BOSTON, Massachusetts – The Black Bears Women’s Ice Hockey team traveled to Boston to face Northeastern in a one-game series Saturday afternoon, where the Black Bears were down for the first 2 periods and tried to make a comeback in the third, but in the end Northeastern was able to hold on to their 3-2 lead for the victory.
The first period saw Northeastern getting on the board early with Hockey East Player of the Month Denisa Krizova getting a power play goal to put NU up 1-0. Northeastern out-shot Maine 11-6 in the period, while killing 2 Maine penalties in the period while converting on their only power play of the period.
In the second, Northeastern got another early power play goal, this one 1:24 into the period, this one from Paige Savage, giving Northeastern a 2-0 lead. They out-shot Maine 16-9 in the period, although Northeastern had 3 power plays to Maine’s 2, of which they converted one and Maine converted none.
The third period started with another early goal from the Huskies, this one 3:00 into the period from McKenna Brand, who gave Northeastern a 3-0 lead on the even-strength goal. It looked like the score would hold, but the Black Bears had other plans; outshooting Northeastern 11-8 in the third period, Maine couldn’t find the back of the net until 13:45 into the period as Catherine Tufts scored her 4th goal of the season, from Emilie Brigham and Lydia Murray, putting Maine on the board. The Black Bears would continue to rally and eventually pull goaltender Carly Jackson in several special teams situations in the third, eventually pulling her in desperation with 1 minute remaining, and 3 seconds later Brooke Stacey was able to put one home, with assists to her line-mates Morgan Sakundiak and Tereza Vanišová, cutting the lead to 1 goal.
The Black Bears could not get the third, tying goal, however, and Northeastern would hold on for the 3-2 victory; their goaltender, and Hockey East Goaltender of the Month Brittany Bulgalski, who allowed 2 goals and made 24 saves on 26 Maine shots, gets the win for the Huskies. Carly Jackson for Maine stopped 32 of 35 shots faced, but ends up with the loss.
The Black Bears are now 1-6-0 in conference play.