BIDDEFORD, Maine -- After being held scoreless over the first two periods, 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 (Dec. 10) 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.
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 (SR/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 (JR/Concord, N.H.) and Shannon Smith (SR/Naperville, Ill.) assisted on the play.
The Nor'easters would grab the lead for good just nine seconds later when Tatum Gietl (FY/Littleton, Colo.) potted a wrist shot from the edge of the right circle. Cassandra Connolly (SR/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 (JR/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 (SO/Lisbon Falls, Maine) and Rachel Pitcher (SO/Grand Isle, Vt.) had assists.
Becker was unable to notch the equalizer over the final seven minutes.
The Hawks had grabbed a 1-0 lead at 5:25 of the second when Michaela Martin (SO/Sheldon, Vt.) got her body on a shot from the left point by Samantha Talmadge (FY/Hamden, Conn.), and the puck caromed into the goal.
Sydney Helmbrecht (SR/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 (SO/Littleton, Colo.) racked up 37 saves for the Hawks, who are off until Jan. 6 when they host Chatham University.
The Nor'easters have a month off before resuming action Jan. 10 when they play a midweek game versus Colby College.