EAST BOSTON, Mass. – A pair of Kelsey Ryan (Burlington, Mass.) goals lifted the seventh-seeded women's hockey team to a 2-1 win over second-seeded Suffolk University Saturday evening at Porrazzo Rink in the quarterfinal round of the 2019 New England Hockey Conference Tournament.
#7 UMass Boston 2, #2 Suffolk University 1
UMass Boston (10-14-2)
Suffolk University (15-9-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With Saturday's huge upset over the Rams, the Beacons advance to the semi-final round of the NEHC Tournament for the fourth straight year.
All three goals came in a span of four minutes in the first period. Ryan ended the scoreless draw on an unassisted goal at the 9:28 mark of the opening stanza. Ryan netted the than go-ahead goal on the power-play, following a too many players on the ice call against Suffolk.
Less than two minutes later, Tess Adams evened the score at 1-1 on a power-play goal for the Rams, with Madison Duff assisting on the play.
Two-minutes nine seconds later it was Ryan again who scored the game-winner on a Katie Leffler (Key Largo, Fla.) assist.
With the one goal advantage, the Beacons defense led by junior netminder Caty Flagg (Methuen, Mass.) completely neutralized the Rams offense. After being held to just two shots in the first period, the Rams were then limited to 19 shots over the final 40 minutes to play, and were held scoreless on a combined five power-play opportunities.
Kristen Caporusso was handed the loss in her final appearance of the 2018-19 campaign. The goaltender made 25 stops as she fell to 15-8-2 on the year.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Saturday's contest marked the first time that UMB and Suffolk faced each other in the NEHC Tournament
- All-time the Beacons now lead the Rams 1-0-0 in the conference tournament
- UMass Boston is now 1-1-1 all-time against the Rams, who are in their first year as a varsity program
- Flagg improved to 3-5-1 with the win and made 20 saves, including 11 in the second
- UMas Boston has now won at least one playoff game in seven-straight seasons
- The Beacons were 1-for-3 on the power-play, while Suffolk finished 1-for-6
The Beacons will travel to top-seeded Norwich University next Saturday for a 3 p.m. semi-final round game. The contest is a rematch of last year's NEHC Championship Game.