Maine Hockey Journal

Black Bears fall in season opener

Fairbanks, AK – It wasn’t the start the University of Maine Black Bears (0-1-0) was looking for.

Tied after one period of play, the University of Alaska-Anchorage (2-1-0) scored twice in the second and again in the third to beat the Black Bears, 3-1 in their season opener.

Maine opened the scoring in the first period on a goal from freshman Gustav Nyquist at 3:35 into the period.

Nyquist, one of two Swedish players to join the Black Bears, played for Malmo last season and recently drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the fourth round (121st overall) in this past June’s NHL Entry Draft.

Alaska Anchorage scored a pair of power play goals in the second period to take a 2-1 lead with the first coming senior Kevin Clark at 7:16 of the period.

With the game tied at 1-1, forward Craig Parkinson put the Seawolves up for good has he slammed the rebound by UMaine goalie Dave Wilson with 3:44 left in the period.

Wilson played very well for the Black Bears, stopping 27 of 30 shots faced in the game including holding the Seawolves off the board in the third period until in the late stages of the game.

With Wilson trying to leave the ice for an extra attacker, Josh Lunden fired the puck down the ice, missing the empty-net. Wilson would retreat back into his net as Maine recovered the puck, but would turned it over to Lunden, who slipped the backhand shot underneath Wilson for the 3-1 lead.

The Black Bears will have a chance to even their record as they take on the University of Alaska-Fairbanks tonight at 11:35 EDT.

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