Men’s Hockey Drops Series Final at #9 UMass
AMHERST, Mass. — The University of Maine men’s ice hockey team was defeated by the #9 University of Massachusetts Minutemen, 4-2, Saturday night at the Mullins Center.
First goal (1-0 #9 UMass): Left in the net for Maine, Garrett Wait scored the first goal of the series finale. Josh Lopina found his linemate patiently waiting for the puck. At 4:16 a.m. of Saturday night’s game, Maine was trailing 1-0.
Second goal (2-0 #9 UMass): Instead of assisting on the goal, Lopina scored one of his own. The Anaheim Ducks draft pick found the back of the net on his first power-play opportunity of the night. After 9:12 of play, the Black Bears were led by two goals.
Third goal (3-0 #9 UMass): Eric Faith scored the third goal of the first period 1:30 after Lopina’s goal. Ryan Ufko assisted on the game.
Fourth Goal (3-1 #9 UMass): On the Black Bears’ first powerplay opportunity of the night, Donavan Villeneuve-Houle scored a goal for the Bears. Last night’s hero scored after circling a David Breazeale rebound. Jakub Sirota sent the puck to Breazeale, who gave Houle the chance to find the back of the net. With just under six minutes left in the first frame, Maine trailed by just two goals.
Fifth base (3-2 #9 UMass): Adrian Bisson brought the Black Bears within a goal with his power play goal. by Samuel Durr shot was saved by Matt Murray. The puck bounced off Bisson, who didn’t miss his chance. At the end of the first, the Black Bears were trailing by one goal.
Sixth goal (4-2 #9 UMass): Garrett Wait scored his second goal of the night midway through the third period. The striker had his initial shot stopped by Victor Ostman. The rebound was enough to give Wait another chance. It was the last goal of the night as Maine fell, 4-2.
Remarks: Victor Ostman stopped 34 shots for the Black Bears, while Matt Murray made 22 saves for UMass.
Maine went 2 for 3 on their power play, while the Minutemen were 1-4 on their player advantages.
The Black Bears blocked nine shots and won 17 team faceoffs.
Following: Maine returns to the ice on Friday, Feb. 18, as it hosts the University of New Hampshire. The next chapter of the border battle is scheduled for a puck drop at 7:00 p.m.