ORONO – It has been a renaissance year for Maine women’s hockey.
After finishing last in Hockey East last season, the Black Bears have been a new team in 2017 as they are in a tie for fourth place.
A well balanced attack spearheaded by sophomore Tereza Vanisova and a stout defense has catapulted the Black Bears to wins over perennial powers such as Quinnipiac, Northeastern and Boston University.
It has been those consistent results against top talent that has been missing in Orono for some time.
“Its been so much fun winning rather than you know losing at this time of year. Talking about you know let’s get to third place or second place or what we need to get to first place as opposed to just making the playoffs has been tremendous for our players and a great experience,” head coach Richard Reichenbach said.
The team says the biggest difference this season has been their depth.
The Black Bears have 14 different goal scorers and seven players with at least eight points.
Vanisova has led the way for the Black Bears with 21 points and at the same time has announced herself to the rest of the country.
The sophomore is just one of many underclassmen that have made some noise for the Black Bears on offense this season.
Sprinkle in some crucial contributions from upperclassmen and the Black Bears are primed to sustain success the rest of the season.
“Like we’re not just one line of good players we have an entire team to rely on and I think that’s an enormous factor to our success,” forward Brooke Stacey said.