Tough start hurts women's hockey in loss

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: December 1, 2013
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Samantha Slotnick scored Sunday against UMB. (Dustin Satloff Photography)

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Despite two late goals from Colby College's Megan Fortier, Katie Loiselle played a part in three of the four goals to help the University of Massachusetts at Boston women's hockey team hold on for a 4-3 victory in non-conference play Sunday at Alfond Rink.

UMass-Boston (2-6-1 overall) scored three times in the first period and later led 4-1 before the Mules fought back for two goals in the final 14 minutes.

Colby (3-3 overall), playing without regular goaltender Brianne Wheeler, gave up three goals in a span of about six minutes of the first period.

Samantha Fallon scored off a rebound at 9:43 of the period for a 1-0 lead. Alyssa Sullivan and Sarahanne Cavolo had assists on the play.

The Beacons made it 2-0 at 12:16 when Tori Pizzuto lost control of the puck on a breakaway attempt. She regained control of the puck on the left side and centered it to Loiselle in front for the score.

UMB made it 3-0 after one period when Jenny Currie snapped a wrist shot from the left side to the right corner of the net off a pass from Loiselle.

In the second period, Colby fought back to make it 3-1 at the second intermission. Samantha Slotnick slammed in a rebound off a shot by Elisa Rascia. Katie Tang also had an assist on the score at 17:56.

Loiselle scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal at 5:57 of the third period. She made a steal in Colby's end and had a clean breakaway, scoring on a high shot for a 4-1 margin.

The Mules, though, quickly cut the lead to two goals again just 25 seconds later. Fortier stuffed in a shot while standing near the right post. Kat Mackey and Katie McLaughlin had assists.

Colby cut the margin to one goal at 17:24 when Fortier scored her second of the day on a power play attempt. She took a pass from Rascia and ripped a shot from between the circles. Kailey Buxbaum had her first collegiate assist on the goal.

Moe Bradley made 21 saves in goal for UMB, while Angelica Crites made her first appearance of the season for the Mules and had 27 saves. She made 20 saves in the last periods.


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