ORONO, Me. - Chase Pearson's two goals helped the University of Maine men's ice hockey team defeat Hockey East Rival, UMass Lowell, 4-3, on Friday night at the Alfond Arena.
First Goal (1-0 UMass Lowell): Sam Knoblauch tried to work the puck along the boards deep into Maine's zone. Keith Muehlbauer shut down the attempt from the River Hawks' (3-4, 0-2-0 HE) forward. Knoblauch turned and passed the puck to a trailing Chase Blackmun. The freshman wasted little time as he one-timed a shot from the blue line. With the help of traffic in front of Jeremy Swayman, Blackmun's slap shot found the back of the net and give his squad a 1-0 lead 4:38 into the Hockey East contest.
Second Goal (2-0 UMass Lowell): After assisting on the River Hawks' first tallying of the night, Knoblauch scored their second. The freshman received a pass in the face-off circle from Charlie Levesque. Knoblauch's shot found its way under Swayman's pads only 00:18 into the second period.
Third Goal (2-1 UMass Lowell): Sam Becker reversed directions of the puck with a pass to Eduards Tralmaks. Tralmaks looked up and saw his linemate, Chase Pearson, breaking away from the UMass Lowell defense. Pearson was held by a defender but still scored. A penalty was called on the play as the junior pulled the Black Bears (3-3-1, 1-1-1 HE) to within one goal.
Fourth Goal (2-2): Tralmaks once again was responsible for the assist on Maine's goal. This time, the assist was set up by a shot from the forward. Pearson crashed the net and evened the score 4:02 into the second period.
Fifth Goal (3-2 Maine): The Maine power play cycled the puck around the blue line until a Tim Doherty pass found its way through the defense to a wide open Patrick Shea. Shea did not miss his opportunity to give the Black Bears their first lead of the game. 4:42 into the second frame and Maine held onto a one goal lead.
Sixth goal (4-2 Maine): Adam Dawe was looking for another assist as he passed the puck to a ready Brady Keeper who released a quick wrist shot that was saved by the UMass Lowell goaltender. Unfortunately for Tyler Wall, the save went directly to Tim Doherty who buried the puck.
Seventh goal (4-3 Maine): Lucas Condotta did all he could to bring his team back from a two goal deficit as he scored a goal with only 2:26 left in the game. The goal would be the last of the Hockey East match-up as the Black Bears would hold onto the 4-3 lead for their first conference win of the 2018-19 season.
- Jeremy Swayman saved 27 shots, while his UMass Lowell counterpart, Tyler Wall, saved 23.
- The Black Bears went 2-4 on the power play, while killing all four of the River Hawk's chance.
- Maine continues to block double digit shots as they stopped 10 tonight.
The Black Bears return to the ice tomorrow night to do battle against the River Hawks once again. Puck drop is schedule for 7:35 pm, as the game is scheduled to be broadcast on WVII, WPME, and FOX COLLEGE SPORTS.