ORONO, Maine - Sadie Wright-Ward (Durham, N,H.) scored the game-tying goal with 1:54 remaining in regulation to lift the ninth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 2-2 Hockey East tie against the University of Maine at Alfond Arena.
UNH, now 6-0-1 in seven lifetime games at Alfond Arena, improved to 15-8-3 overall and 10-1-2 in Hockey East. Maine is 8-13-4, 5-7-2.
With the score tied at 1-1 in the third period, Karen Droog netted a shorthanded goal at 12:35 in a 2-on-l rush to give the Black Bears their second lead of the game.
UNH called time out before the start of its power play at 16:20 and tied the game when Wright-Ward scored on a rebound in front of the net at 18:06. Martine Garland (Toronto, Out), whose initial shot from the high slot was blocked at the top of the crease, and Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) set up the game-tying tally.
UNH goaltender Melissa Bourdon (Ile Bizard, Quebec) finished with 30 saves, including one in the five-minute overtime session. Maine's Lara Smart stopped 26.shots, including three in OT.
Maine led 1-0 through one period of play when Meagan Aarts, standing at the top of the crease, redirected Tristan Desmet's centering pass from the left circle into the net at 14:42. Cheryl White was also credited with an assist on the power-play tally.
The Wildcats tied the game late in the second period on a Shannon Clement (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario) power-play goal at 18:44. The scoring sequence began with Garland's slap shot from the left point. Rebecca Paul (Sudbury, Out) gathered the loose puck in the low slot and pushed the puck to Clement, who scored at the left doorstep,
UNH returns to action Feb. 20 at home against the University of Connecticut. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.