|1st||4:58||UNH||1-0||EV||Collin MacDonald (3)||Dylan Chanter/1, Maxim Gaudreault/2|
|2nd||6:44||UNH||2-0||EV||Shane Eiserman (3)||Dylan Chanter/2, Jay Camper/1|
|2nd||9:04||MNE||1-2||EV||Blaine Byron (6)||Ben Hutton/5, Dan Renouf/2|
|2nd||11:25||MNE||2-2||PP||Nolan Vesey (2)||Devin Shore/4, Blaine Byron/6|
|2nd||17:01||MNE||3-2||EV GW||Malcolm Hayes (3)||Cédric Lacroix/2, Jake Rutt/3|
|3rd||3:29||MNE||4-2||EV||Will Merchant (1)||Devin Shore/5, Andrew Tegeler/1|
|3rd||9:21||MNE||5-2||EV||Ben Hutton (3)||Devin Shore/6|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (4-10-1)||0/4||4/8||0|
|Sean Romeo (W, 2-8-0)||60:00||2||9||8||9||26|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Adam Clark (L, 4-10-1)||60:00||5||7||10||12||29|
MANCHESTER, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but five unanswered goals over the final 30-plus minutes lifted the University of Maine to a 5-2 win in non-conference action at Verizon Wireless Arena on Friday evening.
The Wildcats fall to 4-10-1 while the Black Bears improve to 4-12-1 overall. The teams will meet again Saturday evening in another non-conference tilt (7 p.m.) at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine.
Senior Grayson Downing (Abbottsford, British Columbia) took a quick shot at 18:48 of the first period as he skated around the Maine net and fired one on target, but Black Bear netminder Sean Romeo made the save.
Junior forward Collin MacDonald (West Milford, N.J.) got UNH on the board at the 4:58 mark of the first period. The play started with classmate Maxim Gaudreault (Annapolis, Md.) swinging the puck around the boards back to freshman Dylan Chanter (Armstrong, British Columbia) at the point. Chanter fired a shot on net that Romeo saved, but MacDonald was there to put the rebound away.
Senior Jay Camper (Rocky River, Ohio) nearly got UNH a second goal with 11:20 left in the first period when junior Harry Quast (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) ripped a shot off the boards and right in front of the net. Camper gathered the puck and fired a shot, but Romeo made the save.
Maine nearly got on the board with 6:16 left in the first period when Brady Campbell skated in front of the cage and slid a shot at the net that ricocheted off the post. Freshman netminder Adam Clark (Sherwood Park, Alberta) covered the loose puck to end the play.
At the end of the first period, the Wildcats held a 1-0 lead.
Eiserman gave the Wildcats a 2-0 advantage with his third goal of the season at the 6:44 mark of the period. The play started when Chanter cleared a rebound up the ice to Eiserman, who pushed the puck from the neutral zone into Maine territory. He ripped a shot from inside the faceoff circle and beat Romeo up high.
Maine cut the deficit to 2-1 at 9:04 of the second period on a goal by Blaine Byron. Dan Renouf played a pass to Ben Hutton at the point. Hutton fired a shot that Byron found the rebound on and buried.
The Black Bears tied the game at 11:25 on a power play goal by Nolan Vesey. Byron played a pass across the blueline to line mate Devin Shore. Shore fired a shot at the net that Vesey tipped pass Clark.
Maine potted its third-straight unanswered to take a 3-2 lead at 17:01 of the second. Malcolm Hayes tapped in a wrister from close range as a Jake Rutt slapshot led to a scrum in front of the UNH net. Cedric Lacroix was able to move over to Hayes for the tally.
The Black Bears outshot UNH 13-9 in the frame and converted on 1 of 2 power play opportunities in the second.
Maine took a 4-2 lead at 3:29 of the third period as Will Merchant scored for the Black Bears. Andrew Tegeler took the puck down the right side of the ice and slid a pass in front to Devin Shore. Shore fired a shot that Clark made the initial save on, but Merchant was on the back door to put the shot away.
At 9:21 of the third period, Ben Hutton gave Maine a 5-2 lead on a power play. Shore registered his third assist of the night as he and Hutton passed the puck back and forth. Hutton slid around a Wildcat defenseman and fired shot to the top of the net to close out scoring.
Maine held a 34-28 shot advantage, including a 27-18 edge over the final two periods.
The Black Bears were 2-for-3 on the power play, while UNH went 0-for-4 in its extra-skater opportunities.
Clark turned aside 29 shots, but fell to 4-10-1, while Sean Romeo stopped 26 of 28 shots, improving to 2-8-0 overall.
The Wildcats return to action Saturday, Dec. 13 as they complete the two-game non-conference home and home series with Maine at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine. UNH's next home game is Friday, Jan. 9 when the 'Cats home in-state foe Dartmouth College (7:30 p.m.). The game will air live on NBC Sports Network. Tickets can be purchased by going to www.ticketmaster.com or by calling the UNH ticket office at (603) 862-4000 extension 5.