The Maine women’s hockey team’s season came to an end this afternoon as the Black Bears fell to New Hampshire 2-0 in the semifinals of the Hockey East Tournament at Matthews Arena in Boston, Mass. Maine finishes with a record of 12-15-4 overall while UNH moves on to the Hockey East Championship game against the winner of Providence versus Connecticut.
Maine couldn’t match New Hampshire’s intensity in this one, as the Wildcats outshot the Black Bears by a 43-15 margin for the game. The two teams played to a scoreless first period, with UNH netting one goal in each of the final two periods.
In the second period, Maine’s Naomi Smethurst (Hay River, Northwest Terr.) was whistled for a tripping penalty at the 4:06 mark. New Hampshire capitalized on the power play opportunity as Hockey East First Team All-Star Stephanie Jones scored her 22nd goal of the season on an assist from HE second-teamer Allison Edgar. UNH’s Carolyn Gordon provided the insurance goal at the 16:01 mark of the third period, as Maine didn’t get many opportunities to test Hockey East Player of the Year and first team goaltender Jen Huggon.
Maine senior goaltender Dawn Froats (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan) was simply outstanding for the Black Bears with a 41-save performance in net, but Maine wasn’t able to equal the Wildcats’ offensive output.
Huggon stopped all 15 shots she faced for UNH, picking up an amazing 10th shutout in 16 games against Hockey East opponents.