The University of Maine women’s hockey team took on the University of New Hampshire Wildcats on Saturday and Sunday in both teams’ final regular season series. The rivals skated to a 2-2 draw in game one on Saturday before UNH edged out the 2-1 victory at the Whittemore Center the following day.
Treacy Saves 49 UMaine Women’s Hockey Draws with UNH 2-2
In her first start since a 3-2 loss to Union College Dec. 15, University of Maine freshman goaltender Meghann Treacy stopped 49 of the 51 shots she faced, pacing the Black Bears to a 2-2 tie against UNH Saturday afternoon.
UMaine got off to a hot start in the opening stanza, beating UNH sophomore goaltender Jenn Gilligan twice, to stretch out to a 2-0 lead, heading into the first intermission.
Senior defender Chloe Tinkler netted her second goal of the season less than 3 minutes into the game after capitalizing on a loose puck in the Wildcat’s zone. Sophomore forward Jennifer More and junior forward Kayla Kaluzny each earned assists on the goal that made it 1-0.
Senior forward Brittany Dougherty scored the final Black Bear goal — her team-leading 13th of the season — off Kaluzny’s second assist of the contest, with just under 6 minutes remaining in the first period. Sophomore forward Hailey Browne was also credited with an assist, after her initial shot was saved by Gilligan. Dougherty was there to put home the rebound and make it 2-0.
Gilligan stopped 25 of the 27 shots she faced in net for the Wildcats.
UNH found their stride in the second frame and used their 17-6 shot advantage in the period to bring the score even at two.
Junior forward Hannah Armstrong scored her 11th goal of the year on a rebound, less than a minute into the period, to cut the Black Bear lead to one. Freshman defender Megan Armstrong created the play after her slap shot from the blue line was saved by Treacy. Senior forward Kristine Horn was also credited with an assist on the tally.
Horn would notch her second assist of the game — her 15th of the season — on freshman defender Alexis Crossley’s power-play goal a little under 7 minutes later. Senior forward Kristina Lavoie recorded her 14th assist of the year on Crossley’s game-tying tally. Among Hockey East defenders, the freshman now sits in second place for scoring, with her fifth power-play goal of the year that brought the score 2-2 heading into the final frame.
UNH would finish 1-4 with the extra skater while holding UMaine scoreless in their two power-play chances.
Treacy was peppered in the final 25 minutes as well: She stopped all 36 shots she faced to preserve the 2-2 tie. Gilligan saved 12 shots in the third period and overtime to anchor the Wildcats.
Carlson’s Game-Winner Propels UNH to 2-1 Victory on Senior Day
On Sunday afternoon, freshman forward Sara Carlson netted the game’s final tally, 7 minutes into the third period, and Gilligan stopped 26 shots to lift the Wildcats to a 2-1 win over UMaine in the regular season finale.
UMaine senior goaltender Brittany Ott turned aside all 14 shots she faced in the opening period to match Gilligan’s seven saves and keep the score deadlocked at zero heading into the second 20 minutes.
UNH broke the scoreless tie a little less than 6 minutes into the second period on their second power-play goal of the weekend. Junior forward Nicole Gifford put home a rebound for her third tally of the season after Ott failed to control a shot in front by fellow Armstrong. Crossley also notched an assist on the play that made it 1-0.
The Wildcats finished 1-3 on the power play in game two after going 1-4 the previous day. The Black Bears went 0-6 with an extra skater Sunday after being held scoreless during their two chances in the first game of the weekend.
UMaine junior forward Brianne Kilgour found the twine for her seventh goal of the season with just over 3 minutes remaining in the second period. Browne and Katy Massey earned assists on the Black Bears’ lone goal of the game after Massey’s drop pass inside the Wildcat zone gave Kilgour the space to beat Gilligan on a wrist shot to even the score at one.
Carlson’s game-winner — her eighth goal of the season — came after sophomore forward Jenna Lascelle forced a turnover in the Black Bear zone. Fellow sophomore forward Kayla Mork won the puck along the boards and fed Carlson in front to give UNH the 2-1 advantage.
Gilligan stopped all nine shots she faced in the final period to pick up her 10th win of the year. Ott finishes the season with a record of 5-15-3 following the loss despite racking up 29 saves on 31 shots in game two.
UNH ends the regular season with a 14-15-4 record overall, 10-8-3 in Hockey East, and will host Providence College in the quarterfinals of the Hockey East Playoffs.
UMaine loses the season series to UNH, following their 2-1 loss to the Wildcats Nov. 17. The Black Bears finish the regular season with a record of 5-23-4, 2-16-3 in conference, and will travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to take on No. 2 Boston College in their Hockey East quarterfinal matchup on Friday, March 1. Puck drop for that game is set for 7 p.m.