SHELTON, CT. - Sacred Heart tied with Franklin Pierce in the consolation round of the NEHC Open Tournament. Sacred Heart lead four times in the game with Franklin Pierce responding to each goal to take the game to overtime with just 29 seconds left to play with the extra attacker goal. After overtime went scoreless, Franklin Pierce and Sacred Heart ultimately skated to a 4-4 tie, with Sacred Heart earning the third-place finish via a 2-1 shootout win, with converted penalties from Amie Varano and Teagan Ketchum
Sacred Heart concludes its campaign at 18-9-2, with the tie, Franklin Pierce finishes the season at 18-7-2,
Sacred Heart opened the scoring at 13:11 of the first, when junior forward Meghan Kebalka finished off a loose puck which bounced into the slot. She quickly put a shot into the left side of the net for her seventh goal of the season. Sophomore forwards Brooke McGreen and Lilly Cleary picked up the assists on the play.
Franklin Pierce needed just 21 seconds to tie the game at 1-1, striking at 13:32. Freshman forward Meg Gilbride took a deflected shot which deflected which wound up in the top-right corner of the net. SHU reclaimed the lead, at 2-1, heading into the first intermission. Sophomore forward Katie Stueve collected her 12th goal of the year. Sophomore defenseman Savannah Hersey and freshman defenseman Jayne Lewis provided the assists.
The Ravens needed just 50 seconds in the second period to level the score at 2-2. Freshman forward Kayla Trujillo scored her sixth of the season, off of assists from freshman defenseman Katie Neuburger and senior forward Alysha Raimo
Less than two minutes later, at 2:34, Jayne Lewis' ninth of the year put Sacred Heart back out front on the power play.
Franklin Pierce answered again at 15:50, tying the game at 3-3 heading into the second intermission through senior forward Lanie Matsumoto
Scoring slowed in the third, as the two teams simply traded one goal apiece. Sacred Heart claimed a 4-3 lead at the 8:19 mark on the 21st goal of the season for junior forward Taylor Moreland. Stueve picked up her third point of the game with an assist, while junior defenseman Carly Radovich provided a helper as well.
Franklin Pierce got O'Neil to the bench for the extra attacker over the final 68 seconds, and the move paid off at 19:31. Gilbride scored from rebound for her second goal of the afternoon, while Matsumoto and Brolsma provided the assists.
After the five-minute overtime went scoreless, the two teams went to a best-of-three shootout to determine which squad would finish third at the Open Tournament. Brolsma struck first, in the second round, while senior defenseman Amie Varano answered for Sacred Heart in the third round. In the sixth round, junior forward Hailee Craig scored past Sacred Heart sophomore goaltender Sarah Erban, but saw her shot bounce harmlessly off the left post. Immediately after, at the other end, senior forward Teagan Ketchum beat O'Neil to lift Sacred Heart to the third-place finish.