PRINCETON, New Jersey -- The University of Maine men's ice hockey team was defeated by the Princeton University Tigers, 1-0, on Friday night at the Hobey Baker Memorial Rink on the campus of Princeton University.
Jeremy Swayman and Ryan Ferland combined to save all 21 shots on goal in the first period. Princeton was the only team to receive a a power play opportunity, but the Black Bears fought off the two minute infraction.
First Goal (1-0 Princeton): Maine was called for an interference penalty at the 12:35 mark of the second period. Princeton took advantage of the man advantage and scored the first goal of the game, 8:11 into the second. Ryan Kuffner found the back of the net for the home team Tigers. The power play goal ultimately became the game winning goal for Princeton.
In the second period, the Black Bears hit the crossbar on two separate occasions. Tim Doherty and Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup both fired shots that snuck past the Tigers' goaltender but not into the net.
With 1:58 to go in the third period, Princeton was called for a penalty. 00:20 into the power play, Maine pulled Jeremy Swayman to give their offense a 6-on-4 opportunity. Mitchell Fossier had two shots that were saved by Ferland as he laid on his back. The Black Bears were unable to find the game tying goal in the waning minutes of the non-conference game. Maine drops to 5-8-2, as Princeton grabs their fourth victory of the 2018-19 season.
- Jeremy Swayman saved 27 shots, while Ryan Ferland turned away 40.
- Maine went 0-1 on the power play, as they killed one of the two penalties called against them.
- The Black Bears blocked 15 total shots.
The Black Bears will take on the Princeton University Tigers on Saturday, December 29th in game two of the weekend series. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 PM.