|UMaine||University of New Hampshire|
DURHAM, N.H. — All the action occurred in the first period on Saturday afternoon in the matchup between the Maine Black Bears and University of New Hampshire Wildcats (UNH). Despite an early goal by Michelle Weis in the first minutes of the game, the Black Bears couldn’t comeback from the two goals scored by the Wildcats in the opening frame, dropping the match, 2-1 to UNH.
The Black Bears found themselves in an immediate power play in the first minutes of the game picking up an early force of momentum. After firing multiple shots towards Wildcat’s goalie Ava Boutilier, Weis skated after a shot by line mate Vendula Pribylova, knocking the puck into the back of the net for her first NCAA goal. Pribylova grabbed her second assist of the season.
Tying up the score, 1-1, with 6:40 remaining in the first frame, Carlee Turner tucked away the puck past Maine goaltender Carly Jackson for her first goal of the year. Assists were given to Taylor Wenczkowski and Jenna Rheault.
Breaking into a 2-1 lead with two seconds left on a UNH power play, Wildcat’s Julia Fedeski skated into an opening for a clear angle finding the top shelf with 3:12 remaining in the first period. The puck was passed off by Meghara McManus and Carlee Toews for assists.
Both teams saw a fairly quiet second period, with Maine taking over the attack outshooting UNH 18-13 throughout the first two frames. Evenly matched on faceoffs, the two teams split 30 even. Lydia Murry possessed the most faceoff wins out of anyone with seven going into the third period. Defensively, the Wildcats protected their rookie in net, blocking 12 shots.
After escaping some penalty trouble late in the game, Maine found themselves on a power play with under two minutes left in the match. Unfortunately, the Black Bears (5-3-0, 1-1-0 WHEA) couldn’t sneak another one past Boutilier, dropping the game to UNH. This win helped the Wildcats (5-1-1, 3-1-1 WHEA) slide into first place in the Hockey East standings.
Jackson (4-3-0) closed out the match with 20 saves while Boutilier (5-1-1) made 25 to grab the win. The Wildcats nearly caught up with the Black Bears in total shots in the final minutes, but Maine edged out UNH in shots 26-22. As a team, UNH prevented 17 shots from reaching their net while Maine’s defenders stepped in front of 10.
The Black Bears will trek down to Massachusetts tomorrow for another Hockey East matchup against No. 3 Boston College for a 2 p.m. puck drop.