WORCESTER, Mass. – Becker College's Brittany Aiello (Franklin Park, Ill.) scored two goals, including the game-winner, as the Hawks defeated Suffolk by a score of 3-1 in a Tuesday evening non-conference women's ice hockey matchup at the Worcester Ice Center.
January 15, 2019
Worcester Ice Center
Score: Becker 3, Suffolk 1
Records: Becker (2-11-3) | Suffolk (10-6-1)
Becker was the first to score 3:59 into the first period. Senior forward Rachel Pitcher (Grand Isle, Vt.) took a shot on net, and then Clare Conway (Billerica, Mass.) scooped up the puck on the rebound and scored her fourth goal of the season for the 1-0 gain. Later in the first period, Suffolk scored on a Jesse Kennedy (Southwold, Ont.) power-play goal, assisted by Tess Adams (Calgary, Alberta) who registered her 100th career point with the assist. Adams skated around the back of the net, and passed across to Kennedy who hit the lower left corner for the tie score.
Becker took the first faceoff of the second period, and quickly got into the offensive zone. Shortly after (15 seconds into the second period), Aiello broke the tie score with a goal on helpers from Catherine McShera (Marston Mills, Mass.) and Claudia Gee (Randolph, Vt.). Gee passed the puck ahead to McShera on the left side, and found an open Aiello directly in front of the goal, who sent it home. The score remained 2-1 for the remainder of the second.
Aiello put Becker up by two 6:32 into the final frame, with help from Gee again, and classmate Bailey Coons (Casper, Wyo.). Aiello skated around the back of the net and tucked the puck between the skates of Abbey Weisrock (Delevan, Wis.) and the right side of the pipe for the 3-1 score.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Despite the win for Becker, the Rams outshot the Hawks 40-22 overall.
- Aiello finished the game with two goals, while Gee completed the day with two assists.
- Aiello not only led the team in goals, but led the team with a game-high 11 faceoff wins.
- Kennedy, who scored the lone Rams goal, guided her team from the faceoff circle with going 10-for-16.
- Becker's goaltender, Julia Johnson (Littleton, Colo.) earned her first win of the season in net, stopping 39-of-40 shots.
- Suffolk's Weisrock was tabbed with the loss in a 19-save performance.
- Suffolk went 1-for-6 (.167) on power-play chances. Becker went 0-for-4.
"We played a great team game tonight," commented head coach Eliza Kelley. "We have been focusing on playing a full 60 and I thought we did that tonight. Suffolk has some very talented players so we wanted to take away their time and space. We did a great job shutting them down and pickup up off the puck. We made them really work to create opportunities. We shuffled our lines tonight, too – tried to find some combos that click and I think that freshened things up offensively."
"Aiello obviously had a huge night, and Conway's goal was big too," said Kelley. "We have been talking about good things happen when we have net traffic, and they did a nice job executing there."
Kelley and her team are focusing on the upcoming competition. "Really we are excited to get on track going into a big conference stretch."
Both teams are back in action on Friday (Jan. 18). Post will host Becker in a 3 p.m. game, while Suffolk will entertain Castleton in a 6 p.m. matchup. Becker will start up with conference play again the following week (Jan. 25-26) against Salve Regina.
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