Northeastern had its four-game winning streak put to rest against Maine in a 6-2 setback on Friday night at Matthews Arena. The front end of the twinbill marked the 100th game between the Huskies and Black Bears, dating back to Dec. 1, 1977.
Freshman Justin Daniels drove in his second-career goal while third-year forward Steve Silva scored his second powerplay tally of the year, both coming in the third period.
Maine blanketed the Huskies with five unanswered goals before Daniels ended the Black Bears' spree at 6:30 of the third.
The story of the game was the two 10-minute game misconducts charged to junior Tyler McNeely and sophomore Alex Tuckerman for hitting from behind. Each offense yielded a powerplay goal for the Black Bears. Northeastern racked up eight penalties for 38 minutes, the most through eight games.
Maine's Ryan Hegarty was handed the third 10-minute game misconduct of the contest at 13:28 of the third, but unfortunately for the Huskies, the Black Bears were able to breakthrough with a man down for the first short-handed goal against NU this year.
Rookie defenseman Drew Ellement and senior Dylan Wiwchar earned their first and second-career points, respectively on Daniels' tally.
Freshman goaltender Chris Rawlings started his eight-straight game for the Huskies, but was relived by classmate Bryan Mountain at 10:24 of the final stanza. Rawlings stopped 20-of-26 shots while Mountain did not see any Maine attempts down the stretch. Friday night marked Mountain's debut for the Huskies.
Freshman Robbie Vrolyk sent the first jolt of the game after sophomore Mike McLaughlin created a turnover in the neutral zone and turned the puck to Vrolyk on the wing. Vrolyk made a nifty move around one defender and delivered a mighty wrist shot that had MU's Scott Darling beat, but Vrolyk's blast was met by the left post near the 10:00 mark of the first period.
Maine started its run at 17:40 of the opening frame when Adam Shemansky lifted the puck to the top of the net after Matt Mangene's original shot bounced off of Rawlings for the 1-0 lead.
Shemansky had a hand in the Black Bears' next goal after setting up Spencer Abbott with a one-time pass at 3:22 of the second period. Abbott's blast from 15-feet out doubled up Maine's edge, 2-0.
The Black Bears added two more in the second with a powerplay goal from Will O'Neill and an even-strength marker from Mike Banwell at 12:11 and 19:44, respectively. O'Neill's goal was one-of-two 5 x 3 lamplighters for Maine. After McNeely's major infraction, sophomore Alex Tuckerman was whistled off with a slashing call at 10:52 to give Maine the two-man advantage.
Banwell's attack extended Maine's buffer, 4-0. Banwell was exiting the penalty box from a prior infraction and was the beneficiary of perfect pass from Mangene in NU's zone. Mangene arched the puck through the air to a lonesome Banwell, who was able to maneuver around Rawlings without any defense to hinder him.
Robby Dee tacked on Maine's fifth goal at 2:21 of the third on the 5 x 3. Dee hammered home a loose puck that was originally discharged from Mangene's stick.
Mangene constructed a playmaker (three assists) in the 6-2 win.
Daniels terminated Maine's run at 6:30 on a precise backhand attempt in front of the net. Darling bit on Ellement's fake, giving Daniels a wide-open look to the right side of the net. Wiwchar engineered the play with the original pass from the top-right point to dig into Maine's lead, 5-1.
Kyle Solomon negated the goal on the shorthanded tally at 10:24 but Silva had the last word at 12:43. O'Neill was carted off for a five-minute boarding call at 7:43 while Mike Cornell saw two minutes for a slash at 12:43. Vermeersch wasted no time with the two-man opportunity and ripped a shot from the top of the point. Silva was able to redirect the blast in the crease for the final tally of the game, 6-2. Kraemer received credit with the second assist and skates into Saturday's game with his first pointstreak of the season.
Darling finished with 21 stops on the evening. Maine had not won a regular season Hockey East road decision since Dec. 7, 2008.
Matthews Arena plays host to a rematch of Maine and Northeastern tomorrow, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.