Maine senior defenseman Melissa Gagnon

ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's ice hockey team dropped a 7-0 decision to visiting Bemidji State on Saturday evening. The loss drops Maine back to 4-2-0 on the season while the Beavers improve to 3-1-2. Missy Denk (Poplar Grove, Ill.) had three shots for the Black Bears.

The Beavers would open the scoring when Montana Vichorek tallied her second goal of the season just 35 seconds into the contest. Emily Erickson worked the puck to Sadie Lundquist. Lundquist would then slide the puck to the blueline where Vichorek unleashed a slap shot that snuck through a crowd and into the back of the net.

Bemidji State would pick up its second goal of the contest, 17:58 into the second period. Sadie Lundquist was able to put home a puck that squirted up into the air in front of the Maine net. Tess Dusik and Marlee Wheelhouse were credited with assists on the goal.

Erickson would notch her second goal of the game when she broke in shorthanded 56 seconds into the third period. Erickson skated down the right side of the ice and into the faceoff circle before putting a move on Maine goaltender Kylie Smith (Apple Valley, Minn.) and depositing the puck into the back of the net to give the Beavers a 3-0 edge.

Bemidji would put the game out of reach with three goals in a 2:06 range. Rachael Kelly tallied the first of the three goals and was followed up by Ericka Wheelhouse who notched her second of the season just 14 seconds later. Molly Arola lit the lamp for the first time this season when she added an empty net goal, 8:43 into the third period of play. Lauren Williams would add an empty net goal of her own, 15:56 into the third period to lock up the 7-0 victory for the Beavers.

Bemidji outshot Maine 24-17 in the contest while both teams were unable to score on the power play. The Black Bears were 0-for-6 with an extra skater while Bemidji finished the game 0-for-4 with the advantage.

Smith takes the loss for Maine, falling to 2-1-0 on the season after making 15 saves. Brittany Ott (St. Clair Shores, Mich.) made two stops in 6:22 of play. Alana McElhinney picks up the win for Bemidji, moving her record to 1-0-0 after she made 17 saves.

The Black Bears return to action when they open up Hockey East play with a weekend series beginning Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. against UConn.