DULUTH, Minn. - The University of Maine men's ice hockey team was defeated by #3/#2 Minnesota Duluth, 8-2, Friday night. Amsoil Arena played host to the Black Bears' first road game of the 2018-19 season.
First Goal: (1-0 Duluth): Minnesota Duluth scored the first goal of the game. Nick Wolff was left unmarked in front of Maine's goal. Kobe Roth contemplated about taking the shot from the faceoff circle but, instead, found his teammate in the Black Bears' crease. The Bulldogs led 1-0 2:51 into the first period.
Second goal: (1-1): Brady Keeper went bar down for the Black Bears' first goal of the contest. The defenseman was waiting patiently at the top of the far side face-off circle. Mitchell Fossier cycled the puck to Alexis Binner who found his line mate ready for a one-timer. Maine tied the game with 12:11 to go in the period.
Third goal: (2-1 Duluth): Scott Perunovich wasted little time regaining the lead for his squad. The goal materialized from a flurry of Bulldog shots. Keeper took a penalty while trying to clear the zone for his goaltender. After the penalty was called, Perunovich fired a wrister that found its way over Jeremy Swayman's shoulder. 9:24 into the period, and Minnesota Duluth grabbed a 2-1 lead.
Fourth goal: (2-2): After defending an attack from the Minnesota Duluth offense, Tim Doherty found himself all alone in the open ice. The forward stole the puck from a Bulldog defenseman, made a move on the opposing netminder, and tied the game. The unassisted goal came at the 11:38 mark.
Fifth goal: (3-2 Duluth): The home team would end the period with a one goal advantage in thanks to a Peter Krieger goal. As was the case with their second goal, this tally was the benefactor of a scrum in front of Swayman. The Maine defense initially made the stop, but the Bulldogs kept pushing and forced a goal into the net.
Sixth goal: (4-2 Duluth): At the beginning of the second period, the Maine defense was trying to clear a puck from behind their own net. Tanner Laderoute intercepted the clear and scored an unassisted goal 9:02 into the second. Minnesota Duluth extended their lead to 4-2.
Seventh goal: (5-2 Duluth): Originally ruled a no goal, Parker Mackay slid into Brady Keeper and Jeremy Swayman. The puck managed to find its way through Swayman's pads and over the line. 15:06 into the period, and the Bulldogs held onto a 5-2 advantage.
Eighth goal: (6-2 Duluth): As Rob Michel's holding penalty ended, Duluth scored their third goal of the period. Mikey Anderson took advantage of the four-man defense as he gave his squad their sixth goal of the night.
Ninth goal: (7-2 Duluth): 00:17 later, the Bulldogs would score again. Scott Perunovich quickly reversed directions and played the puck ahead to Nick Wolff. Wolff dished the puck to Justin Richards, who was crashing the front of the Maine net. Richards did the rest. Minnesota Duluth and Maine headed into the break with the Bulldogs leading 7-2.
10th goal: (8-2 Duluth): With time still remaining on a penalty from the second period, Riley Tufte found the back of the net 00:24 into the third. The 8-2 lead would stand for Minnesota Duluth as they defeated the University of Maine.
- Jeremy Swayman played the first two periods in net for the Black Bears. The sophomore tallied 25 saves, while Stephen Mundinger finished the game in goal and turned away 13.
- Maine went 0-4 on the powerplay, but Duluth took advantage of one of their man-up opportunities (1-4).
The Black Bears will take on the #3/#2 Bulldogs of Minnesota Duluth tomorrow, Saturday, October 20th. Puck drop for the second and final game of the series is also scheduled for 8:07 pm EST.