Sollows, Branovan score goals for Panthers
BOSTON – Eight different players found the back of the net Saturday evening as the University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey team defeated ECAC East opponent Plymouth State University, 9-2, in the Beacons Ice Arena.
The Beacons continue one of their best starts in program history as they improve to 4-0-0, 2-0-0 in the ECAC East. The Panthers, who got goals from senior Cortney Sollows (West Barnstable, Mass.) and sophomore Haley Branovan (Wexford, Pa.), fell to 1-2-1 overall and 1-1-0 in the conference.
The Beacons got on the board early in the first period when Angela Dandreo (Swampscott, Mass.) connected on her first goal of the year at 3:32. In the 13th minute transfer Sara Alonardo (Wilmington, Mass.) recorded her third score of the season to give UMass Boston a 2-0 lead going into the first intermission.
Samantha Fallon (Pembroke, Mass.) pushed UMass' lead to three with her first marker of her junior season. The Panthers ended the Beacons shutout bid at the 7:53 mark of the second period on a power-play goal by Sollows.
UMass would respond just over two minutes later when Jane Morrisette fired home a power-play goal of her own to make it 4-1 Beacons. Kayla Smith (Woburn, Mass.) added to the Beacons lead less than two minutes later with her first goal, making it 4-1 with less than nine to play in the second.
Plymouth State notched its final goal of the contest 36 seconds after Smith's with Branovan scoring at 11:51.
The Beacons unloaded four goals in a 14-minute span to cruise to cap-off a 15-goal weekend. Alonardo scored her second goal of the contest to lead the flurry. Alexandra Karlis (Parker, Colo.) added her first marker of the year, while Alyssa Sullivan (Medford, Mass.) and Emily Howard (Terryville, Conn.) each recorded unassisted power-play goals.
Senior netminder Kailyn Burke (Franklin, Mass.) earned her second win of the year after registering 10 saves. Junior Alyssa Altschuler (Cheshire, Conn.), was handed the loss after totaling 23 of the team's 40 saves. Freshman Mariah Trupp (Topeka, Kansas) closed out the contest for the Panthers.
Both teams continue ECAC East conference action next Friday, with PSU traveling to the University of New England and UMB visiting Nichols College.
(Courtesy of UMass Boston Sports Information)
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