GORHAM, Maine -- The visiting University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons overcame an early two-goal deficit scoring four unanswered goals to post a 4-2 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a New England Hockey Conference women's game Friday at the USM Ice Arena.
The win was the second straight for the Beacons, lifting them to the .500 mark overall at 2-2, and 2-1 in NEHC play. The Huskies slip to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the league.
USM took a 2-0 in the opening three minutes of the game as junior Jensen Hamblett (Colchester, Vt.) scored 11 seconds into the game, and classmate Julia Ormsby (Barre, Vt.) fired home an unassisted marker at 2:42. Hamblett's goal eclipsed the USM record for fastest goal at the start of a game by three seconds. The previous mark was 14 seconds set on November 15, 2002, by Audra Hill against New England College.
UMB began its comeback in the latter stages of the period when senior Alli Bianchini (Sterling Heights, Mich.) took advantage of a USM defensive zone turnover for an unassisted goal at 16:44. A power-play goal by junior Emily Harris (Littleton, Colo.) at 18:12 tied the game.
Sophomore Rachel Peacock (Billerica, Mass.) got what proved to be the game-winning goal at 5:58 of the middle period. A centering pass from the left-wing side hit Peacock's skate and slid into the open side of the net.
The Beacons added an insurance goal in the final minute as rookie Sarah King (Wilmington, Mass.) tipped a shot from senior Maren Brown (Brainerd, Minn.) past USM sophomore goalie Whitney Padgett (Eden Prairie, Minn.).
After surrendering two goals on the first three shots she saw, UMB junior goalie Alyssa DePippo (Pittsburgh, Penn.) settled down to finish with 12 saves. Padgett was busy throughout the game stopping 37 shots. UMB complied a 41-14 advantage in shots on goal during the game.
Southern Maine is back in action Saturday afternoon (1:00 p.m.) hosting Salve Regina University in an NEHC game. UMass Boston will play at the University of New England on Saturday (4:00 p.m.).