WINCHENDON, Mass. – The Sacred Heart women's hockey team trailed 3-0 heading into the third period Friday night at Franklin Pierce, but could only make up two goals as the Ravens defeated the Pioneers 3-2 in the first game of a weekend series.
Franklin Pierce (7-13-0) got on the scoreboard 3:22 into the game as Karsyn Baker fed Michaela Faia on a breakaway. Sacred Heart (14-12-2) outshot the Ravens 8-7 in the first period, but it was Franklin Pierce who took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission as Baker found Faia again with 17 seconds remaining in the period.
The Pioneers had a chance to get back in the game with a power play halfway through the second period, but a turnover in their own zone led to a Baker shorthanded goal to make the score 3-0 Franklin Pierce. Sacred Heart finally got on the scoreboard 5:18 into the third period. Cara Curran tallied a power play goal on a breakaway with assists from Natasha Klinoff and Catie Ladner to make the score 3-1. Roughly six minutes later, Melissa Robbins made the score 3-2 when she snapped a Whitney Henderson pass inside the goal post. However, the Pioneers were unable to tie the game before the final horn sounded.
Both teams finished the game with 27 shots on goal. Franklin Pierce goaltender Amelea Gray made 25 saves as Mandy Montgomery had 24 for the Pioneers. Sacred Heart was 1-for-5 on the power play with Franklin Pierce going 0-for-3.
The two teams meet again on Saturday at 12 noon.