Kendrick Nets First Career Goal in Loss at UMass Boston

Kendrick Nets First Career Goal in Loss at UMass Boston

BOSTON, Mass. - Stevenson women's ice hockey freshman Nikki Kendrick netted her first career goal while also dished out on assist as the Mustangs dropped their season opener, 5-2, in non-conference action versus UMass Boston at Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.

  • The host Beacons (1-0) needed just 1:21 to find the back of the net as Emily Harris scored an unassisted goal after taking the puck from behind the net and scoring to the far post after shooting off a Stevenson defenders skate.
  • Freshman Ally Gibson recorded the first of two Mustang shots in the opening period but both were saved by Alyssa DePippo.
  • Stevenson (0-1) was whistled for the first penalty of the game and UMass Boston wasted no time, scoring a power play goal 16 seconds into the player advantage as Jane Morrisette fired a shot from just inside the blue line.
  • Morrisette added her second of the night to give the hosts a 3-0 lead at 11:16 after carrying the puck down the left side and scoring on her own rebound attempt.
  • The Mustangs had three consecutive power play opportunities over a five-minute span but recorded just one shot on net. Sophomore Casey Storck kept the puck in the offensive zone before senior Kellen Wittman sent a cross ice pass to Kendrick who fired the shot.
  • With 13.8 seconds remaining in the period, Stevenson was called for its second penalty of the period that would carry over into the second period.

  • After three straight saves by sophomore Annika Carlander, the Beacons converted on the power play as Rachel Peacock scored on a rebound off a shot from the point by Arielle Gallucci.
  • Just 23 seconds after the power play ended, the Becaons went back on the player advantage by senior Caitie Darosa stopped both shots on net.
  • The Beacons went on their fourth power play before senior Maddy Ricci drew a penalty for four-on-four with 6:54 left in the period. Ricci blocked a shot from the point before racing down the left side before getting tripped.
  • After the Stevenson penalty expired, the Mustangs had 44 seconds on the power play but it was the Beacons who had the offense. Darosa made a save on a wrap-around attempt before stopping a breakaway.
  • The Mustangs had a two-on-one with under four minutes to play by DePippo made a pair of saves, including a rebound attempt in front by Kendrick.
  • With 2:45 remaining in the period, the Mustangs went on a five-on-three for a full two minutes and recorded five shots on net but all five were knocked away by DePippo, including a kick save that went across the crease on a shot from the point by junior Carly McGee as the power play expired.

  • The Beacons went on the power play just 2:08 into the third period after the fifth penalty by Stevenson. But once again Ricci drew a penalty to force four-on-four action for 35 seconds. UMass Boston had the lone shot on the 1:25 of the Mustangs power play.
  • Kendrick carried the puck up the right side and fired a shot after crossing into the offensive zone with the shot getting tipped off the stick of DePippo and into the back of the net with 54 seconds remaining on the power play. Storck and senior Allie Sabatini were credited with the assists.
  • A little over two minutes later, the Beacons sent a backhanded centering pass that was tipped down towards Darosa with the puck bouncing out in front to an open Kaleigh Beauregard who tucked the puck into the net.
  • With 42 second remaining in regulation, the Mustangs forced a turnover in their offensive zone before Kendrick fired a shot on net before Wittman fired home the rebound attempt.

  • UMass Boston outshot Stevenson, 30-24, and won 40 of the 56 face-offs.
  • The Beacons improve to 1-4-1 in the series.
  • The 10 power play opportunities are tied for the second most in program history behind the 11 the Mustangs had versus UMass Boston in 2016.
  • The Mustangs finished 1-for-10 on the power play while the Beacons were 2-for-5.
  • Darosa finished with 17 saves on 18 shots while Calander had eight.

  • Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, October 27 when the Mustangs travel to New England College for a non-conference contest beginning at 1:00 p.m.
  • The Mustangs open their 2018-19 home schedule on Friday, November 2 when the team hosts a two-game series versus Manhattanville in both United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) and Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) play. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.