Maine Hockey Journal

Maine dominates Northeastern in Hockey East action

The University of Maine men’s ice hockey team continue to have success in Hockey East after they defeated Northeastern University, 6-2, in front of 4,085 at Matthews Arena on Friday night.

After dropping their first two games in Hockey East, Maine has rattled off three straight victories to improve to 4-5-0 (3-2-0 in Hockey East).

Maine jumped out to a 5-0 lead, scoring a pair of goals while having a two-man advantage, before Northeastern got on the board at 6:30 of the third period, spoiling Scott Darling’s shutout bid as Justin Daniels found the back of the net.

Adam Shemansky started the scoring for Maine, scoring his sixth goal of the season, after finding the loose puck, beating NU goalie Chris Rawlings with 2:40 left in the first period.

Maine’s Spencer Abbott notched his third goal of the season 3:22 into the middle frame. Shemansky found Abbott at the left circle with a pass as he finished the one timer.

Maine extended the lead, 3-0, when Will O’Neill beat Rawling stick side from the slot with a five-on-three power play goal at 12:11 of the period.

With Maine in control, and the pro-NU crowd silenced, Mike Banwell kept the offense coming when he beat Rawling with just 16 seconds left, taking a 4-0 lead into the locker room after 40 minutes of play.

Robby Dee scored his second goal of the season at 2:21 of the third period, giving Maine a commanding 5-0 lead.

With Scott Darling pitching a shutout, Justin Daniels found the back of the net as both teams traded goals in the final 20 minutes.

Darling made 21 saves for his fourth victory of the season, while Chris Rawlings allowed all six Black Bear goals on 26 shots. Bryan Mountain relieved Rawlings with ten minutes remaining. Maine went 2-for-6 on the power play, while Northeastern was 1-for-6.

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