Maine Hockey Journal

Black Bears fall to Vermont, 3-2

Burlington, VT — The University of Maine men’s ice hockey team snapped its seven game unbeaten streak when it fell to Vermont 3-2 on Saturday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, Vt. Maine falls to 7-4-1 on the season with the loss and 4-3-1 in Hockey East play. The Catamounts improve to 9-3-2 on the season and 6-3-1 in conference play. The Black Bears got goals for rookies Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) and Brian Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.) in the game.

Vermont took a 1-0 lead at 7:51 of the first period on the first goal of the season by Brayden Irwin. Viktor Stalberg assisted on the goal by Stalberg.

Maine tied the game at 17:23 of the first period on a goal by Gustav Nyquist. Mike Banwell (Scarborough, Ontario) found Flynn on the redline. Flynn deflected the puck over to Nyquist, who was skating up the middle and beat Vermont goalie Mike Spillane with a shot to the upper left corner of the goal. For Nyquist, it was his sixth goal of the season.

The Black Bears took their first lead of the game at 2:54 of the second period when Flynn scored his third goal of the season from David de Kastrozza (Toms River, N.J.). The two teams battled for the puck and de Kastrozza gained control, passing it to Flynn who was in traffic in front of the net.

Vermont’s Wahsontiio Stacey tied the game at 2-2 at 5:19 of the third period. Josh Burrows assisted on the goal that just slipped through the pads of Maine goalie Scott Darling (Lemont, Ill.). The Catamounts took the 3-2 lead at 10:28 of the third period when Josh Burrows beat Darling. Brian Roloff and Jack Downing each assisted on the goal for Vermont. It was the first time in his career that Darling had allowed more than two goals in a game.

Maine pulled Darling late in the third period and had several good chances, but was not able to beat Vermont goalie Mike Spillane.

Darling made 20 saves in goal and falls to 5-2-1 on the season. Spillane made 21 saves in the game for the Catamounts. He improves to 5-2-1 on the season.

The teams each finished with 23 shots on goal in the game. Maine was 0-for-3 on the power play, while Vermont was 0-for-2.

The Black Bears return to action on Friday, Dec. 5 when they travel to Northeastern for a 7 p.m. game with the Huskies.

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