PRESQUE ISLE, Me (WAGM) - The University of Maine Women's hockey team played their first ever game in Presque Isle this weekend. Isaac Luken has the story about the exhibition game against Mt. Allison University and the homecoming for Presque Isle grad Jillian Flynn.
The crowd was loud for Jillian Flynn who returned to the county to make her first collegiate start for the Maine Black Bears.
"It was very cool. It was nice to have the support and it was really cool to play my first game in my home rink where I grew up playing since the age of four or five. I think this was meaningful for both me and the team. Yeah being up here with all the Maine fans we love it," Flynn said.
Flynn started in goal and played the entire game as Maine won 6-3. She made 18 saves on the afternoon and joked about how nervous she was playing in the Forum.
"Ha. I just told my coach I didn't think I could feel my legs in the first period, but yeah I was nervous. A little bit of added pressure because I was here in Presque Isle at home," Flynn explained.
"I thought she played composed, she played her game the whole game. And Jillian is a very relaxed person and I think that helped her. She stayed calm and poised the whole game," said head coach Richard Reichenbach.
The Black Bears said the trip to a County was a memorable one.
"We were driving up and there was no snow in Orono. So as we drove up it just kept piling up and piling up and they were all so happy, it's getting close to Christmas. They thought it was pretty cool," Flynn said.
"Good to have a pretty decent crowd and just to play and have fun. An old barn that reminds me of growing up and playing hockey," added sophomore Alyson Matteau.
"It was a great experience, the people were so good to us. We're glad we put on a good performance for them," Reichenbach said.
Maine hopes to come back to Presque Isle next year and make the game in the County a yearly tradition.
"I think it's something that's become a big part of the program in the last few years. Playing in Auburn and now having a great experience in Presque Isle. As long as we can find a good date and team to play, it's something we want to do every year," Reichenbach said.