BOSTON, Mass. – A pair of first period goals and a shorthanded tally by Casey Adimey (Buffalo, N.Y.) in the second carried women's hockey to a 3-0 New England Hockey Conference win over Salem State University Saturday afternoon at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
UMass Boston 3, Salem State University 0
UMass Boston (8-11-2, 5-6-2 New England Hockey Conference)
Salem State University (6-11-3, 3-8-2 New England Hockey Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Needing the win to stay in the hunt for home ice during the conference tournament, women's hockey played their best overall game of 2019 so far.
The Beacons got on the board early thanks to a power-play goal at Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.) who fired in the puck right in front of the blue line. The shot would deflect off the bottom of the cross bar and off the back of Isabelle Woodward to give the Beacons an early 1-0 lead.
Just over seven minutes later Jenessa Hernandez (Chicago, Ill.) scored her first collegiate goal on a perfectly placed shot to the upper near post. Katie Leffler (Key Largo, Fla.), found Hernandez wide open on the far side of the ice. Hernandez saw the open lane, and fired the puck home to give her, her first career point as a Beacon.
The Beacons dominated play offensive as they outshot the Vikings 10-4. In the second, the Beacons would continue the offensive pressure. On their first penalty kill of the afternoon, UMass got their first shorthanded goal of the season.
Morrisette found Adimey on a great counter attack, just moments into the Salem State power-play. The senior forward hit her teammate on a perfect cross ice pass. The freshman defenseman then hit a perfect one-timer that Woodward had no chance to save.
After the goal, the Vikings turned to Sarah Plourde to close out the game between the pipes. Plourde played solid in goal, but was faced with constant pressure from an energetic Beacons squad. Kaleigh Beauregard (Gaylord, Mich.) nearly made it a four goal lead on a hard one-timer of her own that rattled the post.
BY THE NUMBERS
- All-time the Beacons are now 2-0-0 against Salem State
- The Beacons outshot Salem State 37-12
- UMB was 1-for-5 on the power-play, while Salem State finished 0-for-2
- Adimey also assisted on Morrisette's goal to cap-off a two point day
- Alyssa DePippo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made 12 saves to earn her first shutout since her sophomore season
The Beacons will travel to Connecticut College on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. non-conference game.