BOSTON, Mass. – Despite showering the Huskies with shots in the final minutes of the game, the Maine Black Bears dropped the match on Saturday afternoon, 3-0, to Northeastern (7-6-2, 5-3-1).
Late into the first period, Skylar Fontaine took her time, casually setting herself up for a deep slap shot from the point as the Huskies were on the power play. As the puck sailed towards the left corner, Maine goaltender Carly Jackson committed to one side, but unfortunately the puck had other plans as it deflected off a Maine defender to the opposite side of the net. Codie Cross received the early assist on the play, putting the Huskies in the lead, 1-0, with 5:52 left in the first period.
Going into the third stanza, the Black Bears (8-6-1, 3-3-1) defense stood strong blocking 12 shots to help out Jackson’s 18 saves. Offensively, Maine led the attack sending 22 shots on frame to Northeastern’s 19.
Just seconds after killing a Maine power play, McKenna Brand stole the puck at center ice and broke away directly towards net stopping short just in front of the crease with a wrist shot into the back of the net unassisted. With this goal, the Huskies extended their lead, 2-0, with 14:06 on the clock in the final frame.
In the final seven minutes of the match, Maine fired a total of 14 shots towards net split evenly between blocks and saves. With 1:59 to go, the Black Bears made the decision to pull Jackson for the extra offensive momentum to attempt a comeback. Unfortunately, with 25.5 seconds to remaining, the puck slipped loose in the neutral zone and was picked up Taytum Clairmont for an empty net goal, cushioning the win to 3-0. Assists were given to Maddie Hartman and Ainsley MacMillan.
Aerin Frankel earned a 39-save shutout in net for Northeastern, her second shutout this season. In net for the Black Bears, Jackson shut down 23 shots.
The Black Bears will get a chance at redemption at the Matthews Arena tomorrow as they face Northeastern again at 2 p.m.