The University of Maine women’s hockey team skated to a 4-3 win on Saturday before falling 4-1 on Sunday — a weekend split against conference rival University of Vermont. The Black Bears’ record moves to 5-20-3 on the season, 2-13-2 in Hockey East, while the Catamounts see their record shift to 8-17-3 overall, 6-8-3 in conference. UMaine remains nine points behind UVM in the WHEA standings.
Kilgour’s 3 Points Paces UMaine to 4-3 Win
UMaine found the back of the net four times in the first period and held off the Catamounts’ onslaught the rest of the way to pull out the 4-3 victory Saturday afternoon at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
The Black Bears found themselves behind early on after UVM was credited with a power-play opportunity due to a rare lineup infraction by UMaine to start the game. Freshman defender Gina Repaci fired a shot from the point that was deflected in by senior forward Emily Walsh to give the Catamounts a 1-0 lead, less than 2 minutes into the first period.
The Black Bears would equalize 30 seconds later, however, sparking a string of four first-period tallies to capture a 4-1 lead heading into the first intermission.
Junior forward Brianne Kilgour benefitted from a hard rebound off the glass behind the UVM net and put a backhanded shot past junior goaltender Roxanne Douville to make it 1-1. Freshman forward Audra Richards and junior defender Kelly McDonald were given assists on Kilgour’s first goal of the contest.
Her second came on a short-handed effort, 3 minutes later, after she took advantage of a misplayed puck in the UVM zone to put home her sixth goal of the season.
The Black Bear lead would be stretched to two with just under 8 minutes gone in the opening stanza. Freshman defender Brooklyn Langlois wired a shot from the point through traffic and beat Douville for her first collegiate goal off of assists by Richards and sophomore defender Brittney Huneke.
Douville was pulled in favor of senior goaltender Kelci Lanthier after Langlois’ goal gave UMaine a 3-1 lead. The senior would finish with 24 saves while Lanthier added two stops in the loss for UVM.
Richards would net the eventual game-winner on a goal of her own with just over 10 minutes remaining in the period. Kilgour and Langlois each earned assists on Richards’ seventh goal of the season.
Douville and Lanthier swapped yet again after the tally put UMaine up 4-1 heading into the final 40 minutes of play.
The Catamounts controlled the action in the final two periods but could not overcome the three-goal margin, despite holding a 40-30 shot advantage.
The lead would be cut to two a little over 9 minutes into the second period on a rebound goal by Vermont freshman defender Dayna Colang. Colang’s initial shot from the blue line was blocked by traffic, but she stayed with it, corralling the loose puck and beating UMaine senior goaltender Brittany Ott on a wrister for her first collegiate goal. Junior forward Kelly Dineen and senior forward Erin Wente were credited with assists on Colang’s goal that made it 4-2.
Ott would finish with 37 saves on 40 shots in Saturday’s contest to secure her fifth win of the season for the Black Bears.
The lead would be cut to one on another rebound goal with just under 11 minutes remaining in regulation. Sophomore defender Greer Vogl fed a streaking Dineen who gained the zone before firing a wrist shot that was blocked. Sophomore forward Sarah Campbell scooped up the puck and beat Ott to make it 4-3.
The Black Bears would hold on from there despite heavy pressure from UVM in the final minutes.
The Catamounts finished 2-10 on the power play on Saturday while holding UMaine scoreless in their five chances with the extra skater.
Catamounts Score 4 Unanswered in Third to Capture 4-1 Win
After trailing 1-0 through the first two periods of play, UVM exploded for four tallies in the final 20 minutes to earn the weekend split with UMaine Sunday afternoon.
UMaine sophomore forward Hailey Browne broke the scoreless tie on a tip-in goal less than 3 minutes into the opening period to give the Black Bears an early one-goal lead. McDonald and senior defender Chloe Tinkler were credited with assists on Browne’s second goal of the season.
The score would remain 1-0 despite 11 UMaine power-play opportunities – including three five-on-three chances – thanks to a bounce-back performance by Lanthier, who finished with 27 saves on 28 shots, in the win for the Catamounts.
UVM would knot the score at one a little over 4 minutes into the third period after an aggressive fore-check resulted in a Black Bear turnover in their defensive zone.
Dineen netted her sixth goal of the season off of assists by Wente and junior defender Danielle Rancourt to make it 1-1.
The Catamounts took a 2-1 lead, less than 3 minutes later, on a five-on-three power-play chance. Colang beat Ott on a wrister from the slot for her second goal of the weekend. The junior’s eventual game-winner was assisted by sophomore forward Amanda Pelkey.
Ott would finish with 23 saves on 27 shots in the loss for UMaine.
The deficit would stretch to two with less than 8 minutes remaining in the contest on Walsh’s fourth goal of the season. Sophomore forward Brittany Zuback lost the puck in front of the UMaine crease, but Walsh was there to clean it up and give UVM a 3-1 lead.
Walsh would earn the assist on Zuback’s empty-net goal that capped the scoring with just over a minute remaining in regulation.
Despite the loss, the Black Bears still hold the all-time series lead against UVM with a record of 21-10-3 against the Catamounts.
Vermont travels to Boston to take on No. 3 Boston University Feb. 16-17, with game time for both contests scheduled for 3 p.m.
UMaine returns to Alfond Arena to host Northeastern University Feb. 16-17 for the Black Bears’ final home series of the season. Puck drop for both games is scheduled for 2 p.m.