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Black Bears split weekend with Big Green after big win Sunday

On Saturday, Nov. 4 the University of Maine Black Bears(6-5-0) traveled to Dartmouth(2-4-0) to take on the Big Green. Although the Black Bears recorded more shots on goal, they were shut out by the Big Green with a final score of 3-0.

Starting for the Black Bears was first-year left winger Michelle Weis, fourth-year center Brooke Stacey, second-year right winger Jessica Jaques, second-year left defender Brittany Kucera and fourth-year right defender Mikayla Rogers. Second-year goaltender Carly Jackson started in the net for the Black Bears.

For Dartmouth, first-year left winger Jennifer Costa, fourth-year center Morgan Turner and third-year right winger Kate Landers started on offense with second-year left defender Bailee Brekke and second-year right defender Sydney Hill on defense. Third-year goaltender Christie Honor started in goal and took the win on the night.

The first period saw no scoring although Maine had nine shots on net and Dartmouth had eight. Both teams received penalties during the period, but neither team was able to capitalize on the power play opportunity.

It wasn’t until 13:42 into the period that there was any scoring action. Fourth-year defender Hailey Noronha collected the loose puck and found second-year forward Sabrina Huett in the crease. Huett netted the puck in the left corner to put Dartmouth in the lead. This was Huett’s first career goal and the only goal of the period.

The next goal came four minutes into the third period. Second-year forward Cecilia Lopez made a backhanded shot on goal, but it was saved by Jackson. Lopez took the rebound, backhanding the shot again and this time finding the back of the net. This was Lopez’s first goal on the season. Last season she netted two goals.

The Big Green netted one more goal before the game ended. With 12 seconds remaining in the game Landers scored an empty net goal. This finished the scoring for the game with Dartmouth shutting out the Black Bears 3-0. The Black Bears had 37 shots on goal, while Dartmouth recorded 27. Black Bear’s third-year forward Cailey Hutchison led both teams in shots on goal, with eight shots. Stacey, fourth-year forward Catherine Tufts and Lopez each logged four shots on goal. Honor took the win, bringing her to 2-3-0, while Jackson took the loss giving her a 4-4-0 record.

Both teams will return to the ice Sunday Nov. 5 at 2 p.m.


Black Bears return to beat Dartmouth, splitting the series

The Black Bears and the Big Green returned to the ice Sunday at 2 p.m. to complete their series. This time the Black Bears came out on top, besting Dartmouth 7-2, leaving the weekend split between the two teams.

Dartmouth started with the same people on the ice, while the Black Bears opted to switch their starting lineup. On offense was Tufts, second-year center Vendula Pribylova and second-year right winger Lydia Murray. On defense was first-year defender Anna Zikova and fourth-year defender Kristin Gilmour. First-year goaltender Loryn Porter was in the goal for the Black Bears.

The Black Bears came out shooting with the first period ending 4-1, with all the goals scored within ten minutes of each other. Two and a half minutes into the game, the Black Bears netted their first goal when Pribylova scored the first goal unassisted.

Less than a minute later the Black Bears scored again bringing the score to 2-0. Second-year forward Tereza Vanisova and Pribylova assisted Tufts to net the puck. This was Tufts’ second goal of the season.

Dartmouth responded with a goal of their own when Noronha intercepted a pass meant for a Black Bear and scored off of it.

Maine did not let Dartmouth get the upper hand with this goal, scoring again 17 seconds after Dartmouth’s goal. Vanisova got the assist from Stacey, who won the faceoff in Dartmouth’s offensive zone, to net her fourth goal of the season.

Just after the 10-minute mark, Stacey scored a goal of her own off of an assist from Weis and second-year defender Ebba Strandberg. This would complete the scoring for the period, putting Maine ahead of Dartmouth 4-1. Maine outshot Dartmouth by one shot, 9-8.

Maine was the only team to find the back of the net in the second period, beating Dartmouth in shots on goal 11-6. Stacey scored her second goal of the game, just one minute into the period. Stacey received a pass from Vanisova and netted it right between Honor’s legs.

With five minutes remaining in the period, Strandberg passed the puck to Vanisova who was able to get past a Dartmouth defender and pass it to Hutchinson to give Maine a five point lead over Dartmouth to end the second period.

In the last period Dartmouth found the back of the net once more, but it was not enough to get past the Black Bears. They also changed their goaltender from Honor to third-year Shannon Ropp.

Noronha and third-year defender Caroline Shaunessy were able to get the puck at the blue line and pass it up to Lopez. Lopez put the puck in the net, to the right of Porter, giving Dartmouth their final point of the game on the power play.

Maine netted their last goal in the last two minutes of play, as first-year defender Maggie Blair scored her first career goal off of an assist from Strandberg and Jaques. The final period saw 11 shots on goal from Maine compared to seven from Dartmouth.

Porter took the win on the night, bringing her record to 2-1-0. Honor took the loss, bringing her to 2-4-0.

The Black Bears will return home to play Northeastern on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dartmouth will stay home to host Yale on Friday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.

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