ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine women's hockey team fell to Boston University by a score of 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. The loss drops the Black Bears to 10-8-5 overall and 4-6-1 in Hockey East play. The Terriers improve their record to 11-9-1 on the season and 6-4-0 in Hockey East action. Danielle Ward (Lansing, Mich.) found the back of the net on a power play for the Black Bears.
Boston University took an early lead on a goal by Jenn Wakefield after 41 seconds of play in the first period. Assisting Wakefield on the play was Kayla Tutino and Kasey Boucher. The Terriers extended their lead to 2-0 on a power play goal by Kayla Tutino at 8:16. She was assisted by Marie-Philip Poulin and Jenn Wakefield. At the end of the first period, Boston University had a 2-0 lead.
The Black Bears were able to cut the lead to 2-1 on a power play goal late in the second period by Danielle Ward, her 10th of the season. Melissa Gagnon (St. Gilles, Quebec) found Ward on the play for her eighth assist on the season while Missy Denk (Poplar Grove, Ill.) found Gagnon for her fifth of the year. With two periods of play in the books, the Terriers remained in the lead, 2-1.
Boston University nearly claimed their third goal of the game during a scramble in front of the Maine net; however after a review of the play, the referees stuck with their initial call of no goal. Thanks to solid goaltending by both goalies, the score would ultimately finalize at 2-1, giving the Terriers the win.
Brittany Ott (St. Clair Shores, Mich.) made 25 saves on the 27 shots that she faced. With the decision, her record falls to 6-7-2 on the season. Kerrin Sperry earned the win for Boston University after making 23 saves on the 24 shots sent her way. Boston University was 1-for-9 on the power play while Maine was 1-for-4.
The Black Bears will travel to Boston University for a two game series next weekend. The first game will take place on Saturday, January 14 at 3 p.m. while game two is set for Sunday at 3 p.m.