Kim Meagher nets game-winner on power play

ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's ice hockey team got a weekend sweep over North Dakota with a 5-4 overtime victory on Saturday evening at Alfond Arena. With the win, the Black Bears improve to 3-7-0 on the year, while North Dakota drops to 2-8-0. Maine and North Dakota battled point for point for 63:23 minutes until junior Kim Meagher (Hampden, Maine) notched a power-play to break the tie and end the game with just 1:37 remaining in overtime.

Meagher's goal was the Black Bears second power-play goal of the game. Christey Allen was charged with tripping to give the Black Bears the one skater advantage at 3:19 of overtime. Kate Sunstrum (London, Ontario) won the puck on the draw, dished it to Brigitte Laflamme (St.-Augustin, Quebec), who fed it back to Meagher on the point.

With the score tied 3-3 at the start of the final frame, the Fighting Sioux took the lead early in the period with a goal by Melissa Jaques just 2:07 into the third. Maine tied the score for the fourth time of the game with a goal by Laflamme at 6:42. Pam Patterson (Miramichi, N.B.) dished the puck to Sonia Corriveau (Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec) who fed it to Laflamme.

UND came out quick in the second to notch a goal just 1:06 into the period. The Fighting Sioux lead was short-lived, Maine got even with a power-play goal at 16:49 of the second period. Senior Kelly Law (Markham, Ontario) fired a shot just inside the blueline that buzzed past defenders and UND goalie Jody Karnik in net. Maine goaltender Genevieve Turgeon (Lac Beauport, Quebec) fed the puck up to Law and is credited with the assist on the play. At 14:10 Maine then took the lead, 3-2, with a power-play goal by Jenna Ouellette (Winnipeg, Manitoba). Just over a minute later UND tied the game once again at 15:44 of the second period.

North Dakota's Christy Carlson was charged with cross-checking for the first penalty of the game just 41 seconds into action. Sophomore Robyn Law (Markham, Ontario) took advantage of the Black Bears power-play with a goal at 17:29 of the first. UND goalie Karnik was able to stop Law's first shot attempt, but Law pounded at the loose rebound in front of the net to give the Black Bears the 1-0 lead. The Fighting Sioux took advantage of a power-play opportunity late in the first period with a goal by Alexia Gagnon Laplante. The goal scored with just 29 seconds remaining in the period brought the teams to a 1-1 tie to begin the second period.

Sophmore goaltender Turgeon made 28 saves and is credited with the win for the Black Bears, while North Dakota's Karnik registered 22 saves in the loss for the Fighting Sioux.

The Black Bears return to Hockey East action next weekend when they host the Friars of Providence College. The teams will play on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. For additional information, please visit our website at or call 581-BEAR.