Freshman Forward Audra Richards scores for Black Bears

Senior Forward Brittany Dougherty registered an assist for the Black Bears

HAMDEN, Conn. - The University of Maine women's ice hockey team opened up the 2012-13 season with a 6-1 loss against Quinnipiac. Audra Richards (Maplewood, Minnesota) scored her first goal as a Black Bear at 8:57 into the 3rd period.

The Bobcats got off to a quick start as Kelly Babstock found the back of the net to take a 1-0 lead at 7:08. The assist would be credited to Felica Vieweg.

The 2nd period was all Quinnipiac as they scored three goals to extend the lead to 4-0. The first goal of the period came just 1:07 in off the stick of Felica Vieweg, Kelly Babstock and Nicole Brown would get the assist. Babstock would notch her second goal of the contest on a power play attempt with Regan Boulton and Nicole Kosta getting the assist. Eric Uden Johansson and Breann Frykas would set up a power play goal for Boulton.

Babstock found the back of the net again on a power play attempt with Regan Boulton and Erica Uden Johansson getting the assist. Quinnipiac would notch the sixth and final goal off the Babstock stick with another Erica Uden Johansson assist.

Richards scored in the middle of the 3rd period due to a scoring setup by Brooklyn Langlois (Steinbach, Manitoba) and Brittany Dougherty (Chesterfield, Michigan).

The Black Bears had two goalies on the evening as Kylie Smith (Apple Valley, Minnesota) got the start playing 26:02 with nine saves and three goals against. Meghann Treacy (Lake Peekskill, New York) saw 33:05 in net, tallying 24 saves while allowing three goals. Smith sees her record fall to 0-1-0.

The Bobcats saw Victoria Vigilanti in net as she allowed one goal with eight saves. Vigilanti sees her record improve to 1-0-1 on the season.

Quinnipiac held a 39-9 shot advantage over Maine.

The Black Bears return to action tomorrow, October 13, 2012 as the face Quinnipiac for game two. The Puck is scheduled to drop at 1:00 PM.