PAWTUCKET, RI – Down two goals after 10 minutes of play to a UMass Boston team, who was ranked 10th nationally in the preseason, it could have been a long afternoon for the Johnson & Wales University women's ice hockey team. The Wildcats scored twice in the third period to tie the game but the Beacons got the go-ahead goal late to prevail 3-2 on Tuesday.
UMass Boston: 13-6
Johnson & Wales: 8-12-1
UMB: Chaisley Burgio: 21 saves, 2 goals
JWU: Julia Åberg: 35 saves, 3 goals
The Beacons got on the board just 4:23 into the game. Kristen Embrey put back the rebound of missed shots by Kat Armstrong and Kaleigh Beauregard. Halfway through the opening period, Emily Harris put UMB up 2-0 when she found the back of the net with her wrist shot from the right faceoff circle.
Johnson & Wales cut the lead in half six minutes into the final period. Julia Martinsson (Charlottenberg, Sweden) passed the puck to Alexis Harle (Calgary, Alberta) and she sniped it past Chaisley Burgio for her second goal in the last two games.
Molly Gray (Bozeman, Mont.) tied the game less than a minute later when Kathryn Mason's (Grafton, Mass.) shot deflected right to Gray in front of the goal and she shoveled it in to knot the game at 2-2.
The Beacons were able to regroup and with 5:13 left in the game, Rachel Peacock collected a loose puck in front of the net and got it past JWU goalie Julia Åberg (Stockholm, Sweden) for the game-winner. Åberg made 35 saves while Burgio only had to make 21 to collect her first collegiate victory. The Beacons had a 38-23 advantage in shots and neither team converted on the power play
The game was originally scheduled for January 7 but was postponed due to inclement weather.
The Wildcats are off until February 10-11 when they play host to SUNY Canton for a pair of Colonial Hockey Conference games.