|1st||14:24||MNE||1-0||EV||Peter Housakos (1)||-|
|2nd||5:29||MIA||1-1||EV||Grant Hutton (2)||Kiefer Sherwood/3, Karch Bachman/1|
|2nd||6:52||MNE||2-1||EV||Mitchell Fossier (6)||Mark Hamilton/3, Dane Gibson/1|
|2nd||13:02||MIA||2-2||EV||Anthony Louis (1)||Josh Melnick/2, Carson Meyer/1|
|3rd||13:34||MNE||3-2||EV||Cédric Lacroix (1)||Dane Gibson/2|
|3rd||15:30||MIA||3-3||PP GT||Anthony Louis (2)||Louie Belpedio/3, Kiefer Sherwood/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Rob McGovern (T, 3-1-1)||65:00||3||10||15||12||2||39|
|Ryan Larkin (T, 1-1-2)||65:00||3||11||3||3||1||18|
Oxford, OH -- The University of Maine men's ice hockey team (3-1-1) battled numerous delays flying from Bangor to Oxford, Ohio but that did not stop them from battling a highly-skilled Miami (OH) squad (1-1-2) to a 3-3 tie.
Maine goaltender Rob McGovern stood tall in net, making 39 saves for the Black Bears. Cedric Lacroix tallied his first goal of the season, which gave Maine a brief lead late in the third period. The Black Bears also received goals from freshmen Peter Housakos and Mitchell Fossier, who netted his sixth goal of the year.
Housakos opened the scoring at 14:14 of the first period with a beautiful goal after intercepting a breakout pass from the Red Hawks, driving the far post and tucking it in behind an out-stretched Ryan Larkin.
Miami struck at the 5:29 mark of the second period, as Grant Hutton scored his second of the season, on assists from Kiefer Sherwood and Karch Bachman. Not to be outdone, Fossier once again found the back fo the net for the Black Bears at the 6:52 mark of the second period as he redirected a Mark Hamilton point shot. Dane Gibson added his second helper on the year to make the score 2-1 Maine. The score would be knotted up headed into the third period as Anthony Louis scored his first of the year at the 13:02 makr, with an assist from Josh Melnick.
The third period saw the Black Bears take the lead with 13:34 on the clock as Lacroix tallied his first of the season. Dane Gibson was able to steal the puck on the forecheck and hit Lacroix near the strong side faceoff dot Lacroix did the rest, firing a rocket past Larkin's short side. Maine would run into penalty trouble in the third and at the 15:30 mark, Anthony Louis notched his second of the game on the powerplay from Louis Belpedio and Kiefer Sherwood. Regulation would end all square at three.
The first overtime stanze remained with no team giving an inch sending the game to a 3-3 tie for the record books, but due to NCHC rules, the game would go to 3 on 3 OT and then a shootout to determine a winner. The 3-on-3 session was chaotic, fun and saw end to end action, but both goaltenders were sharp and the Black Bears headed to a shootout. Blaine Byron was up first for the Black Bears, went backhand to forehand but was stifled by the right pad of Larkin. McGovern stood tall for the Black Bears, taking a puck off the mask to keep the shootout tied at 0-0. Miami then sent Anthony Louis to try and beat McGovern, but Mcgovern was able to close the 5-hole and shut down Louis giving Nolan Vesey a chance to win it for Maine. The junior winger then went forehand backhand and tucked the puck just under the cross bar giving the Black Bears a 1-0 shootout win.
Maine battles Miami again on Saturday night in Oxford. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM EST.