ORONO — Third-seeded Maine scored three goals in the first period and held on for a 3-2 win Friday afternoon against sixth-seeded Boston University in Game 1 of the Hockey East quarterfinals.

It was the first-ever postseason win for the Black Bears (18-12-5), who also set a school record for wins in a season. Maine will try to clinch the best-of-three series Saturday afternoon.

Josefine Engmann opened the scoring just 4:26 in the game. Tereza Vanisova, who assisted on the first goal, got two goals in a 53-second span later in the period to make it 3-0.


MASS-BOSTON 61, SOUTHERN MAINE 46: Reserve Megan Dixon scored 21 points, including 4 of 8 from behind the 3-point arc, to pace the second-seeded Beacons (24-3) past the third-seeded Huskies (14-13) in a Little East semifinal at Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Kristen Curley led USM with 15 points, including three 3-pointers.


BOSTON COLLEGE 6, MAINE 3: After surrendering a first-period goal, the Eagles (17-13-3, 17-6-0 Hockey East) scored four consecutive goals to take control against the Black Bears (16-13-4, 10-10-3) at Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Kevin Lohan led Boston College with two goals and an assist. Logan Hutsko had a goal and two assists, and Michael Kim recorded three assists.

Veli Tiuraniemi, Patrick Shea and Emil Westerlund scored for Maine and Jeremy Swayman made 29 saves.

The teams meet again Saturday night in a regular-season finale.


(18) RHODE ISLAND 81, DAYTON 56: Jeff Dowtin scored 20 points, E.C. Matthews added 18 and the Rams (22-5, 15-1) wrapped up their first outright Atlantic-10 regular-season title with a win over the visiting Flyers (13-15, 7-9).


MAINE 5, OHIO 1: The Black Bears (1-4) hit a pair of first-inning home runs and got strong pitching from Justin Courtney to beat the Bobcats (2-3) in Emerson, Georgia.

Jeremy Pena lined the first pitch of the contest for his second homer on season. One out later, Danny Casals blasted a three-run homer to give Maine a 4-0 lead.

Hernen Sardinas made it 5-0 with a leadoff home run in the third inning.

Courtney went 7 2/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits.

CLAREMONT-MUDD- SCRIPPS 9, BATES 1: Giovanni Torres scored on an RBI single by Dan Trulli single in the top of the first to give Bates (0-5) an early lead, but the Bobcats were shut out the rest of the way in a loss to the Stags (9-3) at Claremont, California.


MAINE SPLITS TWO GAMES: Alyssa Derrick went 2 for 3 with three RBI to propel the Black Bears to a season-opening 11-1 win over Bucknell (0-1) at Wilmington, North Carolina.

Maine jumped out to a 6-1 lead, scoring three runs in the first and three in the fourth before allowing an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth.

Rachel Carlson also drove in three runs, and Kristen Niland was 2 for 2 and scored two runs.

Carlson went 3 for 4 with a double in Maine’s second game of the day, but the Black Bears lost 3-1 to North Carolina-Wilmington.

Maine got its run in the top of the second when Meghan Royle reached on fielder’s choice, stole second, and scored when Maddie Kimble’s single was misplayed.

UNC-Wilmington tied it in the bottom of the inning and took the lead in the third on a two-run homer by Dominique Travers.

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