I want to write about Maine hockey this week, but not the men’s team. It’s been a great start to the season for the University of Maine women’s ice hockey team. Maine enters Christmas break riding a six-game unbeaten streak. The Black Bears have a record of 12-6-3 overall, 6-3-2 in Hockey East play. Maine is receiving votes in the latest UCSHO.com poll, and is just outside the top-10 in the 11th spot.
The team is fourth in the league standings, and the 12 overall wins are second most in the conference this season. Maine has wins over #9 Quinnipiac and #10 Robert Morris, in addition to Hockey East wins over BU, UConn, Northeastern, and Vermont.
The team is coached by Ricky Reichenbach, who is in his fifth season as head coach. He is assisted by wife, Sara.
The Black Bears are led by sophomore Tereza Vanisova (Strakonice, Czech Republic), who has nine goals and 22 assists for 31 points. She ranks fifth in Hockey East in scoring and ninth nationally in points per game. Brooke Stacey (Kahnawake, Quebec) is adding nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points.
Sophomore Carly Jackson (Amherst, Nova Scotia) is 10-5-3 on the season in goal with a 1.85 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. She leads Hockey East in GAA and ranks fourth in save percentage.
In addition, the team is continuing its volunteering in the community, and has been actively supporting the Ashley Wade Foundation this year.
Maine opens the new year with three games on the road, but returns to Alfond Arena on Jan. 19 and 20th to host Merrimack.