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Black Bears fall short in a battle with the Terriers

The University of Maine Women’s Hockey team took on the Boston University women’s hockey team on Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. The Black Bears fell short to the Terriers 4-3, but they fought to the end. 

It was the Black Bears’ second home game of the season. The starting lineup for the Black Bears’ was fifth-year Ida Kuoppala, fourth-year Rahel Enzler, fifth-year Anne-Frederique Guay, first-year Sophia Johnson, fourth-year Elise Morphy and first-year Julia Bachetti in the net. 

In the first period, UMaine looked strong. The Black Bears held possession of the puck for the first part of the period. The Terriers scored, making the game 1-0 heading into the second period. The goal was scored with four minutes left in the period thanks to fourth-year Andi Caldone, assisted by Lacey Martin. Julia Bachetti made some big saves throughout the period. The period ended with The Terriers having 14 shots on net and no penalties, while the Black Bears had four shots on net and two penalties. 

In the second period, the Terriers had a power play to start the period. For most of the period, the amount of possession was balanced. Maine scored with 12 minutes left in the period. The goal was scored by second-year forward Alyssa Wruble, unassisted.

The Terriers responded with a goal with 8 minutes left in the period. The goal was by fourth-year Lacey Martin, assisted by third-year Maggie Hanzel. A minute later, the Terriers scored another goal, a goal scored by Terriers second-year Sydney Hailey, assisted by fourth-year Catherine Foulem. 

A minute later, the Black Bears’ leading goal scorer, Kuoppala, was on a breakaway and scored, making the score 3-2. The goal was assisted by Anne-Frederique Guay. The period ended with the Terriers having 31 shots on net while the Black Bears had 11. Maine had the only two penalties in the period. It was a stronger period for the Black Bears, and they had the most possession. 

In the third period, the Black Bears looked to tie the game up. The Black Bears scored a power-play goal. The goal scored by Kuoppala tying the game. Kuoppala has nine goals on the season. The goal was scored with 16 minutes left in the game. Maine fought most of the period until the Terriers got a power play with eight minutes left. The Terriers’ goal was scored by second-year Clara Yuhn, assisted by fifth-year Nadia Mattivi and fifth-year Tamara Giaquinto. This was Yuhn’s first goal of the season. 

The Terriers ended with one penalty for interference, while the Black Bears had two penalties, one for too many skaters and the other for slashing. Overall, the period was dominated by the Black Bears, with many shots on the net, but they could not get past the Terriers’ goaltender.

The Black Bears hit the road for the next few games to continue conference play. The Black Bears will head to Boston to take on the Boston College Eagles next weekend. The puck will drop at 2 p.m. next Friday in Boston.

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