LEWISTON, Maine – Arielle O'Neill (St. Catharines, Ontario) scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season and the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team recorded a 33-24 shot advantage, but the University of Maine skated to a 4-1 victory Tuesday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.
UNH, with four consecutive losses, is now 8-6-0 overall and 2-4-0 in Hockey East. Maine, which was winless vs. the Wildcats (0-25-3) since the formation of Hockey East in the 2002-03 season, improved to 5-6-2, 1-2-2.
The Black Bears took an early 1-0 lead when Myriam Croussette scored a power-play goal at 3:28 of the first period. Melissa Gagnon and Chloe Tinkler set up the tally.
Maine went on its second power play of the night at 17:40, but it was the Wildcats who scored to level the game, 1-1, with a shorthanded goal – UNH's first shorthanded tally of the season – at 19:19. O'Neill, with the assistance of Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario), pulled the 'Cats even.
Brittany Dougherty scored an unassisted goal with 11 seconds remaining in the second period to give the Black Bears, who had a 10-9 shot advantage after being outshot 12-6 in the opening frame, a 2-1 lead.
Maine struck again 44 seconds into the third period to transform a tie game into a two-goal lead with goals 55 seconds apart spanning the second and third stanzas. Croussette's second goal – set up by Jennie Gallo and Brianne Kilgour – was the team's early third-period strike.
The Wildcats had three third-period power-play opportunities to cut into the deficit. UNH recorded four shots on its man-advantage that started at 4:54 and fired two shots on Maine goalie Brittany Ott during its next power-play chance at 8:10. The 'Cats had another power-play opportunity at 15:01 and also pulled goalie Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan) to create a two-skater advantage, but recorded just one shot on goal.
Danielle Ward scored into the empty net one second after the power play expired to give the Black Bears a 4-1 lead at 17:02.
Herman, in her first action since Oct. 15, made 20 saves. Ott stopped 32 shots defending Maine's goal.
The four goals marked Maine's highest goal output vs. UNH since a 5-5 tie on Jan. 13, 2006. In the 14 games between that game and Tuesday night, the Black Bears scored a total of 10 goals.
New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 28 (2 p.m.) at home against Boston College.