|University of New Hampshire||UMaine|
ORONO, Maine – Capturing their third shut-out of the season, the University of Maine Black Bears were backed by net minder Carly Jackson making 28 saves to ensure the 3-0 victory over the University of New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon at the Alfond Arena.
Lydia Murray dominated the ice earning a pair of assists after putting the Black Bears (17-9-4, 11-6-3 WHEA) on the scoreboard with an early goal in the first two minutes of the game. She caught the tip of her stick on a shot by Mikayla Rogers which deflected past Ava Boutilier in net for the Wildcats. Josefine Engmann tallied her second assist against UNH (13-11-7, 8-8-5 WHEA) this weekend while Rogers recorded her second helper of the season as Maine went up 1-0.
The Wildcats held off the Black Bears until 7:22 into the middle frame when Murray and Catherine Tufts found just the right angles to pass in between UNH defenders and find Vendula Pribylova. Pribylova worked the angle on the goalie and hit the back of the net for her sixth goal of the season giving Maine the 2-0 advantage.
Despite out-shooting Maine 28-16 with shots on frame, UNH fell behind by three goals in the final two minutes after pulling Boutilier from net for the extra man advantage. Alyson Matteau found her fifth goal of the season on an empty net with assists dished out by Murray and Tufts to close out the match blanking the Wildcats, 3-0.
Boutilier turned away 13 shots for UNH throughout the afternoon, giving up two goals. Her defenders helped out stepping in front of 14 shots.
The Maine women’s hockey team will travel to Rhode Island for their last road series of the regular season to take on nationally ranked, No. 9 Providence College. With Maine’s shutout over UNH, the Black Bears jumped up to second place in the conference, knocking Providence down to third. Puck will drop on Saturday, February 10 at 2 p.m.