UMass Boston Blanks Southern Maine 3-0

Senior Erin Banfield keeps her eye on the puck.
Senior Erin Banfield keeps her eye on the puck.

(Courtesy of UMass Boston Sports Information)

            BOSTON - Three first-period goals and a 16-save performance from sophomore goalie Casey Schaejbe (Arlington, Mass.) earned the University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey (3-6-1) their second straight win as they defeated the Huskies of the University of Southern Maine (5-3-0) by the final of 3-0 Friday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.

            Friday's contest was a rare non-conference game between the two squads.  Within a five-minute window, the Beacons scored all three of their goals to take a 3-0 lead into the first intermission for the second straight game.

            Combined with some huge stops by Schaejbe in the second and third period, UMass picked up its first shutout of the season. One of the sophomore's biggest saves came with about five minutes left in the second when she denied rookie Ally Vanidestine's (Bangor, Maine) breakaway opportunity with a glove save.

            Breaking the scoreless draw about nine minutes into the opening frame was Jenny Currie (Chelmsford, Mass.).  The sophomore transfer redirected a pass from Alexa Cappione (Massena, N.Y.) that beat USM's goalie to the near post.  At the 11:02 mark it was Samantha Fallon (Pembroke, Mass.) finding the back of the net as she pushed in her team-leading fifth goal of the season off of an Angela Dandreo (Swampscott, Mass.) pass.

            The Beacons final goal of the day came with just over six minutes left in the period as Alyssa Sullivan (Medford, Mass.) tapped in a perfectly placed pass from Kayla Kiernan (North Smithfield, R.I.).  Kiernan brought the puck up on the far side and after making a great move around a defenseman laid it off for Sullivan who put the final touch on it to make it 3-0 Beacons.

            The loss marked the third straight for the Huskies after they opened the season with five straight wins in which they allowed just two goals.  Since then they have allowed 10 goals against, while only scoring three in return.  They have now been shutout in two straight games having dropped a 1-0 decision to Colby College last week.

            USM junior goalie Liz Bergstrom (Chanhassen, Minn.) made six saves while allowing all three Beacons goals.  Sophomore Nia Kelly (Cary, N.C.), making her first appearance for the Huskies, replaced Bergstrom following the third goal and made 16 saves without surrendering a goal over the final 46 minutes.

            Southern Maine returns home on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) to host Colby in a non-conference game.  UMass Boston is back in action tomorrow evening (7:30 p.m. ) when they travel to Trinity College (Conn.) for a non-conference game.