ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine scored three first period goals and never looked back as it defeated Dalhousie 5-1 in an exhibition game in Alfond Arena on Sunday afternoon. Maine got goals from five different players in the victory.
Ryan Lomberg (Richmon Hill, Ontario) put the Black Bears up 1-0 when he received a pass from Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) behind Maine's goal and skated the length of the ice beating Dalhousie goalie Bobby Nadeau at 4:27 of the opening frame.
Maine added to its lead when Andrew Cerretani (Pelham, N.H.) fired the rebound of an Eric Schurhamer (St. Paul, MN) shot past Nadeau. Brian Morgan (Winham, N.H.) also assisted on the play at 7:57.
Maine made it 3-0 with a power play goal by Connor Leen (Chester, N.Y.) at 12:26 of the first. Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario) fired the puck into traffic in front of the net before Leen gained control and deposited it into the back of the net.
Dalhousie had a great chance when when the puck bounced past Maine goalie Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec), but a diving Maine captain Brice O'Connor (Londonderry, N.H.) was able to stop the puck on the goal line.
After a scoreless second period, Dalhousie got on the board with a breakaway power play goal by Chris Ivanko at 2:48 of the third period. Maine answered right back when Conor Riley (Massena, N.Y.) dug the puck out of the corner to Will Merchant (Eagan, Minn). Merchant fired a shot on goal that Cam Brown (Natick, Mass.) battled through traffic in the crease to put into the back of the net.
Maine closed out the scoring when Steven Swavely (Reading, Pa) deflected a Dan Renouf (Pickering, Ontario) shot past Nadeau at 14:17. Bill Norman (Stockholm, Sweden) also assisted on the play for the Black Bears.
Maine outshot Dalhousie 42-18 in the contest. The Black Bears finished 1-for-4 on the power play while Dalhousie converted one of its 11 chances.
Maine goalie Ouellette made 17 saves in the game. Bobby Nadeau stopped 37 shots for Dalhousie.
Maine returns to action on Friday, October 11 when it travels to St. Lawrence for the season opener against the Saints