Pilgrims Sail Past Huskies
New England College women’s ice hockey would net four goals in both the first and second period on their way to a 10-2 win over the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies Saturday evening. The win snaps a three game losing streak for the Pilgrims improving them to 13-10-1 overall and 10-8-1 in ECAC East action. The loss drops the Huskies to 7-17-1 overall and 7-11-1 in the ECAC East.
The Pilgrims would take advantage of an early power-play opportunity as junior Sarah Tracey (Aurora, Ontario) would net her 15th goal of the season assisted by Danielle Taylor (Bridgewater, Mass.) and Emily Tanguay (Manchester, N.H.) just 1:27 into the game. Southern Maine would answer quickly as Kelly Connors (Topsfield, Mass.) would score her eighth goal of the season assisted by Lindsay Herzog (Hightstown, N.J.) at the 4:05 mark tying game at 1-1. NEC’s Liz Ross (W. Hartford, Conn.) would put the Pilgrims back on top just seconds later and the Pilgrims would score two goals in the final five minutes of the period to head into the first intermission up 4-1.
The Pilgrims would continue to control much of the offense in the second period as NEC would tack on four unanswered goals, including two from NEC’s leading scorer Sarah Graham (Brampton, Ontario,) heading into the third period with the 8-1 advantage.
Southern Maine’s Megan Irving (Cumberland, Maine) would score her sixth goal of the season at the 12:54 mark in the third period to make it an 8-2 game. The Pilgrims would answer scoring two goals in the final seven minutes of regulation to capture the 10-2 victory.
Leading the way for NEC was Sarah Graham and Sarah Tracey who each scored two goals and picked up an assist. NEC’s Liz Ross and Rachel White each finished with a goal and two assists for the Pilgrims.
Picking up the win in goal for the Pilgrims was Mary Roux (Auburn, Mass.) who finished with 13 saves in two periods of work. Splitting time in goal for Southern Maine was Emily Barrett (Westport, Mass.) who finished with 16 saves and Allison Woods (Clinton, Maine) who stopped 14 Pilgrim shots.