BURLINGTON, Vt. – A Samantha Fallon (Pembroke, Mass.) goal at the 10:15 mark of the 2nd period, proved to be the deciding tally as women's ice hockey capped off a four-point ECAC East weekend with a 2-1 win over St. Michael's College Saturday afternoon at Cairns Arena.
The junior's game-winning goal came after she fired a shot off the inside post after she picked-up the loose puck off the boards. She would then take two strides towards goal, before locating the spot she wanted. The score capped off a three-goal weekend for the junior, who scored a pair in yesterday's 12-1 rout of New England College in the Beacons Ice Arena.
Senior Alyssa Sullivan (Medford, Mass.) would set-up the Beacons (8-4-4, 5-1-2 ECAC East) first goal of the afternoon, when she found sophomore Kristen Embrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) in front of the goal unmarked. Embrey would then fire the puck at netminder Tina Frasca. Unable to make the complete stop, the puck managed to slide in just barely crossing the line.
Now sitting with a two-goal lead, the Beacons defense continued their strong play, as they limited the Purple Knights' (2-12-0, 1-7-0 ECAC East) offense to just three shots in the first, and four in the second. However, a the fourth and final shot of the period for St. Michael's made things much more interesting, as they were able to score a power-play goal to make it a one score affair.
Carolyn Avery recorded her first goal of the year as she beat Kailyn Burke (Franklin, Mass.) glove side to make it 2-1 with less than five to play in the second stanza. After the final break, the Beacons defense, dominated play as they held St. Michael's to just two shots. On the other side of the ice the Beacons fired-off seven shots, all of which were stopped by Frasca.
St. Michael's nearly got the contest off to an interesting start as they had a solid chance on their first shot of the opening period. Luckily, Burke was able to make a blocker save to keep the score tied at 0-0.
On the day, the Beacons outshot the Purple Knights 27-9 to bring their weekend total to a combined 87 shots on goal. They would also finish the weekend with 14 goals, while limiting their opponents to just two, with both wins going to Burke (5-2-1).
The Beacons return to action on Friday when they host Salve Regina University at 4 p.m. in the Beacons Ice Arena.