STORRS, Conn. (January 22, 2005) - Maine defender Kelly Law scored with 5:48 remaining in the game to give the Black Bears a 3-2 win over the University of Connecticut women's hockey team on Saturday afternoon at the Freitas Ice Forum. Connecticut came back twice in the game to tie the Black Bears, but Maine was able to hold off the Huskies for a weekend split. The defeat moves UConn to 7-10-5 on the season (3-4-1 Hockey East), while Maine improves to 12-7-3 (3-5-2 Hockey East).
Tristan Desmet scored a power play goal 13:23 into the first period to give Maine their first one-goal lead of the game. She knocked in the rebound of a Brigit Laflamme shot to put the Black Bears up 1-0.
UConn knotted up the score a 1-1 when Jacquelyn McGuire (Glenview, Ill.) notched her second goal of the weekend at 17:26. McGuire's fourth goal of the season came as she tipped in a pass from sophomore Katherine Van Deveire (Brandon, Manitoba) on the power play. The assist was Van Deveire's second of the season while defenseman Natalie Vibert (Thunder Bay, Ontario) tallied her fourth on the goal.
The Husky goal was one of just three shots on goal for the opening period, while Maine tallied 12 shots.
The Black Bears jumped back into the lead just 36 seconds into the second period when Andrea Steranko scored her second goal of the weekend. She skated the puck in and tucked it under Shannon Murphy's (Burrillville, R.I.) glove to move the score to 2-1. Steranko was assisted by Desmet, who notched her third point in two games.
Maine held their lead throughout the second stanza until the final minutes of the period. Then, at 18:23, the Huskies tied the game again when a pass by a Maine player went off Van Deveire past goaltender Rachel Getting into the Black Bear net.
Through two periods, the Black Bears had a 22-11 advantage in shots.
The score remained tied at 2-2 until Law scored to put Maine up 3-2. UConn skated the final 2:39 with an empty net on an attempt to tie the score yet again, and even had a 6-on-4 opportunity with on a power play, but could not successfully get anything past Getting and the Maine defense.
For the game, Maine out-shot Connecticut 29-20. Both teams scored a power play goal, with the Huskies going 1-for-3 and the Black Bears going 1-for-5. For the weekend, UConn's penalty kill was 11-for-12.
Connecticut will next play a home-and-home series with Northeastern on January 28-29. Friday's game will be in Boston with a 7:00 p.m. start. Saturday's game is also at 7:00 p.m. at the Freitas Ice Forum on the Storrs campus.