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TROY, N.Y. - The University of Maine Women's Ice Hockey team fell to RPI Saturday afternoon by a 3-1 decision. Maine fell to 1-4-1 on the season, while RPI improved to 4-1-0.
The first period was a virtual deadlock between the two teams. They each had about the same amount of chances on net but neither team could pull ahead. RPI outshot Maine 6-4.
In the second period, PRI finally pulled ahead at 5:13 when Nicole McDonald took it unassisted into the Black Bears zone and scored it past freshman goaltender Sarah Bishop. The Engineers got another chance at 10:26 when Melanie Guillemette took a pass from Whitney Naslund to put RPI two up on the Black Bears. The Engineers outshot Maine 15-5.
In the third period, RPI took a commanding three goal lead at 9:57 when Allison Wright took a pass from Naslund and put it in the back of the net. But Maine would get one back. At 18:16, Amy Stech took a pass from senior defenseman Kim Meagher to put the Black Bears on the board. Maine pulled their goaltender with a minute to go but to no avail as RPI went on to win 3-1.
Maine goaltender Sarah Bishop made her second start of her Black Bear career. She totalled 33 saves on the day facing 36 shots. RPI goaltender Sonja Van der Bliek tallied 19 saves on 20 shots. RPI outshot Maine 36-20. Both teams went 0-for-5 on the power-play.
The Black Bears next games will be on the road next weekend against conference rivals Boston College and New Hampshire on October 27 and 28, respectively. Maine will next return home on November 2 and 3 for a series with Clarkson University.