ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine men's ice hockey team got goals from five different players as it skated past Acadia 5-1 on Sunday afternoon in an exhibition game at Alfond Arena. Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) and Will O'Neill (Salem, Mass.) each chipped in with a goal and an assist for the Black Bears.
Maine took a 1-0 lead at 9:32 of the opening period with a power play goal by Will O'Neill. Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) fed O'Neill on the blueline, who got a step on his defender, and beat Acadia goalie Michael Chaisson. Tanner House (Cochrane, Alberta) also dished out an assist on the goal.
Maine goalie Shawn Sirman (Blezard Valley, Ontario) made two point blank saves on Zachary Firlotte and Christopher Bruton in the final minute of the first period to keep the game 1-0.
The Black Bears took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
The Black Bears grabbed a 2-0 lead at 8:10 of the second period. Kelen Corkum (Newburyport, Mass.) received a pass from Jon Swavely (Reading, Pa.) and rifled a shot that found the upper corner of the goal. Brice O'Connor (Londonderry, N.H.) also assisted on the goal for the Black Bears. The goal turned out to be the game-winner.
The Black Bears added a goal late in the second period. Nick Pryor (Woodbury, Minn.) had a shot from the right faceoff circle that Chaisson stopped, but the rebound went right to Brian Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.), who tapped the puck into the empty net.
Maine added to its lead just 19 seconds into the third period. Maine goalie Dan Sullivan (York, Pa.) passed the puck up to O'Neill. O'Neill found Nyquist who would do the rest. Nyquist eluded his defender and broke in alone on Chaisson. He fired the puck over his glove, giving Maine a 4-0 advantage.
Acadia got on the board at 8:32 of the third period when Andrew Clark shot a puck that just found the inside of the right post. Cullen Morin assisted on the goal for Acadia.
Maine answered back just 13 seconds later. Matt Mangene (Manorville, N.Y.) and Adam Shemansky (Robbinsville, N.J.) teamed up to find Kyle Beattie. Beattie beat Chaisson, to give Maine a 5-1 lead.
Maine held a 38-16 advantage in shots in the game. Maine goalie Shawn Sirman made 8 saves in 28:10 minutes of play. He picks up the win for the Black Bears. Dan Sullivan stopped seven shots in 31:19.
The Black Bears take the ice for the regular season opener on Friday, Oct. 8 when they host UMass Lowell. Game time is set for 7 PM. Tickets are available and can be purchased by calling 207-581-BEAR or 1-800-756-TEAM.