ORONO, MAINE. - It is no secret that The University of Maine is in need of at the least, a point in their last series of the regular season against #4 Boston University Terriers. Friday night's game has now come and gone, and no points were earned as Maine loses 2-0 to the fourth ranked Terriers.
The first period opened with a flurry of Maine shots as the Black Bears were clearly geared up for an important match-up. Maine out shot Boston 8-1 in the first few minutes of the game, but it seemed that once Maine was rejected in their initial push, they got knocked on their heels and tired out as the game wore on. After a scoreless first in which Boston University effectively bottled up Maine's initial burst they came out in the second period with a hard counter.
That counter came from none other than number nine for the Terriers, Jenn Wakefield. The leading center for Boston University is one of the top scorers in the country and she proved why first hand to the Orono faithful. Wakefield managed to break the 0-0 tie on a power play opportunity early in the second frame. After parking herself in front of the net, she received a direct pass from defensemen, Tara Watchorn, who stood at the point, turned and fired past Maine goaltender, Brittany Ott (St. Clair Shores, Mich.). Jenelle Kohanchuk also assisted on the play.
The next goal for Wakefield was truly the back breaker for Maine, who's effort was commendable, but still not enough to take down the top squad in Hockey East. Just moments after Maine had squandered one of their six power play opportunities, Wakefield broke long after a steal near the blue line by Jillian Kirchner. Kirchner then one timed a pass to Kaleigh Fratkin along the boards, who scooted a pass to the streaking Wakefield, and with one deke of her stick, wrapped a wrister around the outstretched arms of Ott.
Kerrin Sperry, the fabulous freshman goalminder for the Terriers was as advertised in goal, stopping all 21 shots she faced, with what seemed to be, never a close call. Ott was nearly as impressive for the Black Bears. She managed to stop 26 of the 28 shots she faced, and most importantly, stopped 14 total in the first period. Without her strong effort in the beginning of the game, Maine would surely have withered much earlier than they did.
Maine will have it's one last shot tomorrow afternoon, where Senior day ceremonies will follow the commencing of the WHEA action in the Alfond in Orono, Maine. Puck is set to drop at 2:00 p.m. and if Maine wants a shot at the post season, they must earn a point (earned for a tie) at the least.