BURLINGTON, Vt. - Sophomore Gustav Nyquist, the nation's third leading scorer, had a goal and two assists and No. 19 Maine scored four power-play goals on the way to a 6-3 victory against No. 17 Vermont at a sold out Gutterson Fieldhouse on Friday night. Sophomore Scott Darling stopped 31 shots as the Black Bears improved to 12-9-2 (9-6-1 HEA) with the win. The Catamounts fell to 12-9-2 (6-8-2 HEA) with the loss.
Freshman Klas Leidermark recorded a goal and two assists while sophomore Will O'Neill added three assists for the Black Bears.
Junior Wahsontiio Stacey (Kahnawake, Que.) and freshman Sebastian Stalberg (Gothenburg, Sweden) each scored on the power play for the Catamounts. Junior Justin Milo (Edina, Minn.) notched his ninth goal of the season.
Vermont fell behind 3-0 at the end of one period and never got back into the game until midway through the third period. It was too late by then as the Catamounts dropped to 0-2 against the Black Bears this season.
"Pretty embarrassing effort for two periods," Vermont head coach Kevin Sneddon said. "We played the way we should've played for the first 15 minutes of the third period and obviously showed what we can do. But that doesn't amount to a hill of beans in terms of giving us a chance to win the hockey game. We got beat by a much better team tonight; there's no question about it."
Power-play goals by Brian Flynn and Tanner House along with an unassisted tally by Nyquist gave Maine a three-goal advantage after the opening period.
Stacey cut the deficit to 3-1 with a power-play goal at 4:29 of the second. Stacey found a loose puck in the seam with an open net in front of him for his seventh goal of the season. Milo and sophomore Drew MacKenzie (New Canaan, Conn.) both assisted.
Maine responded with two goals in the penalty filled second period to open up a 5-1 lead. There were a total of 12 penalties and seven power plays in the period.
Freshman Kyle Beattie tucked the puck past Rob Madore (Pittsburgh, Pa.) (19 saves) at the left post at 15:46 to make it 4-1. Then Dimmen scored a power-play goal from the left circle at 18:57 off a pass from Nyquist during a 4-on-3.
Down by four goals, the Catamounts showed signs of life in the first part of the final period. Milo scored in the slot on a feed from freshman Chris McCarthy (Collegeville, Pa.) at 1:52. Junior Kevan Miller (Los Angeles, Calif.) also assisted.
Stalberg cut the deficit to 5-3 with a power-play goal at 7:37. From below the goal line senior Colin Vock (Orlando, Fla.) found Stalberg between the circles to pick up his team high 13th assist of the year.
The Catamounts out shot the Black Bears 14-3 in the third but could get no closer than two goals.
Leidermark clinched the win with a power-play goal during a 4-on-1 odd man rush at 17:36.
Vermont out shot Maine 34-25 in the loss. The Black Bears, who have the nation's top ranked power play, went 4-for-6 in man-up situations. Vermont had been 50 for its last 53 on the penalty kill entering the contest.
Vermont and Maine finish the regular season series on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The game is sold out.
NOTES: Check back to www.UVMathletics.com for game highlights and postgame comments from Kevin Sneddon and Justin Milo ... The Catamounts were just 2-for-10 on the power play ... Vermont is 1-5-2 in the first game of a two-game weekend this season ... Justin Milo has seven multi-point games in 17 contests this season ... Colin Vock had a team-high six shots.