Southern Maine Falls to UMass Boston in Overtime 4-3

F Shannon Colbert
F Shannon Colbert

(Courtesy of UMass Boston Sports Information)

Southern Maine Falls to UMass Boston in Overtime 4-3

            BOSTON -- A short-handed breakaway goal by Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.) with 1:14 remaining in the overtime period pushed the University of Massachusetts Boston women's hockey to a 4-3, come-from-behind New England Hockey Conference win over the University of Southern Maine Friday afternoon at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.

            With the Huskies on the power play following a tripping penalty, UMass Boston was able to force a counter attack thanks to a solid defensive stop.  Kaleigh Beauregard (Gaylord, Mich.) would collect the loose puck on the turnover and hit a speeding Morrisette.  The senior forward collected the pass in stride and went one-on-one with USM's Whitney Padgett (Eden Prairie, Minn.).  Morrisette went to her backhand and knocked in the game-winning goal to give the Beacons another two points in the conference standings.

            However, before Morrisette could score the game-winning goal, the Beacons were in desperate need for a tying goal.  Trailing 3-2 with just 14 ticks left in regulation, the Beacons, who were on the power play with the goaltender out, scored the equalizer on a perfect bang-bang play.

            Morrisette would first find Beauregard wide open to the right of the goal.  Beauregard would then send a pass across the crease to a wide-open Edy Moritz (Guilford, Conn.), who just tapped the puck in to force the overtime period.

            In the opening period, the Huskies would score an early go-head goal with Julia Ormsby (Barre, Vt.) finding the back of the net.  Six minutes later, senior Katie Barry (Abington, Mass.) gave UMB their first of two power-play goals to even the score at one goal apiece.  Unfortunately, that tie was short-lived as the Huskies regained the lead less than 20 seconds later on an unassisted marker from Katie Nolan (Dorchester, Mass.).

            The Huskies pushed their lead two goals in the second period, after Rylie Binette (Milan, N.H.) scored a breakaway goal at the 12:01 mark.  Just seconds after the Beacons finished a power play, Jill Hannigan (Portland, Maine) found her teammate wide open on the other side of the ice.  She sent a perfect pass from blue line to blue line to give Binette the uncontested opportunity, which she converted.

            UMB would tally the final goal in the second period, with Bri Colucci (Lancaster, N.Y.) scoring on the power play to make it a one-goal affair right before the second intermission.  The defenseman would tap in the puck after Padgett stopped multiple shots.

            The third period, very much like the second was dominated by the Beacons offense, but Padgett held UMB to just a goal in each of the final two periods. On the night, she made a total 48 saves in the conference loss.  Alyssa DePippo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made 11 saves for the Beacons to remain unbeaten on the year (6-0-2).

            Southern Maine dropped to 7-14-1 overall and 3-7-1 in NEHC play.  UMB improves to 8-10-4 overall and 7-2-2 in conference play.

            USM heads to Salve Regina University Saturday night (7:00 p.m.) while UMB hosts the University of New England.