BURLINGTON, Vt. - Max Kaufman capped a three-point night with the game-tying goal at 16:17 of the final period as the Vermont Catamounts (4-7-1, 1-6-1 HEA) and Maine Black Bears (5-7-2, 3-3-2 HEA) skated to a 3-3 tie Saturday evening at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
"I like the mentality on our team on the bench. They did a great job of sticking with it and obviously a nice faceoff win with a good shot with traffic going to the net to tie it up," head coach Kevin Sneddon said. "I loved our resilience; I loved our work ethic all weekend, but we have to continue to get better."
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Neither team scored in the opening 20 minutes despite a power play chance for each side. Stefanos Lekkas made 10 of his 30 saves and Jeremy Swayman made 13 of his 40 saves in the first.
- Liam Coughlin buried a feed from Alex Esposito on a Catamount 2-on-1 to take a 1-0 just 1:17 into the second period. Kaufman kick-started the odd-man rush and picked up the secondary assist.
- The Black Bears responded with a goal of their own 7:23 into the middle period. Patrick Shea found Brady Keeper in the slot from below the goal line for the one-time goal from the low slot.
- Maine's Eduards Tralmaks began a frenetic last 10 minutes of regulation with a goal at 9:52 of the period from the Catamount slot following a defensive zone turnover.
- The Cats responded just 30 seconds later as Kaufman found Joey Cipollone in the slot from behind the net for a goal. Matt O'Donnell picked up the secondary assist.
- Tralmaks scored again from the Catamount slot at 11:42 of the third for the game's third goal in less than two minutes to give the Black Bears a 3-2 lead.
- Vermont tied the game as Derek Lodermeier won an offensive zone face-off to defenseman Owen Grant. The sophomore fired a shot into traffic in front of Swayman, and Kaufman deflected the shot into the net for his third point of the night.
- Lekkas stopped all four Maine shots faced in the extra period to preserve the tie and Hockey East point.
- Kaufman matched a career-high in assists with two and points with three. It was the second three-point game of his career, with his last coming last November against Boston College.
- Lekkas finished with 30 saves, marking the sixth time this season with 30 or more stops in a game.
Vermont treks west for a series at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Catamounts and Tigers will meet on Friday (Dec. 7) at 9:30 p.m. before an 8:00 p.m. start on Saturday (Dec. 8). Both game times are Eastern.