ORONO – A 3-0 deficit in the third period would be enough to make many hockey teams feel like they’re out of the game, and the stakes were even higher for Maine women’s hockey Sunday. Tied at a game a piece, Maine found itself in this scenario in its elimination game with Boston University, with a spot in the Hockey East Semifinals on the line.
Head coach Richard Reichenbach tried to rally the troops going into the final frame, senior Brooke Stacey contemplated the end of her career.
“I just zoned out a little bit because the atmosphere was a little iffy,” Stacey said. “I couldn’t focus.”
Somehow though, Stacey did just that. With 11 minutes left in the period, Stacey followed up a rebound for the first Maine goal of the game. Over the next seven minutes, she would continue her tear, scoring twice more and tying the game for Maine, a natural hat trick in the period alone. The period earned her Women’s Hockey East Association Player of the Week honors, and will live on as one of the greatest feats in Alfond Arena history.
“I don’t even know. It was super exciting,” she said. “Everyone was so happy, and I guess in shock kind of because we were down by three with 11 minutes left. And I guess all of the hard work, I don’t know, it was a happy moment.”
Sophomore forward Tereza Vanisova would go on to slot the game-winner in overtime, setting up Maine for a matchup with Northeastern in the next round.