ORONO – As Maine women’s hockey trudges towards its semifinal matchup with Northeastern, the Black Bears collected major Women’s Hockey East honors in the process.
Head coach Richard Reichenbach was named the conference’s Coach of the Year, becoming the first in program history to ever take home such an award. He helped lead Maine to a 19-13-5 overall record this year, earning the Black Bears the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament.
Joining Reichenbach in picking up awards are defender Alyson Matteau and forward Tereza Vanisova, both of whom were named to the conference’s second team. Goaltender Carly Jackson was also an honorable mention.
Now the Black Bears prepare for Northeastern in the semifinals this weekend, and senior forward Brooke Stacey, who helped carry Maine to this point with a hat trick in its last playoff game, believes the team is ready to roll.
“I think we’ll be fine,” she said. “I think we should do very well, especially building off of this past game. And I think as long as we leave everything on the ice we’re going to come out on top again.”