Maine And St. Francis Xavier Skate to 3-3 Tie
Senior defenseman Eric Schurhamer posts two assists for Black Bears

Senior defenseman Eric Schurhamer had two assists for the Black Bears
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 0:58  MNE1-0 EV Nolan VeseyChase Pearson
1st 3:15  MNE2-0 EV Jake PappalardoEric Schurhamer
1st 14:33  MNE3-0 EV Eric SchurhamerRyan Smith, Dane Gibson
2nd 3:32  SFX1-3 PP Cole MacDonaldBryson Cianfrone
2nd 9:56  SFX2-3 PP Jagger DirkHolden Cook, Michael Clarke
2nd 13:30  SFX3-3 EV Nathan PancelMitchell Wheaton, Mark Needham
2nd 16:19  SFX4-3 PP Eric Locke -
3rd 0:23  SFX5-3 SH Mark Tremaine -
3rd 1:24  MNE4-5 PP Blaine Byron -
3rd 19:12  SFX6-4 EV EN GW Sam StudnickaEric Locke, Cole MacDonald
3rd 19:40  MNE5-6 EV EA Chase Pearson -
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
St. Francis Xavier  0426
Maine  3025
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
St. Francis Xavier  1019736
Maine  1571032
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
St. Francis Xavier  3/10 7/14 1
Maine  1/7 9/21 0
St. Francis Xavier Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Brandon Hope (W)59:525 127827
Empty Net0:080     
Maine Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Rob McGovern30:272 108018
Matt Morris (L)28:083 07512
Empty Net1:251     

Orono, Maine -- The University of Maine men's ice hockey team jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead during Sunday's exhibition against St. Francis Xavier. However, the Black Bears could not hold on as the X-Men netted four second period goals, coming back to defeat Maine 6-5.

Chase Pearson tallied two points with a goal and an assist in his first action as a Black Bear while six others added single points. Nolan Vesey, Jake Pappaiardo, Eric Schurhamer and Blaine Byron each scored for Maine.

Vesey gave the Black Bears the lead less than a minute into the game when Chase Pearson found him at the left face-off circle. Vesey's shot ricocheted in off a St. Francis Xavier defenseman directly in front of the net.

Maine took a 2-0 lead when Schurhamer found Pappalardo for the tally, 3:15 into the period. Schurhamer netted a goal of his own to make it 3-0,14:33 into the first period courtesy of assists from Ryan Smith and Dane Gibson.

The Black Bears outshot the X-Men 15-10 in the first period.

The second period belonged to St. Francis Xavier, as the X-Men outshot Maine 19-7 and tallied four goals, including three on the power play, from four different players; Cole MacDonald, Jagger Dirk, Nathan Pancel and Eric Locke - to take a 4-3 lead after two periods.

The X-Men took a 5-3 lead 23 seconds into the third period when Mark Tremaine broke in on a breakaway and notched a shorthanded goal.

Maine responded when Byron skated towards the net, falling to his knees before slipping a shot past X-Man goaltender Brandon Hope, bringing the Black Bears within one with 19-minutes left in the third period.

The Black Bears continued to pressure but could not get the equalizer and the X-Men added an empty net goal to take a 6-4 lead with 48 seconds remaining. Pearson gave the Black Bears life when he scored with 19 seconds left, but the X-Men held on for the win.

St. Francis Xavier outshot Maine 36-32 with Brandon Hope making 27 saves for the X-Men and Rob McGovern and Matt Morris combining for 30 saves for the Black Bears. St. Francis-Xavier went 3-for-8 on the power play while Maine was 1-for-6.

The Black Bears open the regular season on Friday at 7 p.m. against RPI in the Alfond Arena. For tickets, please visit or call 207.581.BEAR.