ORONO, Maine – The Black Bears and Boston University Terriers battled in a back-and-forth game Friday afternoon, a game that saw 8 total goals scored and 3 different lead changes, but ultimately saw Maine falling to BU 5-3.
The game started off fast-paced, but low scoring in the first period; shots were fairly even, 9-8 in BU’s favor, and both teams had some good opportunities at the net, but in the last minute of the period BU finally broke the stalemate as Victoria Bach scored with 42 seconds remaining in the 1st, giving BU a 1-0 lead after one.
The second period was just as even but saw 4 total goals in the period with Maine outshooting BU 13-11; Maine’s first goal came 10:37 into the period as Alyson Matteau got her first goal of the year on a power play shot from out near the blue line which found the back of the net for Maine’s 5th power play goal of the season; assists went to Morgan Sakundiak and Vendula Pribylová. The game was once again tied, this time 1-1. BU broke the stalemate again 16:23 into the period as Samantha Sutherland answered right back to give BU a 2-1 lead.
Maine would then score 2 straight goals to end the period; the first was a fastbreak opportunity less than a minute after BU’s previous goal, 16:59 into the period, where Catherine Tufts skated the puck into the zone and took a shot which was saved by BU goaltender Erin O’Neil, but the rebound went to the skate of Brooke Stacey, bounced off the skate, and past O’Neil, to tie the game back up at 2-all. The game would remain tied until 37 seconds left in the period when Tereza Vanisova took a feed from Kara Washer and buried it to give Maine a 3-2 lead going into the second intermission.
In the third, both teams came out skating strong but eventually BU began to take control of the game, and 10 minutes into the final period Victoria Bach scored her second of the game to tie the game back up at 3-3. Then just 2 minutes later Mary Parker scored to retake the lead for BU 4-3, the 3rd lead change of the afternoon.
BU was able to hold on and score an empty netter with 1 second left in the game, the goal going to Victoria Bach for the hat trick and the insurance, as BU won the game 5-3.
Maine Goaltender Carly Jackson stopped 27 of 32 shots faced in the contest, her record is now 1-9-0 as the Black Bears are now 1-7-0 in conference. BU’s Goaltender Erin O’Neil made 26 saves on 29 Maine shots on goal, her record now 3-2-1 as the Terriers are at .500 in conference play, 4-4-0.