In their first visit to Lewiston’s Androscoggin Bank Colisee last season, the University of Maine women’s hockey team battled to a 2-2 tie with Vermont before losing in the shootout.
They return to Lewiston tonight to face Boston University.
“Lewiston is a great hockey town. The people there love their hockey, and they love the University of Maine,” said Maine coach Dan Lichterman. “It’s a great place to play. It’s nice for us to get around the state and let people know we’re out there.”
A crowd of 263 was on hand last year.
“It was the first really bad weather night of the fall, but we still had a pretty good crowd. The building is loud and it was a good game,” he said.
Following tonight’s game, the Bears will sign autographs before returning to their hotel.
They will practice in Lewiston on Wednesday before traveling to Boston to catch an early Thanksgiving Day flight to Minneapolis-St. Paul. They will have Thanksgiving dinner at the home of freshman goalie Kylie Smith in Apple Valley, Minn., before eventually moving on to the University of North Dakota for afternoon games Friday and Saturday.
“It’s going to be like an NHL road trip,” said Lichterman. “It’ll be fun for our kids to get out. All they have to worry about is hockey. There aren’t any classes. It will be a good little mental break.”
His team is coming off a 1-0 win at Northeastern on Nov. 15 after losing the first night 5-1.
“We generated a ton of scoring chances. It was very encouraging,” said Lichterman, whose Bears put 69 shots on goal in the two games.
Left wing Taryn Peacock and the line of Dominique Goutsis between Amy Stech and Brittany Dougherty turned in exceptional performances in the series, said Lichterman.