PLYMOUTH, Michigan - The University of Maine men's ice hockey team was defeated by the USA Under 18 Team, 6-4, on Saturday night at the USA Hockey Arena.
First goal (1-0 USA): Case McCarthy scored the first goal of the game at the 14:23 mark in the first period. The USA U-18 Team had traffic in front of Rob McGovern, which helped with the scoring opportunity. McCarthy found the back of the net from the blueline through both team's traffic.
Second goal (2-0 USA): Cole Caufield scored 00:22 into the second period and gave his squad a 2-0 lead. Team USA's second goal came on the power play that had continued from the first period. Caufield was unmarked in front of Maine's net. The forward took advantage of the open net and scored his first goal of the game.
Third goal (2-1 USA): Less than two minutes later, Maine scored their first goal of the contest. Mitchell Fossier started a breakaway accompanied by Sam Becker. Fossier held onto the puck as long as possible. Team USA's defense left Becker all alone as Fossier found him between the two face-off circles. The defenseman pulled the Black Bears to within one.
Fourth goal (3-1 USA): 1:40 after Maine's goal, Team USA scored their second goal of the second period. Jack Hughes found Caufield in a very similar spot as their earlier tally. Once again, the forward capitalize on the open net. Team USA grabbed a two goal lead early into the second period.
Fifth goal (4-1 USA): Trevor Zegras scored a power play for Team USA 1:57 into the third period. The forward beat the Maine goaltender stick side, high from the near face-off circle.
Sixth goal (4-2 USA): Goals continued to come in bunches as Eduards Tralmaks scored 00:05 later for the Black Bears. Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup lead the attack for Maine. With Tralmaks on his heels, Schmidt-Svjestrup left the puck for his linemate as the sophomore forward wired the puck past Team USA's netminder.
Seventh goal (5-2 USA): Jack Hughes scored his first goal of the exhibition as he slapped the puck through the Black Bears' crease. Marshall Warren set the stage, as Hughes simply shot the puck at an open weak side.
Eighth goal (5-3 USA): Alexis Binner took advantage of the power play and scored Maine's third goal of the game. Mitchell Fossier passed the puck behind the net to Chase Pearson who found Binner alone in front of the net. Binner wristed his shot over Team USA's goaltenders blocker. The goal pulled Maine to within two goals.
Ninth goal (5-4 USA): Jack Quinlivan, with a high level of hand-eye coordination, re-directed a Keith Muehlbauer shot into the Team USA net. Muehlbauer fired a shot from the blue that was off the mark. Quinlivan eyed the oncoming wrist shot and tipped it home. The sophomore forward cut the deficit to one score.
Tenth goal (6-4 USA): Patrick Moynihan padded his squad's lead with a tough angle goal. The forward played the puck behind the Black Bears' net and let the defense clear. It seemed as though Stephen Mundinger had saved the shot, but the puck trickled over the red line. Team USA held a two goal lead late in the third period. Maine was unable to tie the game as they would drop the exhibition, 6-4, to the USA Under 18 Team.
- Rob McGovern saved 18 shots, while Stephen Mundinger turned away 14.
- Maine went 1-5 on the power play, while they went 1 for 3 on the penalty kill.
- The Black Bears blocked seven total shots.
The Black Bears will take 20 days off until they travel to and take on the Princeton University Tigers on Friday, December 28th. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 PM.
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