ORONO, Maine- Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario) scored a power play goal late in the third period and Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec) recorded his fourth career shutout to lead the University of Maine men's ice hockey team to a 2-0 victory over Vermont on Friday night at Alfond Arena.
Maine improves to 4-3-1 on the season with the win and 1-1-1 in Hockey East play. Vermont falls to 2-3-1 overall, 1-2-0 in conference action.
The two teams played through two scoreless periods, despite each team having several chances. Ouellette made an excellent save for the Black Bears in the middle of the first period when Vermont's Mario Puskarich went for a wrap around goal on the power play. Ouellette managed to get a pad out to make the save.
Hutton put Maine on the board at 15:16 of the third period with a five-on-three goal. Brice O'Connor (Londonderry, New Hampshire) passed to Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario), who looked for an open man. Vermont's goaltender Brody Hoffman prepared to save a shot from Shore, who passed to Hutton stationed just inside the goal line. Hutton fired the puck past Hoffman for his third goal of the season.
Maine added to its lead less than three minutes later. A Vermont defenseman was attempting to keep control of the puck along the board, when Steven Swavely (Reading, Pa.) was able to strip it away from him. Already with a step on the defense, Swavely shot the puck past Hoffman and into the back of the net to give the Black Bears on insurance goal. For Swavely, it was his second goal of the season.
Maine finished the game with a 38-23 edge in shots on goal. The Black Bears converted two of their seven power play changes, while holding Vermont scoreless with the man advantage.
Ouellette made 23 saves in goal and improves to 4-3-1 on the season. Hoffman made 36 saves for the Catamounts and falls to 0-1-0.
The two teams conclude their two-game weekend series on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Alfond Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM.