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Women’s ice hockey earns two ties over weekend, still winless in 2013

Women’s ice hockey earns two ties over weekend, still winless in 2013

By Jacob Posik

The University of Maine women’s ice hockey team is now 0-5-3 on the year and 0-1-3 in conference play after tying Hockey East foes Northeastern University and the University of Connecticut at home over the weekend.

The Black Bears continue the hunt for their first win of the season when they travel to Boston University for a two game set Nov. 9-10.

Black Bears draw with Northeastern 1-1

UMaine tied Hockey East rival Northeastern by a score of 1-1 in physical battle Friday night at Alfond Arena. The Huskies move to 4-5-1 on the young season.

It was an up-and-down contest from the opening puck drop, with both teams earning several breakaway chances that led to scrums in front of the goaltenders.

The Black Bears struck first just over six minutes in on a goal by senior defender Kelly McDonald who stole the puck in the UMaine zone and sent a pass up ice to junior forward Jennifer More in front of the net. More sent a wrist shot at Huskies junior goaltender Chloe Desjardins. Desjardins deflected the puck with her glove before McDonald recovered the rebound and put it home for her first tally of the year.

“Once I saw the rebound come back at me, I knew I was going to score, and I just chipped it by her,” McDonald said.

The Huskies answered five minutes into the second period on a shorthanded score when senior forward Katie MacSorley stole the puck on a UMaine power play. She carried the puck up ice and scored on Black Bear sophomore netminder Meghann Treacy to knot the score at one.

Neither team was capable of scoring in the third period despite eight shots from both sides, sending the game to overtime.

UMaine earned the only two scoring chances of a tightly-fought overtime period. Desjardins stopped both attempts to finish with 25 total saves Friday night. Treacy made 27 saves in net for the Black Bears.

The physical game included 11 combined penalties from the two teams. The Black Bears were able to hang with Northeastern because of their stellar defensive play led by sophomore Kelsey MacSorley, junior Brittney Huneke and sophomore Brooklyn Langlois.

“I really liked how we played defense tonight,” UMaine coach Richard Reichenbach said. “I think playing Mercyhurst last weekend helped us improve a ton defensively, and our girls are really starting to grow up back there.”

The Huskies outshot UMaine 28-26 overall. Neither team was successful on the power play, with the Black Bears’ 0-7 showing and Northeastern’s 0-5 effort.

UMaine blows third period lead, ties UConn 4-4

The Black Bears relinquished a three-goal lead in the third period to tie UConn by a score of 4-4 Sunday afternoon. Goals by More, sophomore forward Audra Richards, junior forward Katy Massey and sophomore forward Abbey Cook helped the Black Bears gain the lead before letting up four total goals and three unanswered tallies in the final nine minutes of action.

 

“We were playing the scoreboard,” Reichenbach said after the game. “We are a young team, and we couldn’t close out. We were making mistakes, and instead of playing hard like we were all game, we were making mistakes and playing the scoreboard instead of the game at hand.”

 

UMaine got things started in the first period when More took a shot off a rebound from sophomore forward Jillian Langtry. The puck deflected off UConn sophomore netminder Elaine Chuli. Chuli was able to save the initial shot by Langtry with her glove but couldn’t recover in time to stop More’s rebound effort.

 

The Black Bears continued to pour it on in the second period. McDonald set up Richards for a slap shot that soared passed Chuli just five minutes in. UMaine scored again moments later when freshman forward Eve Boissonnealt sent a slap shot at net that was deflected before reaching the crease. Making the deflection was Massey, who seemed shocked when the puck went five-hole on Chuli.

 

“I didn’t even shoot, I more or less just deflected it,” Massey said. “I couldn’t even see the puck, there were so many people in front of the net, and I didn’t even know it went in until I heard the horn sound and saw my teammates surrounding me.”

 

UConn began mounting its comeback with 9:03 remaining in regulation when sophomore forward Michela Cava received a pass from freshman forward Kelly Harris that she sniped over the shoulder of Treacy for a power play goal.

 

UMaine answered with a goal of their own with five minutes remaining when Cook chipped the puck past Chuli on a pass from McDonald. It was McDonald’s second assist of the night.

 

UConn scored three times in the final five minutes to send the game to extra time. A second tally from Cava and goals from senior defender Erin Burns and junior forward Kayla Campero helped lift the Huskies to a 4-4 tie. Neither team was capable of scoring in overtime.

 

UMaine outshot UConn in the contest 38-24. Treacy made 20 saves in net for the Black Bears while Chuli managed 34 stops for the Huskies.

 

UConn will travel to Boston to take on BU Nov. 6 before hosting Providence College Nov. 10.

 

By Jacob Posik

The University of Maine women’s ice hockey team is now 0-5-3 on the year and 0-1-3 in conference play after tying Hockey East foes Northeastern University and the University of Connecticut at home over the weekend.

The Black Bears continue the hunt for their first win of the season when they travel to Boston University for a two game set Nov. 9-10.

 Black Bears draw with Northeastern 1-1

UMaine tied Hockey East rival Northeastern by a score of 1-1 in physical battle Friday night at Alfond Arena. The Huskies move to 4-5-1 on the young season.

It was an up-and-down contest from the opening puck drop, with both teams earning several breakaway chances that led to scrums in front of the goaltenders.

The Black Bears struck first just over six minutes in on a goal by senior defender Kelly McDonald who stole the puck in the UMaine zone and sent a pass up ice to junior forward Jennifer More in front of the net. More sent a wrist shot at Huskies junior goaltender Chloe Desjardins. Desjardins deflected the puck with her glove before McDonald recovered the rebound and put it home for her first tally of the year.

“Once I saw the rebound come back at me, I knew I was going to score, and I just chipped it by her,” McDonald said.

The Huskies answered five minutes into the second period on a shorthanded score when senior forward Katie MacSorley stole the puck on a UMaine power play. She carried the puck up ice and scored on Black Bear sophomore netminder Meghann Treacy to knot the score at one.

Neither team was capable of scoring in the third period despite eight shots from both sides, sending the game to overtime.

UMaine earned the only two scoring chances of a tightly-fought overtime period. Desjardins stopped both attempts to finish with 25 total saves Friday night. Treacy made 27 saves in net for the Black Bears.

The physical game included 11 combined penalties from the two teams. The Black Bears were able to hang with Northeastern because of their stellar defensive play led by sophomore Kelsey MacSorley, junior Brittney Huneke and sophomore Brooklyn Langlois.

“I really liked how we played defense tonight,” UMaine coach Richard Reichenbach said. “I think playing Mercyhurst last weekend helped us improve a ton defensively, and our girls are really starting to grow up back there.”

The Huskies outshot UMaine 28-26 overall. Neither team was successful on the power play, with the Black Bears’ 0-7 showing and Northeastern’s 0-5 effort.

UMaine blows third period lead, ties UConn 4-4

The Black Bears relinquished a three-goal lead in the third period to tie UConn by a score of 4-4 Sunday afternoon. Goals by More, sophomore forward Audra Richards, junior forward Katy Massey and sophomore forward Abbey Cook helped the Black Bears gain the lead before letting up four total goals and three unanswered tallies in the final nine minutes of action.

“We were playing the scoreboard,” Reichenbach said after the game. “We are a young team, and we couldn’t close out. We were making mistakes, and instead of playing hard like we were all game, we were making mistakes and playing the scoreboard instead of the game at hand.”

UMaine got things started in the first period when More took a shot off a rebound from sophomore forward Jillian Langtry. The puck deflected off UConn sophomore netminder Elaine Chuli. Chuli was able to save the initial shot by Langtry with her glove but couldn’t recover in time to stop More’s rebound effort.

The Black Bears continued to pour it on in the second period. McDonald set up Richards for a slap shot that soared passed Chuli just five minutes in. UMaine scored again moments later when freshman forward Eve Boissonnealt sent a slap shot at net that was deflected before reaching the crease. Making the deflection was Massey, who seemed shocked when the puck went five-hole on Chuli.

“I didn’t even shoot, I more or less just deflected it,” Massey said. “I couldn’t even see the puck, there were so many people in front of the net, and I didn’t even know it went in until I heard the horn sound and saw my teammates surrounding me.”

UConn began mounting its comeback with 9:03 remaining in regulation when sophomore forward Michela Cava received a pass from freshman forward Kelly Harris that she sniped over the shoulder of Treacy for a power play goal.

UMaine answered with a goal of their own with five minutes remaining when Cook chipped the puck past Chuli on a pass from McDonald. It was McDonald’s second assist of the night.

UConn scored three times in the final five minutes to send the game to extra time. A second tally from Cava and goals from senior defender Erin Burns and junior forward Kayla Campero helped lift the Huskies to a 4-4 tie. Neither team was capable of scoring in overtime.

UMaine outshot UConn in the contest 38-24. Treacy made 20 saves in net for the Black Bears while Chuli managed 34 stops for the Huskies.

UConn will travel to Boston to take on BU Nov. 6 before hosting Providence College Nov. 10.