|University of Southern Maine||UMass Boston|
BOSTON — The University of Massachusetts Boston scored twice in the opening 3:03 of the third period to snap a 2-2 tie and went on to defeat the University of Southern Maine 4-2 in a New England Hockey Conference women’s game Saturday afternoon at the Edward T. Berry Ice Rink.
The win was the third in four games for the Beacons who improve to 3-1-0 overall and 1-1-0 in the league. The Huskies dropped their third straight game to slide to 0-3-0 overall and 0-2-0 in league play.
Deadlocked at 2-2 after 40 minutes, the Beacons struck quickly in the third period to take the lead for good. Junior Maren Brown scored her second goal of the game, and third of the season, at 1:49 off assists from senior Kristen Embrey and rookie Grace Fisher to give the Beacons a 3-2 advantage.
Seventy-four seconds later, senior Lizzie Aveson scored her second goal of the season, converting from junior Katie Jeter and rookie Lizzy Saxer, to make it 4-2.
USM junior goalie Courtney Davis, making her first start of the season, kept the Huskies in the game in the opening period stopping everything the Beacons shot at her. Davis stopped 15 shots to keep the game scoreless.
In the middle period, Brown tallied her first goal of the game while the Beacons enjoyed a power play, assisted by Fisher and Aveson, to make it 1-0 at 7:47. Just seconds after Brown scored, the Huskies would go on the power play and senior Olivia Barragree equalized by tallying her team’s first goal of the season, unassisted, at 9:54.
The tie lasted until sophomore Kaleigh Beauregard scored her second goal of the season, also on a power play, at 16:14. Barragree again came to the Huskies rescue notching her second goal of the game at 18:54. Senior Ally Vanidestine and sophomore Jensen Hamblett picked up the assists. The two-goal game was the first of Barragree’s career at USM.
Junior Rachel Myette picked up the win in goal for the Beacons stopping 22 shots. Davis finished the game with 34 saves. The Beacons converted on 2 of 9 power plays while the Huskies were 1 for 7 with the extra skater.