Maine Hockey Journal

UMaine finds victory in physical exhibition game against Acadia

Orono, ME — The University of Maine men’s ice hockey team snagged a 5-1 victory over Acadia University in their first and only preseason game this year.

In the first period alone, Maine was given three power play opportunities, capitalizing on the third chance within 30 seconds of the start of the power play as Will O’Neill found the back of the net on a breakaway charge at 9:32 in the first period. He was assisted by Captain Tanner House and Assistant Captain Gustav Nyquist.

The first period ended with Maine leading 1-0.

Throughout the second period, the momentum was still on Maine’s side as they were able to increase their lead by two goals.

The second goal for UMaine was scored at 9:44 as freshman Kellen Corkum’s shot, a laser over the glove side of Axe Men’s goalie, Michael Chaisson, to give the Black Bears a 2-0 lead. He was assisted by line mate and fellow freshman Jon Swaverly and freshman defenseman Brice O’Connor.

With less than one minute left in the second period, junior forward Brian Flynn found himself a juicy rebound and a wide open net off of Nick Pryor’s shot to bring the score to 3-0.

Halfway through the second period, freshman goalie Dan Sullivan relieved sophomore goalie Shawn Sirman and was able to continue the Black Bear’s shutout for the rest of the second period.

There were a number of penalties committed by the Acadia Axe Men in the second period, coming to a head in the closing minutes with Acadia’s Leo Jenner receiving two game misconducts and being ejected from the game for a block in the back on freshman Jon Swaverly.

As the final period kicked off for the Black Bear’s only preseason game, it took only 20 seconds for Gustav Nyquist to find himself a quick goal to extend Maine’s lead to 4-0.

At 8:32 in the third period, Acadia was able to get on the board as Andrew Clark found the back of the net with the assist from Cullen Morin. This was the first time in his Black Bear career that freshman Dan Sullivan let a puck get past him.

Thirty seconds later, Maine’s Kyle Beatie came back with a slick wrist shot that sailed under the glove of Michael Chaisson which would be the final goal of the game.

Photo by Matt Booth

As a game dominated by penalties, UMaine found themselves with the power play advantage no less than 13 times and was able to capitalize off of a power play in each of the three periods.

Corkum commented, “I like the physical part of the game. It makes it a little more fun, but it kind of got out of hand out there. They were going for our heads, but we tried to stay disciplined and out of the box.”

Nyquist has similar feelings about the discipline of the team. “That’s going to be a big part for us this year, to show great discipline and not get caught up too much.”
Maine’s win is also undoubtedly attributed to the number of shots on goal as they outshot Acadia 38-16.

NOTES: The University of Maine’s next game will kick off their regular season at home again UMass Lowell on October 8 at 7:00 PM.

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