Maine Hockey Journal

Maine manages a tie against Vermont

The University of Maine men’s ice hockey team scored two goals in the final 10 minutes to overcome a 4-2 deficit and skate to a 4-4 tie with Vermont on Saturday night at the Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, Vt. Maine wins the season series from the Catamounts 2-0-1. The Black Bears move to 12-9-3 on the season and 9-6-2 in Hockey East play. The Catamounts move to 12-9-3 on the season and 6-8-3 in conference play.

Maine struck first with a power play goal by David deKastrozza (Toms River, N.J.) at 11:20 of the first period. Brian Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.) found Adam Shemansky (Robbinsville, N.J.) along the boards. Shemansky passed the puck from behind the net to deKastrozza, who was all alone in the slot. He was easily able to beat Vermont goalie Rob Madore. For deKastrozza, it was his fourth goal of the season.

Vermont tied the game at 1-1 5:21 into the second period. Maine goalie Scott Darling (Lemont, Ill.) made a save on the initial shot, but the rebound went right to Drew MacKenzie. MacKenzie beat Darling who was unable to recover after making the initial save. Jack Downing and Brian Roloff each assisted on the goal by the Catamounts.

Maine regained the lead with its sixth power play goal of the weekend at 11:19 of the second period. Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) found Will O’Neill (Salem, Mass.) just outside the top of the left face-off circle. He ripped a shot past Madore, giving Maine the 2-1 lead. Flynn also assisted on the goal for the Black Bears. For O’Neill, it was his fifth goal of the season.

Vermont tied the game at 2-2 at 14:20 of the second period. Downing found Wahsontiio Stacey all alone in front of the Maine goal. He was able to beat Downing for his eighth goal of the season. The Catamounts took their first lead of the game at 17:17 of the second period when Stacey scored his ninth goal of the season when he tipped a Patrick Cullity shot past Darling, Brian Roloff also assisted on the game.

Vermont extended its lead to 4-2 just 23 seconds into the third period when Brian Roloff beat Darling with a shot from his left. Downing and Stacey each assisted on the goal for the Catamounts.
Maine pulled to within one goal at 10:07 of the third period. Kyle Beattie (Avondale, Ariz.) carried the puck into the zone and slid it across the ice to Klas Leidermark (Gavle, Sweden). Leidermark fired a shot past Madore for his second goal of the season. Adam Shemansky also assisted on the goal for the Black Bears.

Maine tied the game with a power play goal by Tanner House (Cochrane, Alberta) at 15:46. Will O’Neill shot the puck and House was able to tip it past Madore to knot the score at 4-4. Jeff Dimmen (Colorado Springs, Colo.) also assisted on the goal.

Neither team was able to score the remainder of the game or during the five minute overtime period.

Scott Darling made 29 saves in goal for the Black Bears. He moves to 12-3-3 on the season. Rob Madore made 17 saves in goal for the Catamounts. He moves to 8-7-3 on the season.

Vermont finished the game with a 33-21 advantage in shots on goal. The Black Bears were 3-for-6 on the power play, while Vermont finished 0-for-5 on the power play.

(courtesy of University of Maine)

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply