The University of Maine women’s hockey team grabbed a point at the University of Connecticut before getting blown out at Providence College over the weekend. UMaine sits at 4-18-3 on the season and 1-11-2 in Hockey East this season.
Sophomore forward Katy Massey netted her fourth goal of the season for the Black Bears and UConn freshman goaltender Elaine Chuli produced 44 saves as the UMaine skated to a 1-1 draw with the Huskies Saturday afternoon.
UConn — 3-19-3 overall, 1-10-1 in conference — remains one point behind the Black Bears in the Hockey East standings, following Saturday’s contest. The draw secures a split in their season series with UMaine, following their 3-2 loss and 3-2 victory against the Black Bears on Oct. 20-21.
The two squads will not face off again in the regular season.
The Huskies opened up the scoring with just over 7 minutes gone in the first period. Sophomore forward Emily Snodgrass sniped a shot from the right wing that beat UMaine senior goaltender Brittany Ott top shelf for her third goal of the season. Snodgrass was assisted by sophomore defender Caitlin Hewes and fellow sophomore forward Sarah MacDonnell on the tally that made it 1-0.
Ott would finish with 16 saves on 17 shots for the Black Bears.
Massey tied it up less than 3 minutes into the second period on a rebound goal, her fourth of the season. Junior forward Kayla Kaluzny received a pass from junior forward Missy Denk and fired a shot on Chuli, who made the initial save but could not control the rebound. Massey was there for the put back that evened the score at one.
Chuli remained solid in net, en route to her career-high 44 save effort. The freshman stopped all nine shots she faced on the power play to pace the UConn penalty kill in their four-on-four 4-4 performance.
UMaine was stingy on the kill once again as they held the Huskies scoreless in their three chances with the extra skater.
The score remained deadlocked throughout the third period and overtime, ending the game with a 1-1 tie.
Eight Different Players find the Net for Providence, Skate Passed UMaine 9-2
The Black Bears fell to the Friars by a score of 9-2 Sunday afternoon at Schneider Arena.
The Friars set a new season-high with nine goals on Sunday, eclipsing their previous high of seven that was set in an 8-7 loss to Northeastern on Jan. 20. The win improves their record to 12-11-4 on the season, 6-6-2 in Hockey East.
The seven-goal deficit marks the Black Bears’ second-biggest loss this season. Massey provided a bright spot for UMaine as she notched a goal and an assist Sunday afternoon.
Providence got off to a quick start, skating out to a 4-0 lead through the first 24 minutes of play.
Their first came just 20 seconds into the opening frame on senior forward Nicole Anderson’s team-leading 14th goal of the season off a one-timer that beat Ott to make it 1-0. Sophomore forward Allison Micheletti and junior defender Rebecca Morse were credited with assists on the tally.
Ott was busy in net from the start as the Friars enjoyed a 40-19 shot disparity. The senior would finish with 25 saves on 32 shots for the Black Bears as she takes the loss. Fellow senior goaltender Kylie Smith played the final the 6:27, allowing two goals on the eight shots she faced.
Sophomore forward Beth Hanrahan stretched the Providence lead to two less than four minutes later on a beautiful feed from freshman forward Lexi Slattery, her 13th assist of the season. Sophomore forward Brooke Simpson also was credited with a helper on Hanrahan’s ninth goal of the year.
Morse completed the first period scoring with just under three minutes remaining in the stanza with her shot from the point that made it 3-0. Morse’s first tally of the game came off assists by sophomore forward Haley Frade and freshman forward Molly Illikainen.
Providence freshman forward Courtney Kukowski extended the deficit to four when she put home a shot from in front with just over three minutes gone in the second period. Slattery and Illikainen were both credited with their second assist of the game on Kukowski’s tally that made it 4-0.
UMaine junior forward Brianne Kilgour found the twine a little over five minutes later to get the Black Bears on the scoreboard. Kilgour’s fourth goal of the year came off assists by Massey and junior defender Kelly McDonald.
Freshman goaltender Sarah Bryant minded the net for the Friars, producing 17 saves on the way to her eighth win of the year.
Massey made it interesting with her fifth goal of the season in the opening minutes of the third. Junior forward Kayla Kaluzny notched her sixth assist of the year on the tally that made it 4-2.
The Friars would respond, however, scoring five unanswered in the final 18 minutes to cap a 9-2 victory.
Micheletti extended the deficit to three once again three minutes after Massey’s score cut it to two. Morse netted her career-high second goal of the game less than four minutes after that to make it 6-2.
Illikainen scored the only power play goal of the game with just under seven minutes to play on her way to a career-high four-point performance.
The Friars finished 1-4 with the extra skater while holding the Black Bears scoreless in their four chances.
Providence junior forwards Maggie Pendleton and Corinne Buie scored the final two goals of the game in the final five minutes to cap the scoring.
UMaine remains one point ahead of UConn in the Hockey East standings as the Huskies fell to No. 3 Boston College 8-0 Sunday afternoon. The Friars now sit in fourth as they jump the University of New Hampshire in the standings following Sunday’s win.
Morse’s three points increases her point total to 16 on the season, good for second among Hockey East defenders.
The Black Bears return home on Feb. 2 as they take on No. 3 BC in their Skating Strides game, with puck drop scheduled for 7pm.
The Friars take on UConn in a home-and-home series Feb. 1-2. Game time for both contests is slated for 7pm.