6 new players to join the UMaine women’s ice hockey team

July 16 – A Hungarian national team player and a transfer to Dartmouth College are among six incoming players who will join the University of Maine women’s ice hockey program this season.

UMaine has reached Hockey East’s semifinals the past two seasons, losing 1-0 to Providence in overtime in the semifinals last season.

Richard Reichenbach’s Black Bears went 8-9-1 despite having to play all of their road games due to COVID-19 restrictions in Maine.

Since the NCAA did not register any student-athletes per year of eligibility last year due to the pandemic, UMaine will be returning all but two players: defensemen Anna Zikova and Daria Tereshkina, both of whom were selected. in the National Women’s Hockey League draft on June 29.

Reichenbach said he liked the incoming class and said they will be able to develop without being under pressure because “we have the most comprehensive returning group we have ever had”.

Mira Seregely wants to be the first Hungarian woman to play UMaine. She had 18 goals and 23 assists in 2019-20 for the Ontario Hockey Academy, but last season was wiped out by the pandemic. She has scored four goals and one assist in her last 13 games for Hungary.

Jen Costa is a forward who has appeared in 83 games at Dartmouth College and has seven goals and five assists, including four goals and three assists in 29 games in 2019-20. Dartmouth did not have a season in 2020-21 due to the pandemic.

Six-foot defender Bailey Oakes could be an immediate contributor to the defense, according to Reichenbach. She scored five goals and collected 10 assists in 36 games for the Toronto Eros in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League in 2019-2020.

Forward Alyssa Wruble of Bethlehem, Pa., Had 18 goals and 14 assists for the Philadelphia Junior Flyers in 2019-20.

Darci Matson has spent part of the past four seasons with the Alaska 19U All-Star team and led his team to the Pacific District Championship after recording 14 points in four games. She was recommended to the UMaine coaching staff by Jeremy Swayman, another Alaskan goaltender and former UMaine All-American goaltender and Hobey Baker Award finalist, who now plays for the UMaine. Boston Bruins of the NHL.

Courtney Colarullo is a fast skating defenseman from Ayer, Massachusetts, who played the past three seasons for New Hampton School in New Hampshire.

Reichenbach said Seregely is a highly skilled player who can play in all situations and can both score goals and be a playmaker. She also has a good defensive conscience.

Oakes will have one of the hardest shots on the team, while Costa will provide valuable leadership and be a two-way player. Matson has the potential to become a top-six forward during her career. Colarullo is smart with the puck and can get it out of the defensive zone and Wruble is a serious player who will be a good checker and penalty killer.

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