ORONO — Justine Fredette scored the eventual winning goal 3:34 into the third period and fifth-seeded Connecticut opened its women’s Hockey East quarterfinal series Friday night with a 3-2 win over No. 4 Maine.

Maine (10-19-3) will try to even the best-of-three series at 4 p.m. Saturday. Game 3, if necessary, would be Sunday.

Connecticut (10-17-8) took the lead with a power-play goal 5:21 into the second period, then added another power-play goal 2:25 into the third period to make it 2-0.

Emilie Brigham cut the deficit to 2-1 just 33 seconds later with an assist from Audra Richards. But Fredette answered 36 seconds later to restore UConn’s two-goal lead.

Richards pulled Maine to within 3-2 with 1:13 left as the Black Bears took advantage of the extra attacker with the goalie pulled. Brigham and Jillian Langry assisted on the goal.

Meghann Treacy finished with 32 saves for the Black Bears, who were outshot 35-28.


ST. BONAVENTURE 3, MAINE 1: Tyler Bell drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI double in the top of the sixth inning as the Bonnies (1-0) beat the Black Bears (1-7) at Winter Haven, Florida.

Maine took the lead in the bottom of the third inning when Brian Doran scored from third base on a fielder’s choice by Luke Morrill.


MAINE 5, MIDDLE TENNESSEE 2: Alexis Bogdanovich threw a complete game for the Black Bears (2-4), who scored five unanswered runs to rally past the Blue Raiders (7-4) at Clearwater, Florida.

MAINE 11, EAST CAROLINA 7: Nikki Byron hit a pair of homers and drove in three runs, and Erika Leonard added three hits, two RBI and a run scored for the Black Bears (3-4) in a win over the Pirates (6-9).


OPEN NEW ENGLANDS: USM’s Jamie Ruginski broke his own school record while finishing second in the long jump, and Sean Enos of Bates and Jeff Hale of Colby won New England titles on the opening day of the Open New England championships in Boston.

Ruginski had a best jump of 23 feet, 81/4 inches, beating his mark of 23-8 set two weeks ago at the Little East Conference championships.

Enos won the weight throw with a heave of 65-31/4, and Hale won the 5,000 meters in 14 minutes, 25.81 seconds.

USM’s Kevin Desmond and Dan Webb advanced to the finals in the 800, teammate Sheldon Allen advanced in the 60-meter hurdles, and Nick Wall placed eighth in the pole vault with a personal best 14-9.

In women’s events, USM’s Peyton Dostie advanced in both the hurdles and 400, and Nicole Kirk lowered her school record in the 200 with a time of 25.07 while earning a spot in the finals.

UMaine’s Grace MacLean was the top qualifier in the hurdles, clocking 8.81 seconds.

In other women’s events, Bowdoin’s Addison Carvajal won the pentathlon with a score of 3,522; Stonehill’s Maria Curit, of Biddeford, posted the fastest qualifying time in the 800 (2:09.91); and Maine’s Robyn McFetters was third in the weight throw (55-5).


COLBY: Dick McGee, a former athletic director and football coach, died Thursday at age 84.

McGee was head football coach from 1967-78 and athletic director from 1974-87. His 1972 football team finished with a 7-1 record, tied for the best mark in school history.