Saturday, October 20, 2007
MAINE SWEEPS MERCYHURST WITH 4-1 VICTORY
Wes Clark and Bret Tyler each post goal and two assists for Black Bears
ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine men's ice hockey team completed a weekend sweep of Mercyhurst on Saturday night with a 4-1 victory over the Lakers. Wes Clark (Oakville, Ontario) and Bret Tyler (Maynard, Mass.) each scored a goal and added a pair of assists, while rookie Glenn Belmore (Cornwall, Ontario) added a goal and an assist. The Black Bears evened their record to 2-2-0 on the season, while Mercyhurst falls to 0-4-0.
Maine took a 1-0 lead 4:57 into the first period when Clark won a face-off to Tyler. Tyler skated in from the blueline, around the net and beat Mercyhurst goalie Ryan Zapolski for his team-leading third goal of the season.
Mercyhurst tied the game just 21 seconds into the second period when Ben Cottreau stole the puck and beat Maine goalie Ben Bishop (Des Peres, Mo.).
The tie was short-lived as Belmore notched his first collegiate goal just over two minutes later. Clark and Tyler each assisted on what would turn out to be the game-winner.
Maine added to its lead at 8:34. Tyler found Belmore who fed a Clark skating down the center of the ice and he beat Zapolski with a shot from just outside the left face-off circle.
Maine added an empty-net goal with just seven seconds remaining in the game. Bishop made a save and flipped the puck the length of the ice toward the open-net. When it appeared that the puck was going to go just wide, Chris Hahn (Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan) collected the puck and put it in the open net.
Maine outshot Mercyhurst 38-16 in the game. Each team was 0-for-3 on the power play.
Bishop made 15 saves for Maine and improves to 2-2-0 on the season. He wins his 44th career game, tying him with Matt Yeats (1999-01) for sixth place on Maine's all-time wins list. Zapolski stopped 34 shots for the Lakers and falls to 0-3 on the campaign.
The Black Bears return to action on Friday, October 26 when they travel to Northeastern for their first Hockey East game of the season.