Mass. College Hockey: Franklin Pierce Tops Nichols College Women’s Hockey
Courtesy of our friends from the Nichols College sports information department, here is this evening’s press release from the Bison’s women’s ice hockey contest this evening against Franklin Pierce. The Cardinals had seven different skaters record a point in their fifth win of the season. Here’s the release:
BURRILLVILLE, R.I. – Seven different skaters recorded a point as Franklin Pierce defeated host Nichols, 3-1, in a non-conference women’s ice hockey contest on Tuesday night at Levy Rink. With the win, Franklin Pierce (5-10-0) snapped a four-game skid while the Bison dip to 3-14-0.
Freshman Michaela Faia (Malden, Mass.) took advantage of a power-play at 6:58 in the first with a point-blank one-timer with help from classmates Karsyn Baker (Detroit, Mich.) and Colleen Doucette (Wakefield, Mass.). The Bison outshot the visitors 10-6 as each team had one opportunity with extra personnel.
Just 1:50 into the second frame, Franklin Pierce was awarded a penalty shot on a tripping infraction. Freshman Bryana Harron (Woburn, Mass.) converted the chance as she beat the Nichols netminder on the blocker side. The Bison later used a power play to bring the game within a goal. Junior Megan Gerein (Dubuque, Iowa) threaded traffic off helpers from sophomores Tawny Buelow (Willow Grove, Pa.) and Grace Murphy (Montclair, Va.) at 14:37. Just under three minutes later, freshman Nicole Palermo (Warwick, R.I.) extended the Franklin Pierce lead shortly after a faceoff. Junior Jamie Wiley (Cape Vincent, N.Y.) and freshman Francesca Paciello (Clinton, N.Y.) each received credit on the play. Franklin Pierce claimed a 10-3 advantage in the shot column and had five power play chances in the frame while Nichols went 1–for-3.
The hosts took nine of the 12 shots in the third and came up empty on a pair of power play chances as the Ravens went 0-for-1.
Overall, Nichols finished with a 22-19 edge in the shot column and both teams converted power play.
Raven junior backstop Amela Gray (Bozeman, Mont.) turned away a game-high 21 shots as she improved to 5-9-0 on the season. First-year Nia Kelly (Cary, N.C.) made 16 stops for the Bison as she slipped to 3-7-0.
Nichols hits the road this weekend for a pair of ECAC Women’s East games. The squad tangles with UMass Boston on Friday at 4:00 p.m. and takes on St. Anselm on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Franklin Pierce travels to Sacred Heart for a 7:00 p.m. contest on Friday.