Orono, Maine -- Celine Tedenby's third period goal was the lone tally of the night for the Black Bears who dropped the weekend series opener to visiting Northeastern, 3-1, on Friday evening at Alfond Arena.
The Black Bears were unable to take advantage of great power play opportunities, finishing the contest 0-for-7 with the extra skater. Northeastern went 1-for-5 on the power play as a total of 13 penalties were whistled.
Maine was outshot by the Huskies, 29-24, but the Black Bears fought hard until the end, earning a 9-3 advantage in shots in the third period.
Carly Jackson turned away 26 shots in net for the Black Bears but suffered the loss, falling to 2-5-0 on the season.
Northeastern broke the scoreless tie, 12:04 into the first period on Chloe Aurard's fifth of the season. Moments after the Black Bears had killed off a penalty, the Huskies kept the pressure on in the Maine zone. Veronika Pettey's shot was saved aside to Kasidy Anderson who deflected the puck through the crease to Aurard who finished the play into the back of the net.
The Huskies extended their lead to 2-0 early in the second. Maine, controlling the puck deep in its own zone, looked to clear. However, Alina Mueller stole the puck off a Maine stick and wrapped a shot around Carly Jackson for her eighth tally of the season.
Working on the power play, Northeastern was able to extend its lead to 3-0 with just 40.1 seconds left in the second. Brooke Hobson worked the puck around the zone to Aurard. Aurard settled before moving it across the point to Mueller. Mueller gathered and faked shot before sneaking on through the crowd and past Jackson. The goal was Mueller's second of the night.
Tedenby and the Black Bears cut the advantage to 3-1, 11:12 into the third period. Moments have a great blocker save by Jackson, Tereza Vanisova broke out of the Maine zone, streaking down the right boards before circling into the slot and firing a shot on net. Northeastern goaltender Aerin Frankel kicked the shot wide right to the stick of Tedenby who quickly rifled a shot past Frankel, stick-side.
Maine and Northeastern close the weekend series on Saturday with puck drop on Maine's annual Skating Strides game set for 2 p.m. This year's Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer game, sponsored by Consolidated Communications, includes commemorative pink jerseys worn by the team that will be auctioned off during the game.
Skating Strides has been a Hockey East initiative since January 2007. These games have raised over $300,000 for breast cancer charities across New England in that time, with all funds staying in-state for each school.
Funds raised by the Black Bears goes to the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing in Lewiston.