HANOVER, N.H. — Maine dropped their first match at the Thompson Arena on Saturday afternoon against Dartmouth this weekend, 3-0, despite outshooting the Big Green 37-27.
The Black Bears (5-5-0, 1-2-0 WHEA) had an exciting moment on their first power play of the game midway through the second frame, as the puck broke loose in front of Dartmouth’s net, both teams crashed on top of it until it escaped out of the pile right under Big Green goalie Christine Honor’s glove.
Dartmouth’s (2-3-0, 1-2-0 ECAC) Sabrina Huett opened up the scoring in the match, 13:42 into the second period as the puck knocked off her stick from a slap shot by Hailey Noronha. Huett earned her first NCAA goal with this point. The Big Green held onto this 1-0 lead going into the third period as both teams displayed a strong attack with 19 shots apiece.
Swooping in with a backhander, Cecilia Lopez was shut down on her first attempt by Maine’s goaltender Carly Jackson, but just barely tapped the puck from behind as she skated off and saw her own rebound slowly glide over the goal line. Helping the Big Green increase their lead to 2-0 with 15:54 on the clock in the final period was an unassisted goal by Lopez for her first of the season.
The Black Bears controlled the puck in the final minutes of the third period, making a last attempt to cut the score deficit by pulling Jackson from net for an extra man on the ice with 2:45 remaining. Despite a huge defensive block by Anna Zikova in the final seconds of the match, Maine couldn’t quite protect their empty net as Kate Landers found it open with only 12 seconds left to close out the match with a win for Dartmouth, 3-0.
Honor stood strong in between the pipes for the Big Green, achieving 37 saves while Jackson grabbed 24 saves for the Black Bears.
Maine will have a chance at redemption against Dartmouth tomorrow, Sunday, Nov 5 at the Thompson Arena with a 2 p.m. puck drop.