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ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine Black Bears drop a hard fought Women's Hockey East match-up to the Boston College Eagles, 3-2, on Friday evening at Alfond Arena. Maine drops to 6-17-5 and 3-12-3-1 in WHE action while the Eagles improve to 6-15-10, 5-9-4-4 in WHE play.
The Black Bears were led by senior Lexie Hoffmeyer(Grand Blanc, Mich.) and junior Jennie Gallo (Castlegar, B.C.) who had two assists a piece.
Despite out shooting the Eagles 7-3 in the first period, the Black Bears would enter the first intermission down 1-0 after Allie Thunstrom notched her nineteenth goal of the season, 10:52 into the first stanza. Kristina Brown forced a turnover in the neutral zone and quickly moved the puck to Ashley Motherwell. Motherwell found Thunstrom streaking to the Maine net all alone. Thunstrom then put a move on Maine goaltender Brittany Ott (St. Clair Shores, Mich.) and snuck a wrist shot by her to put Boston College up 1-0.
Boston College would pick up a boarding penalty 19:48 into the first period that would prove to be costly for them as Dawn Sullivan (Enfield, N.S.) and the Black Bears too full advantage, tying the game just 1:41 into the second period. Hoffmeyer dumped the puck into Sullivan. Sullivan then carried the puck in behind and around the Eagle net and put a shot on Boston College goaltender Corinne Boyles. Boyles deflected the shot but Sullivan controlled the rebound and stuff the puck into the back of the net on the opposite post to tie the game at one goal. Gallo also assisted on the goal for Maine. Hoffmeyer notched her 14th assist and 17th point on the goal, which tied career highs in both categories for her.
The Eagles would regain the lead 1:08 into the third period. Danielle Welch would win a face-off to Ott's left. Welch controlled the face-off herself and fired a slapshot that beat Ott to put the Eagles on top.
The Black Bears would battle back, once again taking advantage of an Eagle penalty to pull within one goal, 3-2. Hoffmeyer worked the puck around the zone and slid a pass to Gallo who found Myriam Croussette (Bair-Comeau, Quebec). Croussette would fire a shot on net from the slot that found its way through a crowd and past Boyles. Hoffmeyer picked up her 15th assist on the season and also notched her 19th point, both are new career highs for the senior defenseman.
Maine would continue to battle and with 51 seconds remaining in the third period, pulled Ott to give them a 6-5 advantage. The Black Bears would put pressure on Boyles and the Eagles but fail to score, dropping the contest 3-2.
The Black Bears continued their solid penalty kill as they killed off all four Eagle power plays, while playing great themselves with the extra skater as they picked up two goals while on the power play.
Boston College picked up the slight edge in shots, out shooting Maine 26-24. Ott was solid in net for Maine, making 23 saves but saw her record drop to 4-11-3. Boyles improves to 5-9-7 after making 22 saves in the contest.
The Black Bears will return to the ice tomorrow, on senior day, at 2 p.m. when they host Boston College in the season series finale at Alfond Arena. After tomorrow's contest, the Black Bears will honor their six seniors with an on-ice ceremony.