ORONO, Maine — Senior day for The University of Maine women’s ice hockey team ended with a walk-off goal in overtime as senior Jennie Gallo provided the game winner in a 3-2 Maine win against No. 4 Boston University.
A pair of crucial penalties, one near the end of regulation and another early in overtime, put Maine on a five-on-three power play. After a barrage of attempts, with 20 seconds left in the power play, freshman Kayla Kaluzny fired at the net, after the puck ricocheted off of a blocker, it found its way to Gallo, who put home the winner.
The scoring started deep into the opening period as BU standout Jenn Wakefield skated on a diagonal across the neutral zone and received a perfect pass from Kaleigh Fratkin. All Wakefield needed was a fraction of a second to get past a Maine defender and flip a wrist shot over the right blocker of Maine goalie, Brittany Ott. Catherine Ward also assisted on the play.
Maine then took control of the game midway through the second period with two unanswered goals. The first came as Danielle Ward drove down behind the BU net and dumped the puck in front where Dawn Sullivan stuffed home the game-tying goal, top shelf.
The Black Bears notched the go-ahead goal with just a few minutes left in the second period as BU went on one of their four total power plays. However, it was Maine who was able to find the back of the net as Chloe Tinkler connected with Brittany Dougherty, who wrapped her stick around Kerrin Sperry and lifted a shot over her shoulder to give Maine a 2-1 lead.
Maine would hold this advantage for nearly the entire final period. After an ambush of offensive attacks from the Terriers, they finally broke through to even the score with 42 seconds left in regulation.