|1st||5:13||QUI||1-0||EV||Scott Davidson (1)||Kārlis Čukste/7, Luke Shiplo/4|
|1st||8:56||QUI||2-0||EV||Bo Pieper (3)||Landon Smith/4|
|1st||9:41||QUI||3-0||EV||Tanner MacMaster (6)||Odeen Tufto/14, Chase Priskie/7|
|1st||12:04||MNE||1-3||EV||Mitchell Fossier (6)||Tim Doherty/6, Sam Becker/1|
|2nd||2:46||MNE||2-3||PP||Tim Doherty (5)||Canon Pieper/6, Patrick Holway/6|
|2nd||10:18||MNE||3-3||PP||Patrick Holway (4)||Sam Becker/2, Eduards Tralmaks/5|
|3rd||2:50||QUI||4-3||EV||Kārlis Čukste (3)||Thomas Aldworth/2, Brogan Rafferty/5|
|3rd||10:40||MNE||4-4||EV||Eduards Tralmaks (6)||-|
|3rd||15:41||MNE||5-4||EV GW||CÚdric Lacroix (1)||Patrick Holway/7|
|3rd||16:07||MNE||6-4||EV||Eduards Tralmaks (7)||Chase Pearson/10, Mitchell Fossier/7|
|3rd||16:53||MNE||7-4||EV||Brendan Robbins (5)||Emil Westerlund/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Jeremy Swayman (W, 6-3-1)||60:00||4||20||15||15||50|
|Andrew Shortridge (L, 5-7-2)||56:51||7||3||13||7||23|
HAMDEN, Conn. - The University of Maine men's hockey team battled back from a three-goal, first period deficit with senior Cedric Lacroix scoring the winner with four minutes, 19 seconds left in the third period of the Black Bears' 7-4 win over Quinnipiac on Friday night at Frank Perrotti, Jr. Arena.
Freshman Jeremy Swayman finished 50 saves and Eduards Tralmaks finished with three points on two goals and one assist while Patrick Holway had three points on one goal and two assists. Ten different players notched a point for Maine, including Mitchell Fossier and Tim Doherty each chipping in one goal and one assist.
Quinnipiac raced out to a 3-0 lead by the midway point of the opening stanza. First Karlis Cukste circled behind the net and centered a puck that bounced off of Scott Davidson's stick and into the net. The Bobcats then struck again near the midway point of the first period, with Bo Pieper taking a pass from Landon Smith and placing a shot into the upper portion of the net and then Tanner MacMaster scored
But Maine wouldn't go quietly into the night, lessening the deficit with 7:56 to go in the opening period on Fossier's sixth goal of the season. Off of a defensive zone regroup, Doherty poked the puck up the ice between two Bobcats to Fossier in the neutral zone. The forward skated into the zone, deked Andrew Shortridge down and roofed the puck on the backhand. Swayman's strong play - stopping two attempts back-to-back below the circle on a late penalty kill - carried Maine into the break.
With momentum on their side, the Black Bears didn't take long to capitalize once again, as Doherty redirected home his fifth goal of the year 2:46 into the second. Patrick Holway found Canon Pieper at the top of the left circle and Pieper went towards the net before slipping a pass to the right post where Doherty deflected it for the goal.
Quinnipiac gained an odd-man rush but two big stops from Swayman - both right at the top of the crease - kept Maine humming, eventually capitalizing on the power-play once again. Tralmaks dug the puck out of the right corner and slipped a pass to Sam Becker at the blue-line. Becker's cross-ice pass found Holway at the left dot and the sophomore tied the game with a wrister into the top left corner of the net.
Cukste found the net on a goal down low to take back the lead for Quinnipiac (6-9-2, 3-5-1 ECAC Hockey) early in the third period but Maine (7-7-1, 4-4-1 HEA) stayed in the game, thanks in part to a couple kick-saves from Swayman.
And then, the onslaught began for the Black Bears.
First Tralmaks had a highlight-reel goal, stick-handling through the defense and through a defenseman's legs before diving to get off a backhand shot at the right post to tie it up, 4-4. Minutes later, Lacroix started a string of three goals in one minute, 12 seconds with his first of the year on a finish near the left post after a beautiful delayed feed from Holway. It was then Tralmaks with his second of the night - finishing a wrap around from Fossier - before Emil Westerlund connected with Brendan Robbins and he finished off the scoring for Maine.
The win marked the first time since Dec. 29, 2012 in a 6-4 overtime win against Cornell that the Black Bears overcame an opening 3-0 deficit for a win.
Swayman (6-3-1) finished with a career-high 50 saves for the Black Bears while Shortridge (5-7-2) had 23. Quinnipiac had the final edge in shots on goal (54-30).
The Bobcats and Black Bears will be back at it tomorrow night, dropping the puck at 7 p.m.