STORRS, Connecticut – The Black Bears, after allowing 4 unanswered goals, could not complete the comeback against UConn on Friday evening as they lost to the Huskies 5-3; Maine scored 3 goals in the final period and a half but were could not overcome the 2-goal deficit.
The first period saw UConn taking a very quick lead over Maine, outshooting the Black Bears 11-7 in the period; they opened up the scoring 3:57 into the period on a goal from Kayla Mee, and added another goal 9:21 into the period from Briana Colangelo, giving UConn a 2-0 lead after 1 period.
The Huskies opened up the second period by scoring two more goals; one 7:55 into the period from Jamie fox and the other 15:23 into the period from Briana Colangelo, giving UConn a 4-0 lead. Maine would answer back in the last 30 seconds of the period as Vendula Pribylova took a feed from Catherine Tufts to put the Black Bears on the board, 4-1 after 2 periods.
The third period was a back and forth affair, once again seeing 3 total goals; Maine started off the scoring 2:47 into the final period as Pribylova scored her second of the game to make it a 2-goal game. UConn would go on the power play midway through the period and answered back with a goal from Catherine Crawley 10:10 into the period.
Just over a minute later Maine would answer right back as Brooke Stacey took a feed from Vendula Pribylova and Tereza Vanisova to make it a 2-goal game once again. Despite a late power play opportunity for Maine and several chance, Maine could not finalize the comeback and they fall 5-3.
Maine goaltender Carly Jackson gets the loss after stopping 10 of 14 shots faced, her record is now 2-10-0; Mariah Fujimagari came into the game 15 minutes into the second period in relief of Jackson and stopped 7 of 8 shots faced. UConn goaltender Annie Belanger stopped 23 of Maine’s 25 shots on net in the victory.
Maine is back in action on Saturday, November 26th, in Auburn Maine against New Hampshire.