ORONO, Maine- The University of Maine women's ice hockey team scored three goals in just over three minutes in the second period to break secure the lead and the win against the Northeastern Huskies on Saturday afternoon. The win, Maine's first Hockey East victory, gives them a record of 6-7-2, 1-4-2. The Huskies drop to 2-12-1, 1-7-1 in Hockey East play.
Northeastern capitalized on their first shot on goal at 6:11 in the first with a goal from Annie Hogan. Marie Desrosiers fed the puck to Jessica Coppney who set up Hogan on the right point. Hogan took a slapshot that sailed over the left shoulder of Maine goaltender Rachel Gettings (Watervliet, N.Y.). Senior Sonia Corriveau (Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec) got the scoring started for the Black Bears with a goal with 5:35 remaining in the first to tie it up at one entering the locker room. Vanessa Vani (St. Catherines, Ontario) and Robyn Law (Markham, Ontario) assisted in Corriveau's goal, all of whom went on to be selected as stars of the game.
The Black Bears scored three goals in a 3:09 span to break the game open for Maine in the second period. Robyn Law lifted the puck past Northeastern goaltender Sarah Belliveau's stick side to give the Black Bears their first lead of the game just under three minutes into the second period. The goal was assisted by Chantal Jaillet (St. Edouard de Kent, N.B.) and Vani, her second in as many goals in the game. Brigitte Laflamme (St. -Augustin, Quebec) poked a loose puck into the net to make it 3-1. Corriveau scored her second goal of the game when she rebounded her own shot on a breakaway to give the Black Bears the three goal lead.
Northeastern's Chelsey Jones scored a goal with 10 seconds remaining on the Huskies power-play to decrease the deficit to 4-2 at 13:30 of the second. Just over a minute later, Corriveau retaliated with her third goal of the game for her first career hat-trick. Vani's quick stick and puck handling beat the defender in the circle, she then drew Belliveau to the left side and snuck a pass to Corriveau crashingon the right side.
At 14:20 of the final frame, Vani crashed the net after a loose puck which found its way into the net to give the Black Bears the five goal lead. Kelly Law (Markham, Ontario) had the initial shot which was saved by Belliveau, but not covered up. Kelly Law was set up by fellow blueliner Jenna Cowan (Hartney, Manitoba). Vani recorded her fourth assist of the game, fifth point, with a helper on an empty netter by Pam Patterson (Miramichi, N.B.) with 2:09 remaining in the game.
The season series for Maine and Northeastern is now tied one win apiece, the teams will play the third game of the year, the tie-breaker, tomorrow at noon at Alfond Arena. For more information, please visit our website at www.goblackbears.com or call 581-BEAR.