DULUTH, Minn. - The University of Maine men's hockey team was defeated by the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, 3-2, on Saturday night. The Bulldogs took advantage of two second period goals to hold off the Black Bears.
First Goal:(1-0 Duluth): Eduards Tralmaks was called for a penalty 2:50 into the first period. Minnesota Duluth immediately took advantage. Riley Tufte fired a one-timer from the top of the fair side face-off circle that found its way to the back of the Maine net. The Bulldogs grabbed a 1-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.
Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup wristed a shot from the face-off circle that deflected off of the crossbar then hit the side post. The puck bounced underneath the Minnesota Duluth goaltender as play was called to a stop. After a quick review, the no-goal was confirmed. Maine trailed 1-0 after one period of action.
Second Goal: (2-0 Duluth): Scott Perunovich intercepted a Maine neutral zone pass and reserved directions to an unmarked Noah Cates. Cates unloaded from just inside the blue line and gave his team a 2-0 advantage 5:35 into the second period.
Third Goal: (3-0 Duluth): Jeremy Swayman made a flurry of stops that led to a scrum behind the net. The puck looked to be on its way out of the Maine zone, but Cole Koepke gathered, turn, and buried a goal.
Fourth Goal: (3-1 Duluth): Rob Michel scored a power play goal at the 17:39 mark for the Black Bears. Eduards Tralmaks cycled the puck to Mitchell Fossier, who found Michel waiting for a pass. The senior defenseman one-timed the shot from inside the blue line. The goal was the last of the second period as Maine trailed 3-1 entering the third period.
Fifth Goal: (3-2 Duluth): 2:21 into the third period, Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup scored a goal on the doorstep of the Minnesota Duluth goal. Chase Pearson managed to corral the puck behind the net and fed a streaking Schmidt-Svejstrup. The freshman simply re-directed the pass into the open goal. The Black Bears were down 3-2 with 17:39 to go in the game.
Maine pulled Swayman was less than a minute left in the game to apply more pressure in the offensive zone. Fossier had a shot saved then reviewed by the referees. The Black Bears were unable to find the game tying goal and lost to Minnesota Duluth, 3-2.
- Jeremy Swayman finished the game with 41 saves, the most since he saved 45 shots against Quinnipiac on December 9, 2017.
- The Black Bears went 1-3 on the power play, while the Bulldogs went 1-5. Maine managed to kill two minutes of a 5-3 advantage for Duluth.
- Maine finished the game with 19 total blocked shots.
The Black Bears will travel to Storrs, Conn. next Friday, October 26, to take on the University of Connecticut Huskies. Puck drop for the Hockey East contest is scheduled for 7:05 pm.