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Detroit, Mich. - The University of Maine Women's Ice Hockey team dropped a 5-0 decision to Wayne State University on Friday night. Maine was previously undefeated against the Warriors in eight games played. Maine fell to 1-17-2 overall while Wayne State improved to 9-6-2.
In the first period, both teams really didn't get into a groove. The period lacked any action and each school only totaled four shots on goal in the period.
In the second period, a huge Maine penalty led to Wayne State's first score. During a five-minute major penalty, Sammi Bowers put Wayne State on the board with a rebound off a Danielle Wilson shot. The goal was scored at 12:03 into the period. The Warriors finished off the period with a second score coming with 1:59 remaining. Sam Poyton took an outlet pass from Melissa Boal and found herself one-on-none into the offensive zone and beat Maine goaltender Genevieve Turgeon. Wayne State outshot the Black Bears 18-3 in the period.
In the third period, the action picked back up at 13:42 into the period when Brandi Frakie stole the puck in the neutral zone and skated in one-on-none on Turgeon and put it past her. The goal was scored 13:42 shorthanded. At 16:16 into the period, Sammi Bowers got her second goal of the game. Tina Vanderhoeven took a shot and it went wide and bounced back out in front for Bowers who shot into an open net for the power-play goal. Poyton got her second goal of the game to make it 5-0. She got a rebound off a Lindsay DiPietro shot and put it in the back of the net. Melissa Boal also assisted on the play. The Warriors outshot Maine in the period 17-5.
Maine goaltender Genevieve Turgeon totalled 34 saves in the game. With the 34 saves, Turgeon passed Rachel Gettings on the all-time Single Season saves list for fourth place. Gettings tallied 525 saves during the 2004-05 season. Wayne State goaltender Valery Turcotte tallied 12 saves and got the shutout. Turgeon fell to 1-12-2 on the season while Turcotte went to 4-4-1. Maine was 0-for-4 on the powerplay while Wayne State went 2-for-4.
The Black Bears will return to action tomorrow for an afternoon game against Wayne State. Maine returns home next weekend when they face Northeastern University on the 20th for a Hockey East matchup.