ORONO, Maine – Freshman Loryn Porter paved the way to a homecoming win for the Black Bears, holding off No. 10 Robert Morris’ attack to capture her first collegiate victory, 5-2, on Saturday afternoon at the Alfond Arena.
Porter not only captured her first win, but also saw her first time on the ice as a Black Bear. By the end of the match, the rookie had shut down 38 shots while holding the Colonials (3-1-0) scoreless until the third period. Maine (4-2-0) defense helped immensely, blocking an additional 12 shots.
Both teams found themselves in penalty trouble, after Maine broke ahead 3-0 early in the second period, putting on the pressure for RMU to step up their game.
Maine capitalized on the first powerplay of the game with 9:36 on the clock in the first period, as Daria Tereshkina slotted the puck directly through RMU’s defense to Tereza Vanisova who put it away. Alyson Matteau grabbed the secondary assist.
After notching her first collegiate point with the assist, Tereshkina was ready for more. Following up on a rebounded shot by Vanisova, the rookie sneakily tapped the puck in behind the goalie for her first collegiate goal, putting the Black Bears up 2-0 at 14:39 in the opening period. Fellow line mate, Brooke Stacey also added on an assist.
The Black Bears potted their third unanswered goal starting with a pass directly in front of the net from Brittany Kucera to Tereshkina who knocked a shot off RMU’s goalie Lauren Bailey. In swooped Stacey to tuck a low shot into the corner, 6:22 into the second.
The Colonials responded with two back-to-back goals of their own in the first ten minutes of the final period, narrowing the score gap to 3-2. Jessica Gazzola opened scoring for RMU, putting away her 15th career goal and first of the season, unassisted. Five minutes later, the Colonial’s dynamic duo from last night’s game struck again. Brittany Howard slapped a shot into the net with assist by Maggie Lague.
Stacey found the back of the net yet again with 6:34 remaining to increase the lead 4-2. Vanisova dished out her second assist of the game and then followed up with the final goal of the match after RMU pulled Bailey, she slid the puck across the ice into the empty net to help the Black Bears capture the 5-2 victory.
By the end of the day, Vanisova registered four points off two goals and two assists and Stacey recorded three points with two goals and one assist.
The Colonials outshot the Black Bears 40-to-23, while Bailey earned 18 saves in between the posts for RMU.
The Maine women’s ice hockey team will be back at the Alfond Arena for their first Hockey East Conference matchup as they take on Boston University for a single game on Friday, October 20 with puck drop at 2 p.m.