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Sophomore forward Eduards Tralmaks scored at 4:12 of overtime for the Black Bears
Tralmaks Sends Maine To 4-3 Overtime Win Against Yale
Sophomore forward Eduards Tralmaks scored at 4:12 of overtime for the Black Bears

Portland, Maine -- Eduards Tralmaks' overtime goal with 48-seconds remaining helped lift the University of Maine men's ice hockey team (7-9-2) to a 4-3 victory over Yale (8-5-3) at the Cross Insurance Arena on Monday evening.

Chase Pearson added his team-leading eleventh goal of the season while Mitchell Fossier tallied three assists, guiding Maine to its second consecutive non-conference victory.

Jeremy Swayman improved to 7-9-2 between the pipes after turning away 32 shots, including 13 in the third period. Yale's Sam Tucker dipped to 4-4-1 on the season after making 36 saves.

Yale, which entered action with the ninth-ranked power play in the nation, was shut down by Maine's penalty kill. The Bulldogs went 0-for-5 with the man advantage. Maine held a 40-35 overall edge in shots on net.

The Black Bears fell behind 8:17 into the contest but followed with three unanswered goals, two coming in the first period.

Yale's Evan Smith gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 advantage when he took a pass up the boards from Charlie Curti and was able to get behind Maine defense for the first goal of the night.

Maine answered as Pearson, Fossier and Rob Michel teamed up for each of Maine's next two goals.

The Black Bears tied the game just under three minutes after Yale's opening goal when Pearson found the back of the net for his eleventh of the year. Working on the power play, Michel controlled the puck along the boards prior to sending a pass to Fossier. Fossier crashed the net before sliding the puck back to Pearson who beat Tucker.

The trio cashed in just over four minutes later to give Maine its first lead of the evening. Fossier, assisting on his 14th tally of the season, found Pearson who quickly moved the puck along to Michel. Michel lit the lamp for his third goal of the season as Maine would take its 2-1 advantage into the second period.

The Black Bears extended their lead to 3-1 just 1:36 into the second. Ryan Smith's initial shot was turned away by Tucker but it was Emil Westerlund following, blasting a quick shot into the back of the net for his second goal of the season.

However, the Bulldogs would tie things up with a pair of unassisted goals. The first came at 5:29 of the second when Andrew Gaus picked off a pass in the Maine zone before capitalizing with his first goal of the year.

Midway through the second, Yale was able to tie the game at 3-3 when Mitchell Smith gathered the puck in front of the Bulldog net. Smith went coast-to-coast before tallying his game-tying goal.

After a scoreless third period, the Black Bears would head to overtime for the fourth time this season.

In the extra frame, Tralmaks would tally the game-winner with just 48-seconds remaining. Fossier, who finished the night with three assists, found Brady Keeper who dropped the puck off for Tralmaks. Tralmaks stopped on a dime at the top of the left face-off dot, deeking around his defender before rifling a shot past Tucker for the win.

Maine returns to action, and Hockey East play, on Friday, Jan. 11 when it hosts Northeastern at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, please visit GoBlackBears.com or order by phone at 207-581-BEAR.

Game Summary

Monday, January 7, 2019
Cross Insurance Arena (Portland, ME)

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Game statistics
35 Shots 40
0 / 5 Power Plays 1 / 3
3 / 6 PIM 5 / 10
7-5-3 Records 7-9-2
GOAL SCORERS
Yale Maine
Evan Smith (3)
1st/8:17
Chase Pearson (11)
1st/11:08 PP
Rob Michel (3)
1st/15:22
Emil Westerlund (2)
2nd/1:36
Andrew Gaus (1)
2nd/5:29
Mitchell Smith (2)
2nd/10:41
Eduards Tralmaks (4)
OT/4:12  GW
GOALTENDERS
Yale Maine
Sam Tucker
64:12, 36 Saves, 4 GA
(L, 4-4-1)
Jeremy Swayman
63:42, 32 Saves, 3 GA
(W, 7-9-2)

Empty Net
0:30, 0 GA