Orono, Maine - The University Maine played host to #10 Northeastern this afternoon where they honored four seniors for their contributions to the women's ice hockey program over the past four years. The Black Bears fell to the Huskies by a score of 7-2, falling to 5-21-3, 2-14-2 in Hockey East while the Huskies improved to 17-10-2, 9-7-1 in Hockey East.
Northeastern registered two early goals as they took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. Sonia Martin notched the first Huskies goal at 8:05 while Colleen Murphy added to the lead at 10:53.
Kendall Coyne wasted little time in the second period as she registered a goal at 1:09. Rachel Llanes took advantage of the power play for the 4-0 lead at 9:21 of the second.
Coyne registered her second goal of the contest 9:34 into the third period for the 5-0 lead.
Rachel Bellio (Denver, Colorado) notched the second goal of her career to get the Black Bears on the board just 15 seconds later. Chloe Tinkler (Wabush, Newfoundland) dished the puck to Kelly McDonald (Ancaster, Ontario) who slapped a shot from the point. Bellio secured the puck in the left faceoff circle for the one-timer chance and goal. Tinkler tallied her eight assist of the season while McDonald notched her seventh.
Kelly Wallace extended the Huskies lead at 10:55 of the third period.
Abbey Cook (Fairport, New York) took advantage of the power play opportunity at 14:41 as she registered her second goal of her young career. Brittney Huneke (Hastings, Minnesota) took a shot from the top of the offensive zone; Missy Denk (Poplar Grove, Illinois) was able to put a stick on it to redirect the puck to a waiting Cook to the right side of the net. This marks the fourth assist for Huneke and the fifth for Denk.
Brittany Esposito ended the scoring in the third period with a goal at 18:46 for the 7-2 lead.
Brittany Ott (St. Clair Shores, Michigan) got the start for the Black Bears between the pipes, allowing five goals while registering 33 saves on the afternoon. Ott sees her record fall to 5-14-3 on the season.
Northeastern held a 40-19 shot advantage over Maine. The Black Bears went 1-1 on the power play while the Huskies went 1-5.
Maine returns to action next weekend as it travels to New Hampshire for a two game series. Game time is slated for 2:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.