Maine Hockey Journal

Special teams prove fruitful for Maine against #10 Vermont

After dropping their first two games of the season in Hockey East, the University of Maine men’s ice hockey team used special teams for their first win of the season in conference play, defeating the University of Vermont, 4-1, in front 4,289 at Alfond Arena on Friday night.

Maine scored all of their goals by special teams, something that’s been a strong point for Maine – ranked third on the PP (6-for-19) at 31.6 percent and tied for fifth on PK (14-for-18) at 77.8 percent — in otherwise a dismal start to the season.

While killing off a Mike Banwell penalty for holding, Maine grabbed a 1-0 lead when Kevin Swallow jumped on a rebound left by Vermont goalie Rob Madore, beating the sophomore goalie at 5:23 of the first period.

Adam Shemansky found the back of the net, scoring a power play goal, when he redirected a pass from Spencer by Madore, giving Maine a 2-0 lead at 9:11 of the first period.

At 5:58 of the second period, Matt Marshall scored his first goal of the season when he blasted a slap shot from the right circle, beating Maine goaltender Scott Darling between the legs as Vermont cut into Maine’s lead 2-1.

The Black Bears regained their two goal advantage when Jeff Dimmen scored a power play goal on 18 seconds into the third period, snapping a wrist shot by Madore.

Shemansky scored his second of the night, Maine’s third power play goal, with 6:48 to play in the game. David deKastrozza snapped a quick shot on Madore, who made the intial save, but he couldn’t handle the rebound as Shemansky was there to lift it over Madore to give Maine a three goal lead, 4-1.

Scott Darling made 31 saves for his second victory of the season. Rob Madore turned aside 35 shots in the losing cause. Maine went 3-for-10 on the man advantage, while was Vermont was 0-for-5.

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