Black Bears get NLIs from Ott, 2 others

Posted May 13, 2009, at 12:10 a.m.

Brittany Ott of St. Clair Shores, Mich., will team with Candice Currier to help fill the void left by departed goalie Genevieve Turgeon with the University of Maine women’s hockey team next season.

Ott is one of three players who signed National Letters of Intent to attend Maine.

The others are forwards Brittany Dougherty of Chesterfield, Mich., and Brianne Kilgour from Hamilton, Ontario.

Maine went 5-23-5 last season and graduated Turgeon and leading scorer Vanessa Vani.

“This is another piece to the puzzle. It’s another solid class,” said Maine coach Dan Lichterman.

Ott and Dougherty played for the Little Caesar’s 19-Under team in the Midwest League and Kilgour played for the Hamilton Junior Hawks.

The 5-foot-3 Ott helped lead Little Caesar’s to the 2008 USA Hockey national championship game.

“She hates to lose and the best thing is she and Candice will help each other and will be part of a good goaltending team. Both offer something different. Candice is 5-10 and more technical while Ott is 5-3 and is a scrambler. She’s also like a third defenseman with the way she plays the puck,” said Lichterman.

Currier played in four games as a freshman last year.

The 5-7 Dougherty, who had 65 points in 55 games last year, is a “power forward who goes hard to the net and creates chances that way” according to Lichterman. “She’s a good, two-way player who knows her way around her own end.”

The 5-4 Kilgour, who had 55 points in 52 games, is a “crafty forward who is very good defensively. She’s a fierce competitor. She’s also a triathlete,” said Lichterman.

Their coming to Maine is contingent upon their admission to the school and meeting NCAA eligibility requirements.

lmahoney@bangordailynews.net

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