Orono, Maine – An action packed first period, an important Brown goal in the third and a late Maine surge led to a 4-4 overtime tie in the first of two games in the Battle of the Bears. Brown (2-2-4) boasted three players with multiple point nights, but Maine (7-5-3) got two goals with less than five minutes to play in regulation to force overtime.
It was a whirlwind first period as five goals were scored in the first 15:02 of the game, three on the power play.
Brown got on the board first as the freshman connection of Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) and Brittany Moorehead (Clinton, N.Y.) put Brown up 1-0, just 41 seconds into the game. Moorehead was able to set up Robson for her second goal of the season
Maine was able to rebound however, as Tori Pasquariello tallied the equalizer less than three minutes later. Black Bears went ahead at 7:45 on a power play goal by Brianne Kilgour.
Senior co-captain Katelyn Landry (Belmont, Mass.) made sure the Black Bear lead did not hold for long as she used the player-advantage to tie it up just over two and half minutes later, taking the feed from rookie Shannon Flatley (Toronto, Ontario) for her team-leading sixth goal of the season.
The Bears kept the pressure on, getting another power play which led to last year's leading scorer junior Laurie Jolin (Lachine, Quebec) tallying her first goal of the 2011-12 season at 15:02. Senior co-captain Paige Pyett (Milestone, Saskatchewan) and sophomore Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) were there for the assists.
After a quiet second period, Brown was able to get an important fourth goal from Hoyle on the power play at 8:32. Jolin and Robson were there on the assists.
The goal proved to be crucial for the Bears as Maine was able to net two goals late, at 15:45 and 17:48 to force overtime.
There were five total penalties in the overtime period, three on Brown and two on Maine, but neither team could take advantage as the game ended in a 4-4 tie.
The Battle of the Bears: Game Two, will take place tomorrow, Saturday, November 19 at 3 p.m.