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UMaine women’s hockey earns remarkable comeback victory over Bemidji State

UMaine Overcomes 3 Goal Deficit, Tops Bemidji State 4-3

After giving up three goals in the first period, the University of Maine women’s hockey team scored four unanswered goals in the final stanza to beat the Beavers of Bemidji State 4-3 Friday behind senior goaltender Brittany Ott’s 37 saves.

The Beavers applied heavy pressure throughout but could not solve Ott, who replaced freshman goaltender Meghann Treacy after the first period. BSU falls to 2-6-1 on the year despite racking up a program-record 60 shots in the contest.

The Black Bears capitalized on their opportunities in the third to improve to 2-7-1 on the season. UMaine completed the comeback despite producing only 20 shots in the contest, culminating with sophomore forward Tori Pasquariello’s game-winner with less than 6 minutes left in regulation.

BSU skated to a 3-0 lead in the first period, fueled by a 23-8 shot advantage.

Freshman forward Kaitlyn Tougas broke the tie a little over 10 minutes in when she connected on a one-timer from the edge of the crease. Sophomore forward Kristin Huber got the assist on Tougas’ second goal of the season to give Bemidji a 1-0 lead.

Huber would notch her second assist of the contest less than 3 minutes later to give the Beavers a 2-0 advantage. She fed the puck to freshman forward Hanna Moher, who beat Treacy for her first collegiate goal.

BSU would capitalize on the power play to stretch their lead to three. Senior forward Sadie Lundquist scored on a tip-in that came off fellow senior forward MacKenzie Thurston’s shot from the blue line with 31 seconds remaining in the opening frame.

The Beavers finished 1-4 with the extra skater on the night, while holding the Black Bears scoreless in their three power-play chances.

Treacy stopped 20 of the 23 shots she faced in the period, but was pulled in favor of Ott heading into the second.

Sophomore goaltender Abby Ryplanski had 16 saves in the loss for Bemidji State.

No goals were scored in the second 20 minutes. UMaine could only muster three shots on Ryplanski in the period, but Ott stopped all 21 shots she faced to keep the Black Bears in it.

BSU’s best chance came on a 5-minute power play opportunity a little over 10 minutes into the frame. Ott stopped all 10 shots she faced after freshman defender Brooklyn Langlois was called for checking from behind. Langlois was given a game misconduct penalty and was subsequently tossed from the contest.

The score remained 3-0 heading into the second intermission.

UMaine got on the comeback trail early in the third. Freshman forward Audra Richards scored on the breakaway less than a minute into the period to make it 3-1. Sophomore forward Jennifer More earned an assist on Richards’ team-leading fifth goal of the season.

The Black Bears cut the deficit to one on freshman forward Abbey Cook’s unassisted goal half a minute later.

Sophomore forward Katy Massey tied it up at three after knocking home a loose puck in front with a little over 8 minutes remaining in regulation.

Massey was credited with the assist on Pasquariello’s game-winner that completed the Black Bear rally.

BSU pulled Ryplanksi with 1:15 left in favor of the extra skater, but could not beat Ott in the closing moments. The Black Bears would hang on for the 4-3 victory despite the shot disparity and the Beaver’s 41-25 advantage in face-off wins.

Dougherty’s 2 Goals Pace Maine to 2-2 Tie, Beat Bemidji 2-1 in Shootout

The Black Bears took to the ice for game two against the Bemidji State Beavers on Saturday, skating to a 2-2 tie behind senior forward Brittany Dougherty’s two goals before edging out BSU 2-1 in the shootout.

UMaine’s record goes to 2-7-1 after a successful road trip, while the Beavers’ record dips to 2-6-2.

The Black Bears were heavily out shot for the second game in a row, but Ott came up big between the pipes for UMaine once again, stopping 36 of 38 shots she faced in the contest.

BSU outshot the Black Bears 38-16 in game two and 98-36 on the weekend overall, but could not capitalize on their opportunities. Richards netted the clinching goal for UMaine in the fourth-round shootout.

Dougherty scored her first goal of the contest with a little over 5 minutes left in the first period to give the Black Bears a 1-0 lead. Senior defender Chloe Tinkler earned the assist on the play.

The Beavers would answer 42 seconds later after a UMaine turnover in their defensive zone. BSU junior defender Danielle Williams picked off an attempted breakout pass and fired a shot on Ott, who made the initial save but could not corral the rebound.

Thurston scooped up the loose puck and slid it into the back of the cage, ending Ott’s streak of 47 consecutive shots saved and tying the game at one.

The score would remain 1-1 heading into the first intermission.

BSU controlled play in the second 20 minutes, outshooting the Black Bears 16-1 in the frame.

The Beavers earned their only lead of the night with just over 10 minutes left in the second. Senior forward Emily Erickson and junior defender Allie Duellman assisted on freshman defender Lauren Merkley’s first career goal that gave BSU a 2-1.

They would not beat Ott again, however. BSU took a 2-1 lead into the third.

The Black Bears played much better in the third despite being outshot 11-8.

Dougherty notched her second goal of the contest — and team-leading 11th point of the season – on an unassisted effort that beat senior goaltender Jessica Havel 7 minutes into the period.

Havel would finish with 14 saves in the loss for BSU.

Regulation would end with the two teams tied at two. Richards’ goal in the fourth round secured the shootout victory for the Black Bears after neither squad found the back of the net in the 5-minute overtime.

The game was relatively whistle-free for the majority of the 65 minutes. The Beavers did not grant UMaine a power play opportunity, but could not capitalize on their three chances with the extra attacker.

The Black Bears’ all-time record against Bemidji improves to 4-2-1 after earning a win and a tie in the two-game weekend series.

The Beavers host North Dakota next week in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association matchup. UMaine returns home to play rival New Hampshire in a Hockey East showdown on Saturday, Nov. 17. Game time for that contest is scheduled for 12 p.m. in the Alfond Arena.