Sophomore forward Katy Massey scored a goal for the Black Bears

Orono, Maine - The University of Maine women's ice hockey team opened up the 2012-13 season with an exhibition win over Dalhousie University by a 4-0 score. The Black Bears had three freshmen score goals as Maine prepares a young squad for the 2012-13 campaign.

"It's good to get the first one under our belts. We have many players who had never played in a college hockey game before and Dalhousie was a good team to have up first," said Coach Lewis.

The Black Bears got off to a quick start as Katy Massey (Waterville, Maine) found the back of the net to take a 1-0 lead just 2:45 into the game. Kelsey MacSorley (Stratford, Ontario) picked up the assist on the goal.

Brianne Kilgour (Hamilton, Ontario) and Jennifer More (Deloraine, Manitoba) would set up the Shawna Lesperance (Belle, River, Ontario) goal that would give Maine a 2-0 lead at 13:03.

Abbey Cook (Fairport, New York) would give the Black Bears a 3-0 edge at 14:52 in the second period. Kilgour would get the assist to pick up her second on the day.

Maine would notch the fourth goal of the day off the stick of Jillian Langtry (Fort Frances, Ontario), with the assist coming from Brittany Dougherty (Chesterfield, Michigan).

The Black Bears utilized two goalies, Kylie Smith (Apple Valley, Minnesota) and Meghann Treacy (Lake Peekskill, New York). Smith played the first 31:12 with one save and Treacy saw the remaining 28:48 where she tallied eight saves.

Maine held a 35-9 shot advantage. Both teams were scoreless on the power play as Maine was 0-1 and Dalhousie was 0-5.

"Now we can move on to our NCAA competition against Quinnipiac and we have two weeks to prepare for it. We have a lot to work on but it's pretty evident that we have a lot of talent to work with and a group that is able to apply what they are learning," Lewis.

The Black Bears open up regular season play on October 12 as they travel to Hamden, CT to face Quinnipiac. The puck is scheduled to drop at 5:00 PM.