No. 10 Endicott sneaks past Nichols, 3-1

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HARRISVILLE, R.I. – Freshman Mel McAleer scored her third goal of the season in Nichols College's 3-1 loss to No. 10 Endicott College in Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC) action Saturday night at Levy Rink.
 
The Gulls outshot the Bison 16-8 in the opening period but were unable to get one past Bison junior netminder Cassandra Goyette. Endicott junior Rachel Lustenring nearly broke the scoreless tie midway through the second when she rang one off the right post from the slot. Minutes later, NC junior Kelly Ferreira had a shot from in close that was turned aside by junior goalie Vendela Jonsson.
 
Late in the second period, the Gulls took advantage of a Nichols miscue to grab a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Jade Meier skated into the zone with the puck, but it rolled off her stick and Goyette attempted to cover it. The puck slipped out from underneath her glove and sophomore Jillian Gibbs banged it into an empty net.
 
McAleer's third of the season at 4:48 of the third period tied the score at one. Ferreira slid the puck from her own end up to McAleer, who skated down the right wing boards through the neutral zone and into the offensive end. She pulled up near the goal line, then spun and flung the puck towards the net and it found its way in between the skate of Jonsson and the right post.
 
Meier's second goal of the season on the power-play late in the third proved to be the game-winner for the Gulls as her shot from the right circle got past Goyette at 16:18. Her second of the game came just over two minutes later from the left circle.
 
Goyette finished the evening with 39 saves while Jonsson recorded 16 saves. The Gulls held a 42-17 edge in short.
 
All-Time Series
Tonight's contest was the fifth all-time meeting between Nichols College and Endicott College. With the win, the Gulls now lead the series, 4-1-0.
 
Next up
Nichols (2-4-0, 2-4-0 CHC) – Saturday, December 2 @ New England Col., 1:00 p.m.
Endicott (6-0-1, 5-0-1 CHC) – Saturday, November 25 vs Stevenson, 4:00 p.m. (Boston, Mass.)

No contests today.
No contests today.
No contests today.