MAINE DEFEATED BY ST. LAWRENCE, 5-2
CANTON, N.Y. -- The University of Maine men's ice hockey team got goals from Ryan Lomberg (Richmond Hill, Ontario) and Mark Anthoine (Lewiston, Maine), but three late St. Lawrence goals broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Saints the 5-2 on Saturday night at Appleton Arena in Canton, N.Y.
Maine opened the scoring at 4:27 of the first period. After Black Bear goalie Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec) made an outstanding save, Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) collected the puck and moved up the ice in transition. He found Lomberg who was teamed with Connor Leen (Chester, N.Y.) in an odd-man rush. Lomberg kept the puck and fired it past St. Lawrence goalie Matt Weninger.
St. Lawrence tied the game at 1-1 early in the second period with a power play goal. Jeremy Wick and Greg Carey teamed up to find Gavin Bayreuther in transition. Bayreuther unleashed a shot just above the face-off circle that beat Maine goalie Ouellette to knot the score.
The Saints took the lead with just 7.7 seconds remaining in the second period. Greg Carey shot the puck from the boards that Jeremy Wick batted out of the air and past Maine goalie Ouellette.
Maine tied the game at 2-2 with a power play goal at 12:00 of the third period. Dan Renouf (Pickering, Ontario) had the original shot on goal that Weninger saved, but was not able to control. Anthoine was right on the post and shot the puck into the net for his first goal of the season. Cam Brown (Natick, Mass.) also assisted on the goal to record his first collegiate point.
St. Lawrence took the lead back at 15:06 when Gunnar Hughes dropped the puck back to trailer Brian Ward, who was just above the face-off circle. He fired a shot that found the back of the net through traffic. The Saints added to their lead just 48 seconds later when Greg Carey scored his first of the season from Wick and Kyle Essery.
Carey closed the scoring with an empty-net goal at 19:58.
St. Lawrence finished the game with a slim 37-35 edge in shots on goal. Maine was 1-for-5 on the power play, while St. Lawrence converted one of its two chances.
Ouellette made 32 saves in goal for the Black Bears and falls to 0-2-0 on the season. Weninger made 33 saves for the Saints and improves to 2-0-0.
The Black Bears return to action on Saturday, October 19 when they host Bentley at Alfond Arena at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available by calling the Black Bear ticket office at 207-581-BEAR or 1-800-756-TEAM. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.goblackbearstickets.com