Balanced Scoring Sends Maine Past Canisius, 4-1
Freshman forward Nolan Vesey scores game-winner for Black Bears

Freshman forward Nolan Vesey scored the game-winning goal for the Black Bears
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 4:55  MNE1-0 EV Conor Riley (1)Blaine Byron/7, Cam Brown/9
1st 10:12  CNS1-1 EV Doug Jessey (2)Doug Beck/4, Josh Kielich/3
2nd 13:01  MNE2-1 EV GW Nolan Vesey (3) -
3rd 9:35  MNE3-1 EV Malcolm Hayes (4)Stu Higgins/1, CÚdric Lacroix/3
3rd 19:57  MNE4-1 EV EN Devin Shore (5)Ben Hutton/7
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Canisius  1001
Maine  1124
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Canisius  1010929
Maine  11151541
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Canisius (6-7-5)  0/2 1/2 0
Maine (5-13-1)  0/1 2/4 0
Canisius Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Keegan Asmundson (L, 2-5-3)58:203 10141337
Empty Net1:401     
Maine Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Sean Romeo (W, 3-9-0)59:261 910928
Empty Net0:340     

ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine men's ice hockey team got goals from four different players, while rookie netminder Sean Romeo (Cary, North Carolina) made 28 saves as the Black Bears opened the second half of the season with a 4-1 win over Canisius.

Maine struck first at 4:55 of the opening stanza. Conor Riley (Massena, N.Y.) got the puck to Blaine Byron (Manotick, Ontario) who circled with it in the offensive zone, before dishing it back to Riley just inside the blueline. His shot eluded the Canisius defense and found the back of the net for his first goal of the season.

Canisius tied the game just over five minutes later. Josh Kielich passed the puck to Doug Beck who has his shot from the side of the crease stopped by Maine goalie Romeo. The puck came right out to Doug Jessey and he shot the puck past Romeo for his second goal of the season.

Maine grabbed the lead at 13:01 of the second period when Nolan Vesey (No. Reading, Mass.) stole the puck in the neutral zone and got a step on the defense for a partial breakaway. He was able to beat Canisius netminder Keegan Asmundson five hole. For Vesey, it was his third goal of the season.

Maine added to its lead at 9:35 of the third period. Cedric Lacroix (Shefford, Quebec) dug the puck out of the corner and found Stu Higgins (Troy, Mich.), who had a shot that Asmundson saved. The rebound went right to Malcolm Hayes (Atlanta, Ga.) who had a nearly open net as Asmundson was not able to recover in time after the initial shot. For Hayes, it was his fourth goal of the season.

Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) got a pass from Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario) at 19:57 of the third period and fired the puck into the empty net, giving Maine the 4-1 win. For Shore, it was his fifth goal of the season.

Maine outshot Canisius 41-29 in the game. There were just three minor penalties in the game as the Black Bears were 0-for-1 with the man advantage, while Canisius finished 0-for-2 on the power play.

Maine goalie Romeo made 28 saves in goal and improves to 3-9-0 on the season. Asmundson stopped 37 shots for the Golden Griffins and falls to 2-5-3.

Maine improves to 5-13-1 on the season with the win, while Canisius falls to 6-7-5.

The two teams finish their two-game weekend series on Saturday, Jan. 3. Puck drop is set for 7 PM at Alfond Arena and tickets can be purchased online at www.goblackbearstickets.com(.)