MIDDLETOWN, R.I.—Behind a 16-save shutout from Alyssa DePippo (Pittsburgh, Pa.), UMass Boston women's hockey completed the season-sweep of Salve Regina University.
UMass Boston 3, Salve Regina 0
(UMass Boston 11-4-0, NEHC 6-2-0)
(Salve Regina 0-12-1, NEHC 0-6-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a scoreless first period, Alli Bianchini (Sterling Heights, Mich.) broke the deadlock 3:35 into the second and that would be all the offense DePippo would need
The sophomore earned her second collegiate shutout in five starts and first this season. DePippo, who had not played since November 18 against Salve Regina, stopped eight shots in the second to hold onto the lead and improved to 5-0-0 in five career starts.
Emily Harris (Littleton, Colo.) and Nolan were credited with assists in the win for the Beacons.
Salve Regina goaltender Jennifer O'Connell made 38 saves on 40 shots to drop her eight-straight start and 12th overall.
UMass Boston dominated the first stanza but couldn't take advantage of their 14-4 shot advantage. The Beacons went on the man advantage five times in the period, including a mini 5-on-3 at one point, but couldn't capitalize.
Bianchini gave UMass Boston the lead at 3:35 of the second right after the Beacons killed off their first penalty of the game. Bianchini collected a loose puck inside her own zone and carried the puck along the far side, before sending a low shot towards the crease. The shot deflected off the skate of a defenseman in front and bounced over O'Connell's pads for a 1-0 advantage.
Beauregard doubled the Beacons lead at 16:47 of the second, with the goal coming right after a Beacons power play. Harris kept the puck in the zone on an attempted clear and sent it towards the net where Nolan deflected it to the far circle. Beauregard collected the puck and rifled a wrist shot from the far circle into the top netting for a 2-0 lead.
Nolan made it 3-0 with just 31 seconds left. Senior Kristen Embrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) forced a turnover in the circle and Nolan picked up the loose puck and had her first shot blocked by a defender, before collecting the rebound and shooting it into the empty net.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the Seahawks 41-16 and put up more shots in the third period (19) than Salve Regina had for the game.
- The Beacons finished 0-for-9 on the power play, while holding Salve Regina to an 0-for-2 showing.
- UMass Boston earned their third-straight win over Salve Regina and 15th overall (15-12).
- With the win, UMass Boston earned their third weekend conference sweep of the year. The Beacons currently sit tied for second (12 points) with Manhattanville College amonst Division III teams, just two points behind New England Hockey Conference Division III leader Norwich University (14 points).
UMass Boston will host Nichols College on Friday night at 4 p.m., before traveling to Norwich University Saturday in a NEHC Championship Game rematch.