Maine Hockey Journal

Maine’s winning streak snapped by Northeastern

The Northeastern men’s ice hockey team had a four-goal outburst in the third period to outlast the University of Maine, 5-2, in front 4,323 at Matthews Arena on Saturday night.

After winning their last three Hockey East games against Vermont, powerhouse Boston University and last night against Northeastern, Maine falls to a 3-3 in Hockey East(4-6 overall), while Northeastern won only their second Hockey East game of the season (2-4 Hockey East, 4-6 overall).

After a scoreless first period, the Black Bears struck first when Mike Banwell fired a shot from the point, deflecting off a body in front of the net, beating Huskies goaltender Chris Rawlings.

Only 2:14 later while on man advantage, Northeastern tied the game when Robbie Vrolyk found the rebound, beating Scott Darling.

David Strathman gave the Huskies their first lead of the weekend series with a shorthanded tally at 1:12 in the third period. Tyler McNeely dished the puck over on a two-on-one and Strathman snapped it home.

Brian Flynn answered back for Maine at the 7:38 of the period while on the powerplay. Spencer Abbott set up the goal for his sixth assist of the season.

The Black Bears had the wheels fall off in the period after Northeastern scored three unanswered goals to grab a 5-2 lead.

Scott Darling made 30 saves in the loss. Chris Rawlings turned aside 34 shots for his fourth victory this season. Maine went 1-for-6 on the man advantage and Northeastern went 3-for-8 on the powerplay.

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