NORTH ANDOVER, MA ó No. 1 University of Maine scored four power-play goals to defeat Merrimack College 4-1 Friday night in Hockey East action at Lawler Arena. Teddy Purcell dished out three assists and Michel Leveille added two for the Black Bears, who improved to 7-0-0 (2-0-0 Hockey East) with the win. Freshman Pat Kimball (Framingham, MA) scored for the Warriors, who fell to 1-5-1 (1-2-0 Hockey East). The Black Bears opened the scoring at 9:21 of the first period on a power play goal by Brent Shepheard. Bret Tyler fired a shot from the point that was redirected by Shepheard past Merrimack senior netminder Jim Healey (Holyrood, N.F.) to give maine a 1-0 lead. The Warriors knotted the score at one just over five minutes later when Kimball banged the puck past Black Bears netminder Ben Bishop. Senior Mike Alexiou (Pickering, Ontario) took a shot that was stopped by Bishop, but Kimball gathered the rebound and tallied his second goal of the season. Freshman J.C. Robitaille (Des Ruisseaux, Quebec) collected the second assist on the goal at 14:22. The assist extended Alexiouís scoring streak to five games. In the second period, Lundin scored what proved to be the eventual game-winner with a blast from the point that found its way past Healey. Purcell and Leveille picked up the assists on Lundinís second marker of the year. The Black Bears added their third goal at 11:40 when Keith Johnson converted a feed from Purcell with the man advantage into his third goal of the season. John Soares capped the scoring with his third goal of the year at 6:07 of the third with assists going to Purcell and Johnson. Merrimack accumulated 16 penalties for a total of 32 minutes while Maine was sent to the box 11 times for a total of 25 minutes. Consequently, the Black Bears outshot Merrimack 38-16 as Healey finished the night with 34 saves. Bishop, meanwhile, made 15 stops. The Warriors return to action Saturday night when they travel to UMass Lowell to face the River Hawks at 7 p.m.
Friday, November 3, 2006
POWER PLAY LIFTS MAINE PAST MERRIMACK, 4-1
Black Bears score all four goals on power-play.