Nor' Easters Rally Past Women's Hockey

Nor' Easters Rally Past Women's Hockey

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- The University of New England scored three times in the third to defeat Becker College, 3-2, in a non-conference women's ice hockey game Saturday afternoon at the Harold Alfond Forum.

The Nor'easters conclude first-semester play with a mark of 5-6-1, while the Hawks are 3-8-1.

The Hawks had grabbed a 1-0 lead at 5:25 of the second when Michaela Martin (Sheldon, Vt.) got her body on a shot from the left point by Samantha Talmadge (Hamden, Conn.), and the puck caromed into the goal.

Trailing 1-0 heading into the final frame, UNE exploded for three goals over a span of 2:21 to earn the victory. Gabby Crugnale (Malden, Mass.) drew the Nor'easters even at the 6:39 mark, tipping in the puck from the top of the crease for her fifth goal of the year. Annie Mullen (Concord, N.H.) and Shannon Smith (Naperville, Ill.) assisted on the play.

The Nor'easters would grab the lead for good just nine seconds later when Tatum Gietl (Littleton, Colo.) potted a wrist shot from the edge of the right circle. Cassandra Connolly (Woburn, Mass.) tapped the puck ahead of Gietl to set-up the goal.

UNE added what would prove to be a much-needed insurance goal nine minutes into the frame when Mullen poked home a rebound from the left doorstep with her team on the power play. Kierra Wright (Georgia, Vt.) had gotten a piece of a shot by Smith, and the puck ended up hitting the pipe before Mullen swept it into the cage.

Bailey Coons notched a power-play goal at 12:25 to get the Hawks back to within one at 3-2. Coons roofed a wrister near post from the left circle for her third marker of the season. Elysabeth Jefferies (Lisbon Falls, Maine) and Rachel Pitcher (Grand Isle, Vt.) had assists.

Becker was unable to notch the equalizer over the final seven minutes.

Sydney Helmbrecht (Grand Rapids, Minn.) earned the win in goal with 13 saves for UNE, which built a commanding 40-15 advantage in shots. Her counterpart, Julia Johnson (Littleton, Colo.) racked up 37 saves for the Hawks, who are off until Jan. 6 when they host Chatham University.