Women’s Hockey: Vanisova Natural Hat Trick gets Maine Second Conference Win

By: Max Wolpoff

ORONO, MAINE — A freshman out of the Czech Republic, Maine forward Tereza Vanisova let a four-point performance, including all three Maine goals in the third period, do most of the talking in a 4-1 win for the Black Bears.

“You don’t usually plan to score, you want to score, so sometimes that happens,” Vanisova said.

The Black Bears salvaged a weekend split with the Boston University Terriers, improving to 2-7-0 in Hockey East play and dropping BU to 4-5-0. Carly Jackson finished the game with 41 saves for her second collegiate win.

“The biggest thing for us was the play in front of our own net,” Maine head coach Richard Reichenbach said. “Carly [Jackson] played really well, but we were much better tying up sticks in front.”

For BU, the skate went on the other foot. Maine fell victim to a late third period surge yesterday, and now found themselves and the giving end of a final frame beating.

“One of the things we’ve got to do  better is raise our level of compete,” BU head coach Brian Durocher said. “We’re not innately the biggest team in college hockey, so everybody’s got to play 10-15 percent outside of their size. Sometimes we choose not to.”

Mary Parker scored the lone goal for BU, extending her point streak to # games. Victoria Bach drove the net hard, but the rebound popped free for Parker to tap behind Jackson. Bach now sits two points away from her 100th collegiate point.

23 seconds into the second period, the Black Bears took away the only lead BU would hold. Brooke Stacey, with assists from Vanisova and Alyson Matteau, finished the play for the only scoring of the middle 20 minutes.

BU went the whole first period and half the second without taking a penalty, the longest such streak of the season. In the team’s 12-year history, they have never gone a whole game without a penalty.

“Lately, I think we’ve gotten a little stretched out,” Durocher said about his penalty kill. “We haven’t quite been there to decide the factor.”

Erin O’Neil stopped 28 of 32 Maine shots, but fell victim to the onslaught from Maine’s second line.

Vanisova broke the deadlock with a hard crash on the net on the power play, then struck again from distance after a turnover. To finish the hat trick, she skated behind the net and O’Neil anticipated the wraparound. Vanisova stopped, turned back, and potted the puck between O’Neil’s skate and the post.

When asked if she planned to score that way, she laughed and said “Oh yeah, I saw her.”

“Sometimes, when you’re watching the game live and you think ‘Oh wow, that’s easy, we fooled the goalie, got her over to one post and came around’,” Durocher said. “She made a big-time play there,”

With a late power play, Durocher tried pulling O’Neil for the six-on-four. BU only mustered two shots on the advantage.

“I was hoping we would be just a little more thorough, a little more determined, and that wasn’t quite the case,” Durocher said.

Maddie Elia took a high shot from teammate Rebecca Leslie on that woman-advantage. Elia crumpled to the ice, but would return after a short stay on the bench.

Maine now heads into next weekend with a match-up against New Hampshire in Auburn, Maine. BU will return to Massachusetts to face the Merrimack College Warriors in a Friday-Saturday series.

For the remainder of the regular season, BU will not travel north of Massachusetts for any of their games.

“We may not be as big as we want to be physically, but there’s plenty of skill on this team, plenty of opportunity, and that little bit of determination, that extra 10 percent from every kid, could go a long ways,” Durocher said.

Author: Max Wolpoff

Journalism student at Boston University ('19), lifelong fan of the Washington Capitals. Current broadcaster for the Boston Blades of the CWHL. If you ever need him during the week, Max is probably studying for something.

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