Nicole Hekle posts goal and assist for the Wildcats

Orono, Maine -- The University of Maine women's ice hockey team was shutout, 4-0, to No. 2-ranked New Hampshire in its Hockey East opener on Saturday afternoon. With the loss Maine falls to 1-4-0, 0-1-0 in Hockey East, while New Hampshire holds on to its untarnished record of 5-0-0, 1-0-0 in conference action.

The Black Bears kept New Hampshire from scoring until 1:18 remaining in the first when senior Nicole Hekle recorded her first goal of the season. The goal was assisted by Wildcat Leah Craig.

In the second period the Wildcats notched a power-play goal to bring them ahead 1-0. The goal was scored by freshman Micaela Long at 14:13. Hekle recorded her second point of the game with the assist. Rookie Kelly Paton also had an assist on the goal.

New Hampshire's sophomore Sam Faber increased the Wildcats lead to two three goal with another power-play goal at 13:04 the final frame. Juniors Jennifer Hitchcock and Sadie Wright-Ward are credited with the assists. With 3:44 remaining in the game junior Martine Garland notched the forth goal of the game to secure the victory for New Hampshire. Wright-Ward earned her second assist of the game on the goal.

Though she is credited with the loss, Maine sophomore Genevieve Turgeon (Lac Beauport, Quebec) made 32 saves in the game, including 13 in the second period. New Hampshire's Melissa Bourdon registered 12 saves.

The Black Bears will face Boston College in Hockey East action on Sunday, October 15. Gametime at Alfond Arena is noon. For additional information, please visit our website at