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New England College’s junior forward Emily Tanguay tries to put the puck in the back of the net while MIT’s forward Lauren A. Kazmierski ’11 (right) and goalie Rachel A. Bowens-Rubin ’11 (left) defend. The women’s ice hockey team lost 10-1 on Friday evening in Johnson Ice Arena.
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The women’s ice hockey team fell to New England College and the University of Southern Maine in its final two games of the semester, held on Friday and Saturday. MIT will return to the ice after the holiday break.

New England powers past MIT, 10-1

Six goals in the third period by New England College helped secure a 10-1 victory over MIT in an Eastern College Athletic Conference East women’s ice hockey game on Friday night. Rachel White paced the Pilgrims (3-2-1, 3-1-1 ECAC East) with four goals while Elizabeth Ross, Stefanie Lewis, Sarah Graham, and Jamie Collins tallied three points apiece. Lauren A. Kazmierski ’11 recorded the lone goal for the Engineers (0-5-0, 0-5-0 ECAC East).

Shauna Pires opened the scoring for New England when she connected on a feed from Danielle O’Leary after 5:50 expired. Almost 10 minutes later, Collins placed a pass from Lewis just inside the right post to register the eventual game-winning goal. The Pilgrims extended their lead to 3-0 on a power-play strike by Graham that was set up by Ross and Sarah Tracey. MIT found the back of the net when Kazmierski corralled a pass from Sara E. John ’09 with 20 seconds remaining in the period.

The majority of the second period was a defensive battle until New England broke through at the 11:43 mark on Graham’s goal. The Pilgrims’ offense exploded in the final period, with White notching all four of her goals in the period. In addition, New England registered three power-play scores during a five-minute major penalty assessed to the Engineers.

In net, Rachel A. Bowens-Rubin ’11 collected 43 saves for MIT while Mary Roux made 16 stops for the Pilgrims.

Southern Maine Blanks Engineers, 9-0

Amy McNally, Amanda Shorey, and Jessica Knight each tallied three points as the University of Southern Maine defeated MIT, 9-0, in an ECAC East game on Saturday. With the win, the Huskies improved to 3-4-0 overall and 3-2-0 in conference play while the Engineers fell to 0-6-0 on the year and 0-6-0 in ECAC East action.

McNally posted her first game-winning goal of the season when she connected on a feed from Knight after 5:46 expired in the contest. Following 10 minutes of scoreless play, Southern Maine tacked on three goals in a span of three minutes. Shorey led off the spurt by converting a pass from Megan Irving, who was then set up by Regina Wilson for her first goal of the campaign. Jenna Stanley and Stephanie King found Katie Quartuccio for a power-play strike with 11 seconds remaining before the intermission.

The second period was defense-oriented until the Huskies broke through at the 10:24 mark. Alyssa Gibson found the back of the net as McNally and Shorey earned the assists. Less then two minutes later, the McNally-Knight connection returned to give Southern Maine a 6-0 advantage. Gibson notched the final goal of the period when she redirected a pass from Shorey in the 18th minute.

In the final period, Mary Vaughan was a factor in both goals for the Huskies. She recorded an unassisted power-play strike at 3:11 and then found Knight for the last goal of the day just over two minutes later.

In net, Rachel A. Bowens-Rubin ’11 collected 17 saves in 40 minutes of action while Maria N. Prus ’10 closed out the game with six stops for the Engineers. Emily Barrett posted 10 saves for Southern Maine in her first start of the season.