ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine men's ice hockey team scored four power play goals in the second period in a 5-1 win over Vermont on Friday night at Alfond Arena. Maine had two goals from Mike Lundin and one each from Josh Soares, Keenan Hopson and Mike Hamilton in the game. Goalie Dave Wilson had 32 saves and one goal against in his first career start. The Black Bears are now 18-8-2 overall and 11-8-1 in Hockey East while Vermont is 15-10-4 overall and 10-6-4 in conference play.
Vermont had the first shot of the game, but then Maine took the next five shots. The Catamounts came close at 4:38 in the first period when Corey Carlson hit the crossbar. The team's then traded power play opportunities, with Vermont again coming close when a shot by Brian Roloff went wide of the net. The Black Bears took the lead when Josh Soares (Hamilton, Ontario) went in on a two-on-one with Billy Ryan (Milton, Mass.) and put the puck top shelf for the goal. Billy Ryan and Travis Ramsey (Lakewood, Calif.) had assists on the goal at 16:41. Maine had a thirteen to eleven lead on shots in the first period.
In the second period, Vermont had an early power play but was unable to tie the game. On the Black Bears second power play of the night, Keenan Hopson (Prince George, British Columbia) scored at 3:47 with assists from Keith Johnson (Windsor, Conn.) and Josh Soares. With the Black Bears on their third power play, Maine took a 3-0 lead when Mike Lundin (Apple Valley, Minn.) scored with assists from Michel Léveillé (Levis, Quebec) and Mike Hamilton (Victoria, British Columbia) at 7:57. At 8:53 in the period, Viktor Stĺlberg was called for a five-minute hitting from behind and game misconduct penalty. Maine added a third power play goal when Mike Lundin again found the net from the point. Mike Hamilton and Teddy Purcell (St. John's, Newfoundland) had assists at 9:40. Maine added a second goal on the five-minute penalty when Mike Hamilton scored with assists from Teddy Purcell and Michel Léveillé at 11:56. Following the goal, Vermont pulled Joe Fallon and put Mike Spillane in net. On a late power play chance by the Catamounts, Brian Roloff hit the right post on a tipped shot with two minutes remaining in the period. Vermont led twelve to seven on shots in the period, but Maine scored on four of the seven shots.
The action slowed early in the third period, but at the eight minute mark Maine's Tony Morrone (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and Travis Ramsey both had shots saved by Spillane. Vermont had three shots saved by Dave Wilson (Toronto, Ontario) on a power play chance at the midpoint of the period. The Catamounts got on the scoreboard at 11:03 when Jay Anctil scored his first career goal with assists from Andy Corran and Tom Collingham. The teams traded power play chances late in the period, but neither team could add to the scoreboard. With 1:47 remaining in the game, Dave Wilson was replaced by Shane Foley (Clinton, N.Y.) for his first action of the season. Maine had a twelve to ten lead on shots in the final period.
In goal, Maine's Dave Wilson had one goal against and 32 saves, while Shane Foley did not face a shot. For Vermont, Joe Fallon had five goals against and 14 saves, while Mike Spillane had 13 saves. Maine had six penalties for twelve minutes and Vermont had seven penalties for 25 minutes. On power plays, Maine was 4-8 and Vermont was 0-6. For the game, Maine was outshot by Vermont 33 to 32. The game marked the first this season that Ben Bishop (Des Peres, Mo.) did not start.
The Black Bears will complete the series with Vermont on Saturday night at Alfond Arena. CSTV will broadcast the game with an 8:00 pm start. For tickets or more information on University of Maine athletics, visit www.GoBlackBears.com or call 581-BEAR.