ORONO, Maine – Capturing their second Hockey East win of the season, the Black Bears improved their overall record to 7-5-0 as they defeated Northeastern, 4-2, in a game riddled with penalties at the Alfond Arena late Tuesday evening.
Carly Jackson picked up her fifth win of the season in net for Maine as both herself and Friar’s goaltender Brittany Bugalski registered 20 saves apiece. Vendula Pribylova contributed to the Black Bear win by dishing out a couple of assists.
Opening up and closing scoring in the game was Catherine Tufts with a pair of goals for Maine. Following a silent first period and just as Northeastern’s player stepped out of the penalty box, Tufts backhanded a shot that was screened enough to sneak past Bugalski for the first goal of the game with 19:28 on the clock in the second frame. Her final goal of the match, the lone goal in the third stanza, was surprisingly the only power play point of the game. Midway through the final frame the Friars found themselves in an unfortunate situation with two players in the box to Maine’s one. A mere five seconds into the power play for the Black Bears, Tufts jumped into action to cushion their lead to two goals to finish out the night. Tereza Vanisova and Anna Zikova passed off the puck for assists.
Tying the score up 6:07 into the second stanza, Matti Hartman was standing at the perfect spot in front of Jackson in net to deflect a deep shot taken by defender Ainsley MacMillan. Brooke Hobson also earned an assist with this goal.
Four minutes later, Northeastern was on a power play and with seven seconds remaining before Maine returned their player to the ice, Michelle Weis received the puck from Brooke Stacey and took off on a breakaway. Shorthanded, the Black Bears reclaimed the lead, 2-1. Brittany Kucera helped clear the puck out of their defensive zone for an assist.
Maine saw two unanswered goals before Northeastern responded again. First from Alyson Matteau off of a pass from Vanisova, seeing an open opportunity for a shot, Matteau one-timed the puck directly home. In the final five minutes of the second period, the Friars found their voice to cut the deficit after McKenna Brand caused a crucial turnover, then passing off the puck to teammate Veronika Pettey who sent the puck flying in just under the crossbar. Northeastern only trailed by one goal well into the final stanza, until Tufts netted her second goal of the game, helping secure the 4-2 victory.
Maine will be meeting up with Northeastern again with a change of scenery as they venture down to the Friar’s home ice the following week. The Black Bears will be keeping busy until then with two more matches against two different teams this weekend. Maine will kick off the weekend hosting Providence for a night game on Friday, Nov 10, with a day to recoup in between before facing off against the University of Connecticut on Sunday afternoon.