Men’s ice hockey dropping first game in 2022
ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine men’s ice hockey team were beaten by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks, 6-2, on Friday night at the Alfond Arena.
First Goal (1-0 Nanooks): With 8:16 left in the first period, Brady Risk put the visiting Nanooks 1-0 up. Caleb Hite forced a deep turnover into the Maine area before finding Risk. The Black Bears were led by one at the start of the non-conference contest.
Second Goal (1-1): In their first power play opportunity of the night, the Black Bears tied the snowy Friday night game with one goal apiece. Adam dawe had his original shot saved before the senior found a gap between the keeper’s legs. At the first break, the first game of 2022 was tied, 1-1.
Third Goal (2-1 Nanooks): 24 seconds into the second period, Risk scored his second goal of the night. Garrett Pyke landed a corner shot that was deflected by Risk. The stray puck ended up in Maine’s net. At the start of the second, the Black Bears were trailing by a goal.
Fourth goal (3-1 Nanooks): Two minutes later, Risk achieved his hat trick. Didrik Henbrant played the puck in front of his advanced teammate. The first-year forwards did the rest and lit the lamp for the third time in under 23 minutes.
Fifth Goal (4-1 Nanooks): Alaska Fairbanks found the back of the net again with a goal from Payton Matsui. The goal was once again the product of a quick break from Nanook. 4:31 in the second period, Maine trailed 4-1.
Sixth goal (5-1 Nanooks): The first row scored once again for visitors to Alaska Fairbanks. Filip Fornaa Svensson unleashed a shot that deflected the back of a Maine defender and went straight back to the forward. He pulled himself together and fired another shot, this time finding the back of the net. After two, Maine was down 5-1.
Seventh goal (6-1 Nanooks): Simon Falk scored in the first minute of the third period to give his team a five-goal lead.
Eighth goal (6-2 Nanooks): Clean up the mess in front of the Alaskan net, Edouard Lindelow scored his first goal of the season. Jack Quinlivan and Simon butala with assists. It was the last goal of the night as Maine lost their first game of the year.
Remarks: Matthieu Thiessen stopped 10 shots for the Black Bears, while Connor Androolewicz made his college debut for Maine and blocked 11 attempts by Nanook. Gustavs Grigals made 37 saves for Alaska Fairbanks.
Maine went 1 to 5 on their power play opportunities, while the Nanooks were 0-2 on their playing advantages.
The Black Bears blocked four shots and won 32 team faceoffs.
Following: The two teams will finish the non-conference series tomorrow, Saturday January 8. The face-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.