ORONO, Maine – Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) extended her goal-scoring streak to three games and Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) stopped 29 of 31 shots, but the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team was defeated 2-1 by the University of Maine in Sunday afternoon's regular-season finale at Alfond Arena.
Maine, which scored the last four goals of Saturday's game, quickly took a 1-0 lead Sunday when Kelly McDonald scored an unassisted goal at 1:47 of the first period.
The Wildcats leveled the score, 1-1, on Lavoie's team-leading 18th goal of the season at 4:03. Brynja Bogan (Germantown, Md.) recorded her second assist of the season and Kailey Chappell (Pickering, Ontario) tallied her second assist in as many games on Lavoie's third goal of the weekend and fifth the past three games.
The Black Bears regained momentum and outshot the visitors 5-0 in the next four minutes. UNH went on the first power play of the game at 9:15 and both teams recorded one shot during that two-minute span. Following the penalty kill, Maine carried play and generated a 3-1 shot advantage the next 3:30. Play leveled the last five minutes of the stanza with both teams firing two shots on goal for a 12-8 edge by Maine through one period of play.
Gilligan turned aside three shots in the opening two minutes of the second period to keep the score tied, 1-1. The 'Cats then sustained offensive pressure, but Ott denied Chappell, Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario) and Jenna Lascelle (Cornwall, Ontario) in succession.
Maine went back in front, 2-1, at 10:35 on Melissa Gagnon's second goal of the season that was set up by Danielle Ward and Brittany Dougherty.
Five minutes later, Gilligan withstood a Black Bears' flurry of five shots that included two off the stick of Dawn Sullivan.
New Hampshire went on its second power play of the game at 17:02, but did not register a shot on goal. The Wildcats pressured in the last minute, however, when Heather Kashman (Edmonton, Alberta) and Lascelle were turned aside by Ott.
Maine went on its first power play at 1:06 of the third period, but UNH's penalty kill did not allow a shot on goal.
In the fourth minute, UNH generated pressure in which both Bryanna Farris (Carleton Place, Ontario) and Lavoie were turned away by Ott. Midway through the final frame, Ott preserved the 2-1 Black Bears' lead by stopping shots from Katie Kleinendorst (Vestal, N.Y.) and Arielle O'Neill (St. Catharines, Ontario).
With two minutes remaining, Gilligan kept the 'Cats within one goal with three consecutive saves. She exited the game in favor of an extra skater with 62 seconds to play but was force back into the net with 36 seconds on the clock. UNH did not record a shot the rest of the way.
New Hampshire went 1-2-0 this season against Boston University. The Wildcats and Terriers split two games at UNH's Whittemore Center with the 'Cats prevailing 4-2 on Jan. 19 and BU recording a 5-1 win Feb. 4. BU won 5-2 on its home ice back on Nov. 12.