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ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine Women's Ice Hockey team won Saturday night against Boston College by a score of 2-1. Maine improved to 4-22-3 and 3-10-3 in Hockey East while Boston College fell to 11-12-6 and 6-8-2 in Hockey East. Maine goaltenders set a school record for most saves in a season with Genevieve Turgeon's 39 saves in the game. The previous record was 1,036 in the 1998-99 season set by Amanda Cronin, Kathleen Hedges, Amy Coletta and Amy Oliver. Turgeon andSarah Bishop have combined for 1,058 saves so far this season.
In the first period, BC got on the board first. Deborah Spillane passed it to Tracy Johnson behind the net who put it in front of the goal for Meghan Fardelmann who put it in the goal. Her 10th goal of the season was scored at 2:32 into the period. BC had a lot more shots after that but none seemed to want to go in. BC outshot the Black Bears in the period 20-2.
In the second period, Maine took the lead. With 7:33 to go, Vanessa Vani stole the puck from BC goaltender Molly Schaus and passed it in front of the net to Jennie Gallo who put it in the back of the net for her sixth goal of the season. Amy Stech put Maine ahead during a 4-on-3 power play when she caught a rebound off a Gallo shot and put it past Schaus. Her fifth goal of the season was scored with 1:17 remaining. Vanessa Vani also assisted on the play. The Eagles still oushot the Black Bears in the period 12-9.
In the third period, it was like watching a game of chess. Neither team took a chance and so the score stayed where it was. The Eagles outshot Maine in the period 8-5.
Maine goaltender Genevieve Turgeon totalled 39 saves in the game. Boston College goaltender Molly Schaus tallied 15 saves. Turgeon went to 4-15-3 on the season while Schaus went to 11-12-6. Maine was 1-for-7 on the power play while Boston College went 0-for-6.
Maine will play Boston College again tomorrow at 2pm. After that they travel to Storrs, Conn. to take on UConn for a two-game set.