BOSTON, Mass.—Arielle Gallucci's (Warren, N.J.) goal with less than six minutes remaining helped UMass Boston women's hockey earn a 1-1 tie against visiting Stevenson University on Thursday night at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
UMass Boston 1, Stevenson University 1 (OT)
(UMass Boston 4-7-4)
(Stevenson University 4-7-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Gallucci's goal neutralized Chelsea Blackburn's tally midway through the first period and helped the Beacons earn their second tie in their past three games.
The real story of the game was the terrific goaltending for both teams.
UMass Boston junior Alyssa DePippo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) posted a new career-high in saves for a second-straight game. DePippo stopped 42 of 43 shots, including all 18 she faced in the second period, to move to 3-0-2 on the year.
On the other side, Stevenson's Annie Smyth-Hammond stopped 37 of 38 shots to move to 1-3-3 on the year.
UMass Boston controlled play for the most of the first 15 minutes, but found themselves trailing after Blackburn's goal at 13:51.
The senior cut in from the near boards towards the slot and used a Beacons defenseman to screen the goalie. She wristed a shot that skipped off DePippo' stick and under her armpit for a 1-0 lead.
Stevenson mounted some late pressure but the Beacons were able to kill off a late penalty to keep the score at 1-0 after 20 minutes.
The visitors kept their momentum going into the second stanza. Cierra Siemasko created the first great chance of the period. Siemasko tipped a shot from the point off the near post, but it bounced down and DePippo was able to fall back on top of it.
DePippo had to be the Beacons' hero in the period, as Stevenson controlled most of the first 15 minutes.
The Mustangs pinned the Beacons back during back-to-back penalties, with DePippo forced to make several huge saves to keep Stevenson off the board.
UMass Boston finally turned the tide late in the period. Senior Alli Bianchini (Detroit, Mich.) nearly tied the game on a breakaway and the Beacons created several other good chances in the final five minutes of the period.
After a quiet start to the third, Bianchini created a chance out of nothing midway through the period. The senior whistled a shot off a defender that nearly fluttered inside the near post. Instead the puck caught the post and sat at the edge of the crease for several seconds, before the Mustangs cleared it away.
UMass Boston began to create more sustained pressure when the earned their first penalty of the game. After two good looks in the first 30 seconds, the Beacons went up two players for one minute and 27 seconds and were able to punish the Mustangs moments later.
Gallucci finally put the Beacons on the board with a "changeup" slapshot. The junior defenseman waited and waited at the blueline, before winding up for a slapshot. She didn't hit the shot fully and it slowly slid through the slot and through Smyth-Hammond's five-hole for a 1-1 game at 14:06.
Defensemen Bri Colucci (Lancaster, N.Y.) and Katie Jeter (Winthrop, Mass.) both had golden chances to give the Beacons the lead with under two minutes to go. Colucci's slapshot beat Smyth-Hammond but caught the post and Jeter's shot fooled the defense, but bounced right off the goalie's chest.
The Mustangs created by far their best chance of the period in the final 10 seconds of regulation. Monica Pozuc skated out wide on a 2-on-1 and dished across for Blackburn. Blackburn's one-time shot was denied by a highlight-reel diving stop by DePippo.
Stevenson dominated the final two-plus minutes of overtime, but the combination of DePippo and her teammates diving in front of pucks was enough to secure the tie. In the final 20 seconds alone, the Mustangs got off several looks, with the Beacons scrambling to hold on.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Stevenson outshot the Beacons 43-38, including a 9-1 edge in overtime.
- The Beacons went 1-for-3 on the power play, snapping an 0-for-15 streak on the power play. Stevenson was held to an 0-for-3 mark on the man-advantage.
- UMass Boston leads the all-time series against the Mustangs 3-1-1.
- In her last two starts, DePippo has made 75 saves on 78 shots.
The Beacons will look to upset #7/8 Middlebury College on Friday afternoon, when the two plays at the Barry at 4 p.m.