ORONO, Maine-- The University of Maine Black Bears battled through to win 4-1 against St. Lawrence Saturday night.
Maine swept the opening series against St. Lawrence and start the year off 2-0 for the first time since 2016-17.
First Goal: Thirty seconds into the game Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup railed a hard shot in, handling a shovelled backhanded shot from Chase Pearson behind the net for his first collegiate goal. Alexis Binner earned the secondary assist as he chipped the puck in down low for Pearson to catch it.
Second goal: Shorthanded, Mitchell Fossier caught the puck in from the neutral zone and sprinted on a 2-on-1 break. Fossier eased up to slow the pressuring defenseman and sent across a backhanded pass to Patrick Shea, who fired a hard shot glove side in for his first goal of the season.
Third goal: Rob Michel charged in through the slot and fired in a shot as his teammates crossed through the paint with heavy traffic. Michel's initial shot was saved and bounced out as a hard rebound back to him. With the screen, Michel was afforded the time to collect and deposit his rebound to make it 3-0. Assists to Schmidt-Svejstrup and Fossier.
Fourth goal: St. Lawrence's first goal was a 4-on-2 catching Maine on a change, Jake Stevens fired a booming shot off a feed from Zach Risteau. Swayman chipped a piece of the puck, but Ryan Garvey deflected the puck in to make it 3-1.
Fifth goal: Tim Doherty handles a hard shot that kicked from behind the net out to the left circle where he fired in a hard wrist shot in. after Keeper fired in a shot off of St. Lawrence's Bray that fired back to the corner behind the goal line.
-Jeremy Swayman earned his second victory of the year, turning away 24 shots.
-Maine put 39 shots on goal, even as the St. Lawrence defense blocked 19 opportunities.
-Both the Black Bears and Saints were held off the special teams scoresheet-- Maine went 0-for-5 on the power play while St. Lawrence went 0-for-4.
Maine's next series of games are at the reigning national champion and No. 2/3 ranked University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs on Friday Oct. 19 and Saturday Oct. 20, with puck drop at 8:07 p.m. Eastern.