BOSTON, Mass.—Despite a season-high 41 saves from Caty Flagg (Metheun, Mass.), UMass Boston women's hockey fell 5-0 Saturday afternoon to Williams College in the first game of the 13th Annual Codfish Bowl Tournament.
Williams College 5, UMass Boston 0
(UMass Boston 3-5-1)
(Williams College 3-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Williams scored three goals in a 3:07 span of the first period and recorded four special teams goals, to earn a win in their first-ever Codfish Bowl game.
With the result, UMass Boston will play the loser of Stevenson University and Bowdoin College on Sunday at Noon in the Consolation Game. The Ephs will play in the Championship Game at 3pm.
Flagg was stellar in her second career Codfish Bowl start. The senior netminder made 20 saves in the first period, before tacking on 14 in the second and seven more in the third period.
Amanda Reisman and Meghan Halloran paced the visitors with a goal and an assist apiece.
In net, senior Marissa Anderson made 15 saves in her first appearance of the season.
Williams jumped all over the Beacons in the first period, outshooting the hosts 23-1. The Ephs recorded six shots in the first 2:30 alone.
UMass Boston had their best chance of the period at 7:48. With the Beacons on a penalty-kill, Katie Leffler (Key Largo, Fla.) chipped the puck across to Kelsey Ryan (Burlington, Mass.) on a 2-on-1, but Ryan's quick wrister bounced in and out of Anderson's glove and the senior was able to corral the loose puck.
The Ephs made the Beacons pay just over a minute later. Freshman Paige Galle took a pass from Michaela O'Connor along the far boards, skated the puck down to the circle and then sent a wrister just inside the far post for a 1-0 lead at 8:49.
With the teams back to even strength, Williams made it a 2-0 game just 15 seconds later. Maddie Tix won a face-off and Reisman tipped the puck over to Halloran, who fired a quick slap shot past Flagg at 9:04.
Williams closed out their scoring flurry at 11:56. Reisman skated from the near boards through the slot and then fired a shot back inside the near post for a 3-0 lead.
UMass Boston picked up their play to start the second period and played a much more even final 40 minutes.
The Beacons best chance of the period came on another penalty kill. The Ephs accidentally cleared the puck to their own blue line where Hannah MacDougall (South Dartmouth, Mass.) was waiting. The freshman skated in a one-on-one with Anderson, but her shot was denied by a toe-save.
UMass Boston added one more final golden chance to start the third period. With the Beacons starting down the period down a player, UMass Boston gained the zone and Ryan had a great chance right in front, but her shot was denied by Anderson's shoulder.
Less than 30 seconds later, Brynn Puppe blasted in a power-play goal past Flagg just inside the near post.
The Ephs closed out the scoring at 6:21 of the period, when Delaney Szelzyngier scored a 4-on-4 goal.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Williams outshot the Beacons 46-15 and held a 31-24 edge in face-offs.
- Flagg's 41 saves just edged out her 39-save performance against Plymouth State from last Friday. The senior stopped 45 shots last season against Middlebury College.
- The two teams are now tied 1-1 overall. UMass Boston won the first meeting 2-0 in 2011.
- Williams finished the game 3-7 on the power-play, while the Beacons finished 0-5.
- UMass Boston will be playing in the Codfish Bowl Consolation Game for the third time.
- Leffler went 7-11 in the face-off dot, while Jenessa Hernandez (Chicago, Ill.) led the team with nine face-off wins.
UMass Boston will take on the loser of Bowdoin College and Stevenson University in Sunday's Consolation Game (Noon).