The University of Maine women’s hockey team dropped both games of a tough weekend set to Beantown colleges Boston University and Northeastern University. The Black Bears fall to 1-5 overall on the season and 1-3 in Hockey East.
University of Maine freshman defender Kelsey MacSorley’s first career goal was not enough to keep Boston University from cruising to a 4-2 victory at Walter Brown Arena Friday night. The Terriers improve to 6-1-0 on the season and 3-0-0 in Hockey East.
BU saw eight different players earn points in the contest, including two goals from sophomore forward Kayla Tutino. Although the Black Bears fought hard throughout, the Terriers dominated play, outshooting UMaine 36-18 and winning 39 of 61 faceoffs.
Boston University junior defender Shannon Doyle opened the scoring 11:53 into the first period on a shot from the point that beat UMaine senior goaltender Brittany Ott, who was screened by heavy traffic in front. It was Doyle’s first goal as a Terrier.
Ott would finish with 32 saves on 36 shots in the contest, while BU senior Alissa Fromkin allowed two goals on 18 shots for the Terriers.
Senior forward Isabel Menard and junior forward Louise Warren were credited with assists on Doyle’s goal, the lone tally of the first period.
The Terriers’ second goal came on the power play at the 8-minute mark in the second. Tutino was the beneficiary of good puck movement in the UMaine zone, redirecting a pass from senior defender Kathryn Miller at the top of the crease to give BU a 2-0 lead. Junior forward Marie Philip-Poulin also earned an assist on the play.
The Terriers played well on special teams throughout the contest, going 2-7 on the power play while holding the Black Bears scoreless on all five of their chances with the extra skater.
UMaine senior defender Chloe Tinkler notched her first goal of the season to get the Black Bears on the board with just under 3 minutes remaining in the second period. Her shot from the point beat Fromkin to make it 2-1 heading into the second intermission. Senior forward Brittany Dougherty and junior forward Missy Denk assisted on the play.
BU would make it 3-1 after another power play chance 7 minutes into the final frame. Ott blocked Poulin’s initial shot from the blue line, but senior forward Jenelle Kohanchuk was there to put home the rebound for her third goal of the season. Poulin and Menard were given assists on the play.
The Terriers would extend their lead a little less than 6 minutes later on Tutino’s fourth goal of the season. Tutino received a pass from Kohanchuk and wheeled through the Black Bear zone before wristing a shot past Ott to make it 4-1. Freshman forward Rebecca Russo was also credited with an assist on Tutino’s second goal of the contest.
The Terriers would not score for the remainder of the game, but UMaine was unable to mount a real threat in the final minutes.
Sophomore forward Jennifer More and freshman forward Audra Richards assisted on MacSorley’s goal that cut the BU lead to 4-2 with just over 5 minutes to play, but the comeback would go no further.
The Black Bears pulled Ott to get an extra attacker with 1:43 left in the third period, but the Terriers held strong in the closing moments to finish with a 4-2 victory.
Fromkin’s record improves to 1-0-0 with her first win of the season, while Ott’s record falls to 1-1-0.
The Terriers gave up only four shots in the final period and performed well defensively throughout the contest, blocking 11 UMaine shot attempts.
Northeastern Blanks Maine in 3-0 Win
The No. 7 Northeastern University women’s hockey team shutout the Black Bears 3-0 at Matthews Arena on Saturday, fueled by sophomore forward Kendall Coyne’s two goals and sophomore goaltender Chloe Desjardins’ 23 saves.
The Huskies earned their first conference win of the season, improving their league record to 1-1-0, 5-1-1 overall.
Northeastern applied pressure early on in the first period. The Huskies outshot UMaine 12-2 in the first 20 minutes, despite having nothing to show for it on the scoreboard heading into intermission.
They would continue to dictate play in the second, locking the Black Bears inside their own zone and outshooting them 13-7 in the period.
The Huskies broke the 0-0 tie on the power play 4:27 into the second period. Coyne netted her eighth goal of the season on a wraparound attempt that deflected off a Black Bear defender before beating UMaine freshman goaltender Meghann Treacy. Senior forward Rachel Llanes was credited with an assist on the play.
That would be Northeastern’s only power-play goal of the night. The Huskies went 1-5 with the extra skater while holding UMaine scoreless on their four power play opportunities.
Northeastern senior forward Kelly Wallace earned her first goal of the season after slamming home a rebound 10 minutes later. Junior forwards Katie MacSorley and Claire Santostefano both got assists on the goal after MacSorley’s initial shot was stopped by Treacy. The puck bounced in front of the UMaine crease before Wallace put it home to extend the Huskies’ lead to two.
Treacy would finish the game with 29 saves on 31 shots, while Desjardins produced 23 in the shutout. Treacy’s record falls to 0-3-0 on the young campaign while Desjardins’ improves to 5-1-1.
The Black Bears came out stronger in the third, outshooting the Huskies 14-7 in the final frame. UMaine had two power-play chances in the first 10 minutes of the period, but could not capitalize.
The score remained 2-0 in favor of Northeastern before UMaine was forced to pull Treacy in the final minutes in an attempt to generate one last offensive push.
The move backfired, however, resulting in Coyne’s empty net goal — her second of the contest and ninth of the season — with just over 1:30 left in regulation. The score would remain 3-0 until the final horn.
The Huskies outshot the Black Bears 36-20 on the night while extending their win streak against UMaine to eight games.
The Black Bears will try to get things back on track as they head home to take on Providence on Nov. 2 as part of a two-game weekend series. The puck is scheduled to drop at 2 p.m. for the first game.