BOSTON – Junior forward Bridget Sherman of the Wesleyan University women's ice hockey team found the back of the net for the first time this season on Saturday afternoon, but junior Edy Moritz finished with a goal and an assist for UMass-Boston, as the Beacons claimed a 3-1 win during the first round of the 11th annual Codfish Bowl Invitational in Boston, Mass.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Sophomore goalie Sam Smith (1-1-0) was strong in net again for the Cardinals (2-2-0), turning away 37 of 40 shots. The Tarentum, Pa. native was in net for the Cardinals' 5-2 home-opening win against Post on Saturday, Nov. 18.
- The Beacons (4-2-2) took control of the game early with a two-goal outburst in the span of one minute, 17 seconds during the opening period. On the first goal, junior Arielle Gallucci and freshman Jane Ann Drill did all the heavy lifting, which led to a scoring opportunity for sophomore Rachel Peacock, as the forward beat Smith at the 4:18 mark for the first tally of the game.
- Senior forward Katie Barry activated the goal light with the game winner at the 5:35 mark, with assists credited to Moritz and junior forward Kaitlin Parent.
- Wesleyan responded with a quick goal in the second period, as Sherman registered her fourth collegiate goal on assists by junior assistant captain Sarah Goss and junior forward Gina Mangiafridda. Mangiafridda and Goss have been on fire this season, with Goss leading the team in points (four) and assists (three), while Mangiafridda, who hails from Pelham, N.Y., leads the group with a pair of goals. Goss has tallied at least one point in three of four games this year, and Mangiafridda exploded with a two-goal performance during the win over Post.
- The Beacons regained their two-goal cushion with eight minutes left in the second on a power-play tally by Moritz, as sophomore forward Julia Nolan tallied her first assist of the afternoon.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Wesleyan continues to get impressive goaltending, as Smith currently boasts a .909 save percentage, and sophomore Allegra Grant (1-1-1) leads the team with an outstanding .953 save percentage, to go along with a 1.50 goals-against average.
- Goss, junior defensewoman Jackie Kilar and senior captain Alex Horton each posted three shots for the visitors, and Peacock led all players with eight shots on target.
- Senior goalie Rachel Myette (1-2-2) earned the win in net for UMass-Boston, saving 21 of 22 shots.
- The Beacons, who improved to 5-1 all time against the Cardinals, compiled a 1-for-6 showing on the power play, and Wesleyan went 0-for-3 on the advantage.
- The Cardinals will be back in action against Stevenson on Sunday at 1 p.m. during second-day action at the Codfish Bowl Invitational.