ORONO, Maine - The UMaine women's ice hockey team won their first game at home, defeating Providence College, 5-4 in overtime.
The first period was fast paced, and both goaltenders, Carly Jackson and Sandra Abstreiter faced numerous shots.
Maine got the scoring started off of the powerplay goal by Brittany Colton, who netted her second of the year of the top shelf shot. Liga Miljone (6) and Tereza Vanisova (3) picked up assists on the play. The Black Bears followed that score up with another goal, this time by Vanisova, who scored her sixth of the season. Vendula Pribylova (3) and Carly Jackson (1) picked up assists on the play.
The Friars would answer back, netting two goals in the first period to tie the game up. The first goal was by Sara Hjalmarsson, assisted by Haley Lunny and Avery Fransoo. The second goal was by Meaghan Rickard, assisted by Never Van Pelt and Bailey Burton.
Maine would bounce back, striking midway through the second period to retake the lead at 3-2. Nicole Pateman scored her first collegiate goal in the play, an accurate slapshot from the blue line, as Ida Kuoppala and Ali Beltz picked up assists on the play.
Providence would find the net twice more, having Whitney Dove tie the game late in the 2nd period, as Chloe Gonsalves and Meaghan Rickard picked up assists on the play. The Friars would score again, this time by Kathleen McHugh to take the lead 2:18 into the third period. Caroli Peterson and Whitney Dove picked up assists on the play.
With just :54 seconds remaining in the third period, Ida Kuoppala scored her fourth goal of the season, rocketing a shot by Abstreiter, tying the game. Brittany Colton (7) and Maddie Giordano (3) picked up assists on the play.
At the 3:52 mark in overtime, Vanisova would find the loose puck in front of the net, scoring the game winner for Maine, her second goal of the game and seventh of the season. Brittany Colton (8) picked up her third assist of the game, while Celine Tedenby (3) picked up an assist as well.
Carly Jackson finished with 26 saves, helping Maine improve to a 5-4-2 record, 3-3-1 in Hockey East.
The Black Bears stay at home as they play host to the UConn Huskies on Sunday, Nov. 17. Puck drop is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.