Maine Hockey Journal

Black Bears hand UNB rare loss

Orono, ME – The University of Maine men’s ice hockey team (12-9-2 overall, 8-6-1 in Hockey East) has done something no other college program in North America has done this season. They defeated the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds (29-2 overall, 19-0 AUS) 4-1 at Alfond Arena on Tuesday night.

The only other loss this season for the Varsity Reds was against the Portland Pirates on September 30th.

“This was a good test for us and hopefully (New Brunswick) enjoyed it too despite the loss,” Maine Head Coach Tim Whitehead said. “They have a heck of a team; we didn’t see their best tonight.”

Maine took the 1-0 lead when Gustav Nyquist found Brian Flynn, who buried the puck home at 3:41 into the opening period.

“We were fortunate to get the first goal,” said Whitehead. “I thought that was important.”

“I put this up with the UMass-Lowell and St. Lawrence that whole weekend,” Brian Flynn said about the win Tuesday night.”

The Varsity Reds tied the game 39 seconds into the second period as Kyle Bailey stole the puck from Black Bears’ defenseman Nick Pryor and was able to beat Maine’s goaltender Dave Wilson glove side.

“They got skill, poise with the puck and they are strong,” said Whitehead about the Varsity Reds’ team.

It was the only goal Dave Wilson allowed on 20 shots in the game.

“I thought the guys picked it up,” said Wilson about his defenseman. “They played well defensively, they held the zone well and they cleared the rebounds for me too.”

The Black Bear’s regained the lead seven minutes into the second period on the powerplay. David de Kastrozza put home a rebound as Josh Van Dyk released the initial shot from the blue line.

“I kind of at the right place at the right time,” said David de Kastrozza. “I turned around and the puck was right there.”

Maine continued to have success on the powerplay as Will O’Neil fired a shot that trickled through Derek Yeomans’ five-hole. The goal came with 9:39 remaining in the second period.

“I gave a little fake not expect much, but it had eyes,” said Will O’Neil.

The Black Bears were 2-for-5 on the powerplay.

David de Kastrozza notched his second goal of the game with 4:16 remaining in the contest.

It was the lone goal allowed by former Maineiacs netminder Travis Fullerton, who replaced Derek Yeomans after the second period. He made three saves in 20 minutes.

Derek Yeomans turned aside 12 shots in the first two periods.

New Brunswick was 0-for-5 on the man advantage.

“They did a good job keeping us to the outside,” New Brunswick forward Luke Gallant said. “We didn’t generate enough chances in tight against the goalie.”

Maine returns to Alfond Arena on Saturday when they face the USA Under-18 team.

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