ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine women’s ice hockey team scored two goals in the third period for a 3-2 comeback win over Boston University on Saturday afternoon at Alfond Arena. Maine had goals by Pam Patterson and Vanessa Vani, and Sonia Corriveau had the game winner with 3:40 left in the game. The game was the final home game for six Maine seniors, who were honored in a ceremony before the game. Maine is 10-18-2 overall and 5-13-2 in Hockey East play. Boston University is 18-11-3 overall and 9-8-2 in conference games.
The Black Bears had the first two power play chances of the game and were able to get several quality chances on net. After a brief four-on-four, the Terriers went on the power play. But just three seconds into the advantage, Pam Patterson (Miracmichi, New Brunswick) stole the puck at the blue line and went in alone for an unassisted shorthanded goal at 10:21. It was the first shorthanded goal of the season for Maine. On the same power play, Boston University was able to tie the game when Melissa Anderson passed the puck across the low slot and found Erin Seman on the right side of the net for a goal. Gina Kearns also had an assist on the goal at 11:12. Both teams had additional power play chances late in the period, but neither team could break the 1-1 tie. Boston University had a seven to six lead on shots in the first period.
Maine had the first four shots on goal in the second period, but it was Boston University who took the lead. At 3:30, Melissa Anderson took advantage of a turnover in front of the Maine net and scored an unassisted goal. The penalties kept mounting in the second period as well, with both teams being called for three penalties each. Despite the six total power play opportunities in the period, neither team could get a shot past the goalies. The Terriers had a ten to nine lead on shots in the period.
In the third period, Boston University had the first three shots on net. Then with the Terriers on their sixth power play of the game, Maine kept the puck in the Boston zone and did not allow a shot. Vanessa Vani (St. Catherines, Ontario) hit the cross bar with Maine on the power play at 7:38 in the period. The Black Bears tied the game when Vanessa Vani drew Terrier goalie Allyse Wilcox to the right, which allowed Jenna Ouellette (Winnipeg, Manitoba) to bury the puck leftside at 12:32. Maine went on the power play with just 4:54 left in the game and were able to take the lead. Sonia Corriveau (Rouyn-Nornda, Quebec) had the power play goal with assists from Kate Sunstrum (London, Ontario) and Brigitte Laflamme (St.-Augustin, Quebec) at 16:20. Boston University pulled Allyse Wilcox with 1:05 remaining in the game. With just seven seconds left, the Terriers went on the power play. Maine won the face-off and the final Boston University shot by Gina Kearns went just wide of the net as time expired.
In goal, Maine’s Rachel Gettings (Watervliet, N.Y.) had 20 saves and two goals against. For Boston University, Allyse Wilcox had 16 saves with three goals against. Maine had nine penalties for 18 minutes and Boston University had nine penalties for 18 minutes. On power plays, Maine was 1-9 and Boston University was 1-9. Boston University had a 22 to 19 advantage on shots in the game. The attendance of 477 was the largest home crowd of the season.
Maine will play the final game of the season on Saturday at 7:30 pm at Boston College. For more information on University of Maine athletics, visit www.GoBlackBears.com.