BOSTON, Mass.—Seniors Maren Brown (Brainerd, Minn.) and Lizzie Aveson (West Covina, Calif.) scored back-to-back goals within a 74-second span early in the third period, to lift #10 women's hockey past the University of Southern Maine.
#10 UMass Boston 4, Southern Maine 2
(UMass Boston 3-1, New England Hockey Conference 1-1)
(Southern Maine 0-3, New England Hockey Conference 0-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After Southern Maine tied the game at two late in the second, Brown and Aveson each scored in the opening 3:03 of the third period to help UMass Boston earn a win in their first-ever game at the newly named Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
Brown had a huge game in first her home game as captain, with a pair of goals, including the game-winner. Aveson tacked on a goal and an assist, while sophomore Kaleigh Beauregard (Gaylord, Mich.) was responsible for the other Beacons' goal.
Freshman defensemen Grace Fisher (Vienna, Va.) and Lizzy Saxer (Colorado Springs, Colo.) each were credited with their first collegiate points in the win. Fisher had two assists, while Saxer, Katie Jeter (Winthrop, Mass.), Kristen Embrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) Emily Harris (Littleton, Colo.) all picked up one assist apiece.
In net, Rachel Myette (Duxbury, Mass.) stopped 22 of 24 shots, including all six she faced in the third stanza.
Southern Maine senior forward Olivia Barragree scored the first two goals of the season for the Huskies, who had previously been shutout 2-0 in the first two games.
Junior goalie Courtney Davis made her season debut for the Huskies and stopped 34 of the 38 shots she faced.
After a scoreless first stanza, the two teams combined for four goals in the second.
Brown opened the scoring at 7:47 when she tipped home a Fisher shot from the point on the power-play.
Barragree answered back at 9:54, with an unassisted power-play goal.
The Beacons took the lead for a second-time at 16:14, when the Huskies were called for back-to-back penalties. Harris fed Beauregard who skated into the slot and fired past Davis just inside the far post.
Barragree responded once again for the Huskies at 18:54, when the senior batted home a deflection in front with a baseball swing just underneath the crossbar.
It was all UMass Boston in the third, as Brown beat Davis through the five-hole at 1:49 and Aveson snuck a puck just inside the near post while tumbling to the ice at 3:03.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the Huskies 38-24, including 12-6 in the final stanza.
- The two sides split the face-offs at 30-30. On the power-play, UMass Boston finished 2-for-10, while Southern Maine ended the day 1-for-7.
- Brown already has matched her previous career-high for goals in a single-season with three. Saturday's game marked her first collegiate two-goal game.
- UMass Boston improved to 18-6-1 all-time against the Huskies and stretched their unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1).
UMass Boston will host New England College on Friday night at 4 p.m. in another New England Hockey Conference contest.