PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Despite scoring first, the No. 9 Maine Black Bears were overtaken by the Providence Friars halfway through overtime, to fall 2-1 at the Schneider Arena on Sunday afternoon.
After two quiet periods, the Black Bears (17-10-5, 11-7-4 WHEA) struck first taking a 1-0 lead with 12:57 remaining in the final frame. Cailey Hutchison fed a pass in front of Catherine Tufts towards net as she knocked a shot off the far post and watched it bounce in behind Madison Myers in net. With this goal, Tufts registered her second against the Friars this weekend and her 10th of the season. Mikayla Rogers helped by dishing her third assist of the season.
With 7:31 left to play, a Providence (15-11-7, 11-7-5 WHEA) player was sent to the box for checking, putting Maine on the power play. Despite being down a man, Maureen Murphy stole the puck and found a clear path down the ice taking on Carly Jackson and finishing a shorthanded goal in the top left corner over her shoulder. Tying up the match midway through the Black Bear power play, 1-1, with an unassisted goal, Murphy tallied her 18th goal of the season.
The score remained tied through the end of the period as the two teams advanced into overtime for the third straight game this season. With only 2:03 remaining in extra minutes, Murphy took off on a breakaway leaving her once again one-on-one with Jackson. She faked to left and pushed the puck under Jackson over the goal to score her second unassisted goal of the game helping capture the 2-1 win for the Friars.
Jackson turned away 26 shots in net for the Black Bears while on the other end of the ice; Myers stopped a total of 29 shots.
The Black Bears will return home for their final series of the 2017-18 regular season as they take on No. 3 Boston College at the Alfond Arena next weekend. Maine women’s hockey will be hosting their senior game on Saturday, February 17th to cap off the season before playoffs.