ORONO, Maine - Tanner House (Cochrane, Alberta), Chris Hahn (Fort QuAppelle, Saskatchewan) and Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) combined for four goals and three assists as the University of Maine mens ice hockey team downed Niagara 4-2 on Friday night at Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine. The Black Bears improve to 2-3-0 on the season with the win, while Niagara falls to 2-4-1.
Niagara struck first when Brian Dowd scored a power play goal at 9:22 of the first period. He tipped his initial shot out of the air and past Maine goalie Dave Wilson (Caledon East, Ontario). Egor Mironov and Wes Consorti each assisted on the goal.
Maine tied the game at 1:46 of the second period. Mike Banwell (Scarborough, Ontario) found Nyquist who ripped a shot past Niagara goalie Adam Avaramenko from the top of the right face-off circle. For Nyquist, it was his second goal of the season.
Maine took the lead less than a minute later when House tallied his first of the season. Hahn had a shot which Avaramenko stopped, but the rebound when to Nyquist behind the net. Nyquist passed to House who roofed the puck over Avaramenko.
Niagara tied the game at 17:05 of the second period when Ryan Olidis scored his first of the season from Dan Baco. Olidis carried the puck from behind the net, into the slot and beat Wilson stick side.
Maine took the the lead for good at 6:23 of the third period. Hahn picked off a Niagara clearing pass and rifled a shot past Avaramenko from between the face-off circles. For Hahn, it was his first goal of the season.
House capped the scoring for Maine at 13:13. Brian Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.) had the puck behind the net and found House skating all along down the slot. He made a perfect pass to House who beat Avaramenko for his second goal of the game. Nyquist also assisted on the play for the Black Bears to finish the game with a goal and two assists.
Wilson stopped 33 shots in goal as he improves to 1-2-0 on the season. He stopped 14 shots in the first period alone. Avaramenko made 18 saves for Niagara. He fall so to 0-1-0 on the season.
Niagara outshot Maine 35-22 in the game. The Black Bears were 1-for-3 on the power play, while Niagara was 1-for-6.
The Black Bears return to action on Saturday, Nov. 1 when they finish their two-game series with Niagara. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Alfond Arena. Tickets remain for the game.