Adding a little international competition to the schedule this year, the University of Maine women’s ice hockey team took on the Russian national team on Thanksgiving Day in Lewiston.
Russia forwards Iya Gayrilova and Lyudmila Belyakova both scored one goal and picked up another assist each for Russia, as the Black Bears were shutout 3-0. A total of 17 penalties were called during the game, with eight called on UMaine and seven called on Russia. Russia’s final goal came on the power play.
Belyakova assisted Gayrilova 9:30 into the first period to put Russia up 1-0.
After 15 minutes had expired in the second period, Gayrilova and forward Olga Sosina assisted Belyakova for the Russian team’s second goal of the game.
UMaine sophomore defenseman Jessica Hall was called for hitting after the whistle 12 minutes into the third period, enabling Russia to go on the power play. The Russians capitalized just over a minute later when defenseman Alexandra Kapustina assited fellow defenseman Zoya Polunina to finish up scoring for Russia.
All three Black Bear goaltenders allowed one goal on the night, as seniors Brittany Ott and Kyle Smith and freshman Meghann Treacy saved 24 shots for UMaine. Russian goaltender Nadezhda Aleksandrova was perfect on the night, saving all 26 UMaine shots.
After this exhibition matchup, UMaine remains at 2-9-1 on the year and will return to action on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. at Boston College.