Orono, Maine- The University of Maine women's ice hockey team lost their season opener to Mercyhurst, 5-2, on Saturday afternoon at Alfond Arena. Maine's two goals both came from rookie Black Bear's. Fifth ranked Mercyhurst improve to a 1-0-0 record. With the loss the Black Bears fall to 0-1-0.
Freshman Taryn Peacock (Calgary Alberta) scored a power-play goal in the first period to even the score at 1-1. The goal was assisted by sophomore Robyn Law (Markham, Ontario) who is a transfer this year from Mercyhurst and sophomore Vanessa Vani (St. Catherines, Ontario).
The Black Bears couldn't get a lead with Mercyhurst scoring two unanswered goals to bring them ahead 3-1. Maine's second goal of the game was a rebound attempt by freshman Jenna Ouellette (Winnipeg, Manitoba). The assist on the goal is credited to senior Sonia Corriveau (Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec) who had the initial shot.
Even though she earned a loss on the game, sophomore goaltender Genevieve Turgeon (Lac Beauport, Quebec) made an amazing 49 saves. Mercyhurst goalie Laura Hosier made 13 saves in the game.
The Black Bears return to action tomorrow when they finish up the two-game series with Mercyhurst. Game time at Alfond Arena is 11 am. For more information on Maine athletics, visit www.GoBlackBears.com.