WORCESTER, Mass. – The Becker College women's ice hockey team dropped their season opener to the Pioneers of Utica College by a score of 4-2 in Saturday evening action at the Worcester Ice Center.
October 27, 2018
Worcester Ice Center
Score: Utica 4, Becker 2
Records: Utica (1-0-0) | Becker (0-1-0)
Utica reached the board twice in the first 10 minutes of play. The first goal of the game was scored by Rebecca Brown (Steamboat Springs, Colo.), assisted by Katrina Cornick (Mason City, Iowa). The second was a tally by Lexi Stanisewski (Lawrence, Mass.) on helpers from Lindsey Winter (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Georgiana Santullo (Woburn, Mass.). Becker took advantage of their first power play opportunity in the 15th minute when Rachel Pitcher (Grand Isle, Vt.) put the Hawks on the board with a goal, assisted by Clare Conway (Billerica, Mass.). The visitors outshot the hosts, 11-4 in the period.
Brown scored the Pioneers' lone goal in the second frame, for her third of the game. Colby Begis (Little Elm, Texas) registered the assist. Utica held a 13-7 edge in shots during the second period.
The Pioneers added to their two-goal lead midway through the final frame, as Cornick found the back of the net on a power-play to up the score to 4-1. Becker found the back of the net late in the period, as Conway scored her first collegiate goal on an assist from Claudia Gee (Randolph, Vt.) to settle the final score at 4-2, Utica.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Utica's Brown finished the game opener with two goals, while Cornick had a goal and an assist in the win.
- Becker's rookie, Conway, logged a goal and an assist in the setback.
- In total, Utica outshot Becker 39-19.
- Each team capitalized on a power play opportunity. Utica went 1-for-4, while Becker went 1-for-6.
- Senior goaltender, Madison Rigsby (O'Fallon, Mo.) stopped 35-of-39 (89.7%) shots on goal.
- Utica's netminder, Ryann Stripp (Holland Patent, N.Y.) made 17 saves in the 60 minutes played.
Becker is back on the ice tomorrow (Oct. 28) as they head to Franklin Pierce for a 3 p.m. start. Utica will also return to the ice tomorrow then, as they will be entertained by New England College.
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