NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. - Niagara's Shannon Moulson and Mary McKinnon
combined for seven points as the host Purple Eagles earned a split of the
weekend series with the Northeastern Huskies, winning 6-3 on Sunday
afternoon at Dwyer Arena. Moulson scored her team's first goal and assisted
on two others, while McKinnon tallied Niagara's last goal and assisted on
The game began promisingly for the visiting Huskies, as senior assistant
captain Crystal Rochon tallied her second goal of the season on the first
shift of the game, only 29 seconds in. Assists on the tally went to freshman
Chelsey Jones, who has registered a point in five consecutive games, and
senior captain Amy Goodney.
The remainder of the first and second periods, however, belonged to the
Purple Eagles. Seven minutes after Rochon's tally, Moulson scored the first
of six consecutive Niagara goals with 14 seconds remaining on a hooking
penalty to NU freshman Lindsay Berman. McKinnon registered her first assist
on Moulson's goal, and she provided the only assist on teammate Kerri-Lynn
O'Hara's even-strength goal at the 12:13 mark to give her team a lead it
would not relinquish.
Less than a minute later, Niagara's Mallory Yorkson got her second goal of
the season past NU junior netminder Sarah Belliveau on the power play,
assisted by Moulson and Chelsea Donovan.
While the shots were even, 9-9, in the first period, the Purple Eagles
dominated play in the second period, out-shooting the Huskies by a 15-3
margin and scoring the only two goals of the period. Niagara's Lisa Agozzino
and leading scorer Frances McPhail scored 2:05 apart midway through the
second period of play, giving the home team a commanding 5-1 lead after 40
minutes of hockey. McKinnon capped her excellent day 36 seconds into the
third period, scoring her first of the season to give Niagara its sixth and
For the remainder of the third period, Northeastern fought hard to make the
score respectable, getting two power-play tallies to account for the 6-3
final score. Sophomore Ali Bielawski scored her second of the season with
the man-advantage at the 9:06 mark, taking passes from sophomore Missy
Elumba and freshman Katy Applin and beating Niagara goaltender Allison
Rutledge. Berman scored the team's second power-play goal of the period 4:28
later, with assists by Bielawski and Elumba. In the period, the Huskies
outshot Niagara, 17-5.
Neither team played well on the penalty kill, as Niagara scored on
three-of-six power plays while Northeastern converted two-of-eight
Rutledge made 26 saves for the Purple Eagles in earning the victory.
Belliveau, one day after posting her first career shutout, allowed six goals
on 29 shots in taking the loss.
Niagara climbs back to .500 (4-4-2) with the win, while the Huskies fall to
2-7-0 overall. Northeastern continues its season-high six-game road trip
next weekend when the team returns to conference play against Vermont and
Connecticut on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.