BOSTON, Mass. – With a goal and an assist from Erica Lunn (Kingston, Mass.), the ninth ranked women's hockey team collected their first four-game win-streak since 2014 as they went on to defeat Salve Regina University by the final of 4-2 Friday evening at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
#9 UMass Boston 4, Salve Regina University 2
UMass Boston (6-1-0, 4-1-0 New England Hockey Conference)
Salve Regina (0-6-1, 0-4-1 New England Hockey Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
From start to finish, the Beacons dominated Friday's contest. The Beacons got their first goal of the afternoon off of the stick of Lunn, who tapped in a loose puck in front of the Salve Regina goal. The goal, which was scored on the power-play, marked the first career tally for the freshman forward.
Salve Regina nearly tied the game at 1-1 in the closing minutes of the opening frame with a break away, but sophomore netminder Alyssa DePippo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made the huge stop to keep her team's lead intact.
For the Beacons second goal of the night, UMass caught Salve's defense sleeping as Kat Armstrong (Kingston, Ont.) found a wide-open Maren Brown (Brainerd, Minn.), who scored a breakaway goal of her own, shorthanded, to make it 2-0 UMB through the first two periods.
In the third period, Lizzie Aveson (West Covina, Calif.) got in on the action as she scored a snipe from the point to make it 3-0 Beacons. Up to that point everything seemed to be going the Beacons way, until Salve Regina was able to end the shutout bid on a backhander by Amanda Cronin at the 10:31 mark.
The Beacons fourth goal of the contest came when Alli Bianchini (Sterling Heights, Mich.) came charging in to knock in the loose puck to secure the win for UMB. Cronin would have the final tally of the night, but by then it was too little too late for the Seahawks.
DePippo's night consisted of 17 saves as the sophomore earned her third win of the year, and the fourth of her career. Jennifer O'Connell made an impressive 45 saves as she was handed another tough loss, as the Seahawks lone goaltender.
BY THE NUMBERS
- On the night UMass Boston outshot the Seahawks 49-19
- The Seahawks won the face-off battle as they edged out the Beacons 26-23 on 49 attempts
- The Beacons now have two shorthanded goals on the year
- DePippo is now 3-0-0 and has a save percentage of .925
- The Beacons are now 15-12-1 all-time against Salve Regina
UMass will face Castleton University tomorrow at 1 p.m.