Freshman forward Robert Polesello scores first collegiate goal to win game for Catamounts

Freshman forward Robert Polesello scored the game-winning goal for the Catamounts

ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine men's ice hockey team dropped a 2-1 decision to Vermont on Friday night at Alfond Arena. The Black Bears appeared to tie the game late, but the goal was called back.

Maine opened the scoring at 16:53 of the opening period when Kyle Beattie (Avondale, Ariz.) got the puck to classmate Adam Shemansky (Robbinsville, N.J.). Shemansky fed Joey Diamond (Long Beach, N.Y.) who skated to the slot and fired a shot that deflected off a Vermont defenseman and into the back of the goal. For Diamond, it was his second goal of the season.

Vermont tied the game at 4:51 of the second period. With several players on the ice in between the circles, Jacob Fallon gained control of the puck and got it to Yvan Pattyn just inside the blueline. He unleashed a shot that beat Maine goalie Martin Ouellette. For Pattyn, it was his first collegiate goal.

The Catamounts got the game-winning goal at 7:44 of the third frame. Tobias Nilsson-Roos fed Chris McCarthy in transition. He got the puck to Robert Polesello, who beat Ouellette glove side. For Polesello, it was his first career goal.

Maine nearly scored the game-tying goal at 19:54 of the third period, but the goal was called back after it was ruled that a Black Bear player in the crease had interfered with Vermont goalie Brody Hoffman.

Vermont outshot Maine 33-32. The Black Bears were 1-for-4 on the power play, while Vermont was scoreless in four chances.

Maine goalie Ouellette made 31 saves in goal and falls to 1-4-1 on the season. Hoffman stopped 31 shots as well and improve to 3-7-2.

Maine falls to 2-10-1 on the season and 1-6-1 in Hockey East play. Vermont improves to 3-7-2 overall, 3-5-2 in conference play.

The two teams conclude their two-game weekend series on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Alfond Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM.