Collegiate women's ice hockey

Black Bears put on offensive clinic in exhibition at MRC

UMaine skates past Hockey Training Institute of Ontario, Canada 9-0
By Staff | Sep 27, 2017
Photo by: Ken Waltz University of Maine's Anna Zikova, front, and Hockey Training Institute's Natalie Mlynkova battle for the puck during a Sept. 22 college women's ice hockey exhibition at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. The Black Bears beat the visitors from Ontario, Canada 9-0.

Rockport — The Division I collegiate women’s ice hockey season began with exhibition play over the weekend.

And for the state’s flagship program — the University of Maine in Orono — the season began in the Midcoast. Namely, at the Midcoast Recreation Center.

Click for photos from this exhibition.

Playing their first game of the preseason against the Hockey Training Institute of Ontario, Canada, the Black Bears put on an offensive clinic for more than 120 fans as they skated to a lopsided 9-0 victory.

Jesse Simko, MRC arena director, said despite attendance being lower than he had hoped, “everyone reported having a great experience and we look forward to trying to have the women's team come back again in the future.”

He said there was a player meet-and-greet after warmups and before the game where children were able to meet the team.

“I've been reaching out to the Black Bears for the last couple years and we were able to get the men's team to come down for a preseason clinic at last year’s open house day,” Simko said. “I was able to get in contact with the [women's] team and we found a way to make this preseason game work. This is the most high-profile game during my time here for sure.”

"We had a great experience at Midcoast Recreation Center,” said UMaine women’s coach Richard Reichenbach, now in his fourth year guiding the Black Bears. “The facility was clean, the ice was extremely fast and it was a smaller rink like the Alfond [Arena], which suited our style of play.”

UMaine jumped to a 4-0 lead after the first period and 6-0 after two periods before adding three more scores in the third.

Leading the Black Bear offense were Michelle Weis (2 goals, 2 assists), Tereza Vanisova (goal, 2 assists), Vendula Pribylova (2 goals, 2 assists), Kristin Gilmour (goal, assist), Alyson Matteau (goal, assist), Brittany Colton (goal), Brooke Stacey (goal), Anna Zikova (assist), Sierra Semmel (assist) and Catherine Tufts (assist).

Reichenbach said, while in terms of conditioning they will “need to continue to work and making sure we can play a full 45-second shift at the pace we want to play Maine hockey,” he added that from a team chemistry standpoint the Black Bears were topnotch, particularly given the squad has a combined 18 freshmen and sophomores.

That, and they appreciated being able to play a home game away from home, where they could interact with fans and spectators.

“We appreciate the effort the Midcoast Recreation Center put into hosting our game,” he said. “It was a beautiful facility and we loved having the fans right over the glass on our net. Having the kids come in the locker room before the game to meet the girls and interact is special. Hopefully [there are] a few future Black Bears are in that group.”

The regular season begins for the Black Bears at home Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29-30 with a two-game set against Quinnipiac University of Connecticut.

UMaine's 25-player team includes Maine natives Jillian Flynn of Presque Isle, Sierra Semmel of Dedham and Taylor Leech of Bowdoinham, while many of the Black Bear ice athletes come from other countries, such as Canada, Norway, Russia, Denmark, Austria, Sweden and the Czech Republic, to name a few.

UMaine players skate onto the ice before the second period. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
HTI's Natalie Mlynkova. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Victoria Hummel, left, and Alyson Matteau (7), among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Alyson Matteau, left, and Brittany Colton. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Carly Jackson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Daria Tereshkina. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Mikayla Rogers. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Vendulla Pribylova. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Catherine Tufts. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Brooke Stacey. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Jessica Jacques, right, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Brooke Stacey, left, and Catherine Tufts. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Anna Zikova, right, and HTI's Natalie Mlynkova. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Anna Zikova, right, and HTI's Natalie Mlynkova. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Alyson Matteau, right, and HTI's Natalie Mlynkova. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Sierra Semmel. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Sierra Semmel, front, and Alyson Matteau. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Sierra Semmel, front, and Alyson Matteau. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Sierra Semmel, left, and Alyson Matteau. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Mikayla Rogers. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Michelle Weis, left. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Vendulla Pribylova, middle, and Tereza Vanisova, right, along with HTI's Natalie Mlynkova. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Tereza Vanisova, front. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Lydia Murray. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Jillian Flynn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Josefine Engmann (23) and Cailey Hutchison (13) slap gloves with teammates on the bench. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Anna Zikova, left. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Alyson Matteau. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Anna Zikova, front. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Mikayla Rogers. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
UMaine's Victoria Hummel. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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