HAMDEN, Conn. - The University of Maine men's ice hockey was defeated by #8/#10 Quinnipiac, 4-3, on Saturday night.
First Goal (Maine 1-0): JD Greenway blocked and corralled a Quinnipiac shot. The junior defenseman turned and led a fastbreak with Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup. Greenway found Schmidt-Svejstrup who fired a screaming, wrister that found its way into the Bobcats' net. Maine led by a goal very early into the first.
Second Goal (1-1): The puck took a Quinnipiac bounce as Maine tried to clear it. Michael Lombardi tallied his squad's first of the night. The Bobcats' answer was approximately one minute after Maine's lamp lighter.
Third Goal (Quinnipiac 2-1): Ethan Leyh, less than two minutes later, gave the Bobcats a 2-1 lead when he scored a top shelf goal for the home team. With 13:43 left in the period, Quinnipiac had a one point advantage.
Fourth Goal (Quinnipiac 3-1): Ethan de Jong joined the scoring with goal of his own at 7:02 of the first period. Odeen Tufto set up the scoring opportunity for his teammate. The two New England schools combined for four first period goals over the first 13 minutes.
Fifth Goal (Quinnipiac 3-2): One goal was not enough for the forward from Denmark. Schmidt-Svejstrup's one-timer found its way through a very crowded net front and into the goal. Maine only trailed by one goal entering the third period.
Sixth Goal (Quinnipiac 4-2): Wyatt Bongiovanni scored directly off of a Bobcats face-off win. Odeen Tufto was credited with the face-off win and assist. The goal came three minutes into the third period.
Seventh Goal (Quinnipiac 4-3): Eduards Tralmaks pulled the Black Bears to within one goal when his odd man rush resulted in a goal. Tim Doherty played the puck ahead to his linemate who did the rest. Tralmaks third tally of the weekend made it a one goal game with nine minutes to go in the contest.
Despite pulling Swayman for the final minute, Maine was unable to find the game tying goal as they would fall to 3-2, 0-1 on the short season.
Notes: Jeremy Swayman finished with 31 saves as Matthew Thiessen was given the start and stopped three. Keith Petruzzelli tallied 22 for Quinnipiac.
Maine went 1-4 on the power play, as the Bobcats were 0-5 on their man advantages.
The Black Bears blocked 26 shots as a team.
Next: Maine will travel to Hockey East rival, Vermont, Friday, October 25th. Puck drop for the single game is scheduled for 7:05 pm.