Schroka responded back for the Bulldogs with a goal in both the second and third periods, to help Adrian wrap up the first semester 7-0-2. Netminder Jade Walsh stayed unbeaten by making 31 saves on 33 shots.
The first-ever meeting between the two programs was extremely even, as the two teams tied in shots 33-33 and Adrian held a slim 32-27 advantage in face-offs.
UMass Boston opened the game with a goal just 1:18 into the contest off of a 2-on-1 rush. Sara Alonardo's (Wilmington, Mass.) initial shot was stopped by Walsh, but Sullivan scooped up the rebound and sent a back-hand shot off of Walsh's shoulder and into the net, for a 1-0 lead.
After a big penalty kill kept their momentum going, UMass Boston struck for a second goal at 17:04. The Beacons once again took advantage of a rebound, as Jane Morrisette's (Pembroke, Mass.) shot was deflected outside the crease, where Dandreo skated in and blasted a left-handed shot through six players in front of Walsh, and into the back of the net. Morrisette and sophomore Kristen Embrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) each were credited with assists on the play.
Schroka cut the Beacons' lead in half 3:32 into the second period, when the sophomore took a pass from Courtney Millar from behind the net, and roofed home a back-hand shot to make it 2-1 in favor of the hosts.
Adrian kept knocking on the doorstep throughout the period, as they amassed 15 shots, but Bradley stood up to the task, with 14 of her 31 saves coming in the period.
The Bulldogs second goal followed a similar script to their first, as Schroka took a pass from behind the net, this time from Hannah McGowan, and Schroka tapped it past Bradley's outstretched pads.
The visitors continued to press for the all-important third goal over the final 17 minutes of the third period, but their fourth-ranked offense couldn't beat the Beacons penalty-killers. After the Beacons were called for a penalty with 1:55 to go in the period, the Beacons easily killed off their third penalty of the day, holding Adrian's 38.2 percent power-play to an 0-for-3 day.
Both teams created great chances in the overtime session, but both of Samantha Fallon's (Pembroke, Mass.) chances were snuffed out by Walsh, and Bradley made a huge save on McGowan late in the overtime session.
UMass Boston will return to action after the New Year, as the Beacons will host SUNY Canton January 3 at 1 p.m. in the first round of the 8th Annual Codfish Bowl.