"We weathered some storms tonight," said head coach Nate Handrahan. "Maine came out and played hard but we showed some great resilience and got it done. Butter was great all weekend and it was awesome to have Thomas get her first collegiate goal as an OT winner."
The first period remained relatively quiet on shots, despite the fact that Maine was given three extra man advantages and Robert Morris had two. The Colonials fired off seven shots, while Maine put off four, but each squad's blue lines made it very difficult for either team to attack, which left the game scoreless after the first period.
Despite a lack of scoring in the second period, it was a little more action filled than the first with Maine firing off 14 shots to RMU's three in an effort to find an opening in RMU goalie Daneca Butterfield's (Kronau, Saskachewan / Notre Dame Hounds) net. However, the netminder's poised play left Maine's effort to no avail, as each team left the second period with the scoreboard still marked at 0-0.
Once again, the Black Bears outshot the Robert Morris 11 to seven in the final stanza of action, but Butterfield did not let it phase her and stopped every puck. Although both the Colonials and Black Bears put forth a solid effort to score in the third period, the game would be forced into overtime.
It did not take long in overtime for Robert Morris to execute on a play and earn the 1-0 win. Just 44 seconds into the extra period Thomas found a pass from junior Sara O'Malley (Guelph, Ontario / Hamilton Hawks) and beat Maine goalie Brittany Ott for her first career goal.
Butterfield recorded 29 saves in route to her second career shutout, while Ott made 17 saves. Both teams were unsuccessful on the power play, as Robert Morris went 0-for-4 and Maine was 0-for-6.
The Colonials have this week off, but return to the ice November 6-7 to take on Wisconsin in Madison, Wisc.