PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Freshman Rachel Peacock (Billerica, Mass.) scored the game-winner with less than six minutes to play in the third period to give women's hockey their final non-conference win of the year, as they defeated Johnson and Wales University by the final of 3-2 Tuesday afternoon.
UMass Boston 3, Johnson & Wales University 2
UMass Boston (13-6-0)
Johnson & Wales (8-12-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Peacock's game-winner came when the freshman picked-up the loose puck out by the blue line. She would then rifle a shot past Johnson and Wales' Julia Aberg to give her team the much needed victory.
In the opening period, the Beacons quickly established their presence as they netted a pair in the first 10:56. Kristen Embrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) broke the scoreless draw at the 4:23 mark with Kat Armstrong (Kingston, Ont.) and Kaleigh Beauregard (Gaylord, Mich.) each getting credited with an assist.
Six minutes later it was Emily Harris (Littleton, Colo.) who found the back of the net to give the Beacons a 2-0 lead. Peacock picked-up an assist on the play to give the Billerica native her second two-point game of her college career.
After a scoreless second, in which freshman goaltender Chaislyn Burgio (Quincy, Mass.) made 14 saves to keep her lead intact, the Wildcats cut the deficit in half on a goal by Alexis Harle. One minute eight seconds later JWU evened the score at 2-2 with Molly Gray finding the back of the net.
The two teams would continue to battle for the lead, but luckily it was the Beacons who scored the crucial go-ahead goal.
Burgio registered her first career win with Tuesday's victory. The freshman netminder made 21 saves in the victory, while Aberg finished with 35 stops in the losing effort.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Tuesday's contest was the first-ever meeting between the two programs
- The Beacons outshot the Wildcats 16-2 in the first period and 8-7 in the third; the teams each recorded 14 saves in the second
- UMass Boston went 0-for-3 on the power play, while JWU finished 0-for-1
- The Beacons finished a combined 33-57 on the face-off dot
The Beacons will host Franklin Pierce University on Friday at 4 p.m.