ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine women's ice hockey team was defeated 2-1 in overtime by Connecticut on Saturday afternoon at Alfond Arena. Maine tied the game in the third with a goal by Sonia Corriveau, but Leslie Hurlbut scored the short-handed game-winner in overtime. With the win, Connecticut moves to 15-10-2 overall and 10-4-1 in Hockey Easy play, while Maine falls to 7-16-2 overall and 2-11-2 in conference play.
In the first period, Connecticut had the first power play chance of the game start just 56 into play and had one shot on net that was saved by Genevieve Turgeon (Lac Beauport, Quebec). The Black Bears had two power play opportunities in the period, but shots by Brigitte Laflamme (St.-Augustin, Quebec) and Sonia Corriveau (Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec) were saved by Brittany Wilson. The Huskies had a six to four lead on shots in the period.
The Huskies were able to get on the board first when Kristen Russell took a shot that was saved by Genevieve Turgeon, but Michelle Binning was there to score on the rebound at 6:31 in the second period. The Black Bears had several power play chances of their own in the period, but were unable to convert on the opportunities. Connecticut had an eleven to four lead on shots in the second period.
Maine had the first three shots in the third period, as Vanessa Vani (St. Catherines, Ontario), Brigitte Laflamme and Sonia Corriveau all had shots saved by Brittany Wilson. The Huskies had an extended five-on-three power play, but the Black Bears were able to kill the advantage with several key saves by Genevieve Turgeon. Maine had a power play start at the 13:05 mark in the third period, but did not generate any shots. The Black Bears tied the game at 16:29 when Chantal Jaillet (St. Edouard de Kent, New Brunswick) had a shot saved by Brittany Wilson, but the rebound was buried by Sonia Corriveau. Maine kept the pressure up in the third period, as they had an eleven to four lead on shots.
The game went to overtime, with Maine and Connecticut trading shots early. At 3:01, Connecticut was called for a cross-check, giving the Black Bears a power play. But the game ended when Leslie Hurlburt scored a shorthanded goal with just 38 seconds left in the game. Britney Chandler had an assist on the game-winner.
In goal, Maine's Genevieve Turgeon had 21 saves and two goals against. For Connecticut, Brittany Wilson had 19 saves with one goal against. Maine had eight penalties for 16 minutes and Connecticut had eight penalties for 16 minutes. On power plays, Maine was 0-7 and Connecticut was 0-7.
Maine wraps-up the two-game series against Connecticut on February 4 at noon. For more information on University of Maine athletics, visit www.GoBlackBears.com.