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Syracuse Ice Hockey: Waived Goal Proves to Be Difference in Orange Loss

Syracuse Women's Ice Hockey loses in a close game against #10 Northeastern, 5-4.

In the second period of Friday's contest, Syracuse Orange sophomore Alysha Burris scored a goal to tie the game 3-3. However even though the puck crossed the goal line, the referees waived it off because of an early whistle. That stung even more later on when Syracuse (0-2-0) ended up losing the game to the No. 10 Northeastern Huskies, 5-4.

Northeastern (2-0-1) jumped out to an early lead in the first period after senior Kendall Coyne scored only 50 seconds into the game. Coyne, who had a hat trick last week in a 9-5 win against St. Lawrence, then scored a second time 4 minutes later to put the Huskies up 2-0. However, Syracuse wasn't going down without a fight. two and a half minutes later, senior captain Nicole Ferrara scored to put the Orange within one.

But, after every Syracuse goal, Northeastern had an answer. Sophomore Shelby Herrington found the back of the net on a power play to regain a two goal lead. Syracuse would answer late in the first, Megan Quinn scored her first collegiate goal to pull the Orange within one again heading into the first intermission.

After a five-goal first period, the second remained quiet until Herrington broke the silence with her second goal of the game, the Huskies led 4-2 heading into the final period.

Again the Orange cut it to a one-goal game just seven seconds into the third after Syracuse's all-time leading goal-scorer, Melissa Piacentini, capitalized on a 5-on-3 power play situation. However, Northeastern would answer right back with a power-play goal of their own. After Dakota Derrer went to the box for two minutes for checking, Taytum Clairmont closed the door on Syracuse with just six minutes left to play, putting Northeastern up by a pair.

Piacentini would tally her second goal of the game two minutes later to make the game 5-4, but Northeastern held on until the final buzzer.

With her three points in today's game, Piacentini ties Margot Scharfe (2010-2014) for second on Syracuse's all-time points leader list. She needs just ten more points to move into a first place tie with Holly Carrie-Mattimore (2009-2013).

Syracuse looks to bounce back against the New Hampshire Wildcats at 2 p.m. today on the road. The game will be available live on Cuse.com.