|2nd||14:31||UMA||1-0||PP||Dennis Kravchenko (3)||Troy Power/3, Shane Walsh/3|
|2nd||15:34||UMA||2-0||EV||Frank Vatrano (1)||Ray Pigozzi/4, Steven Iacobellis/4|
|3rd||7:04||MNE||1-2||EV||Devin Shore (3)||Mark Hamilton/2, Blaine Byron/4|
|3rd||12:42||MNE||2-2||EV||Liam Pecararo (1)||Steven Swavely/3, Nolan Vesey/3|
|3rd||18:37||MNE||3-2||EV GW||Blaine Byron (3)||Conor Riley/4, Brian Morgan/3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Steve Mastalerz (L, 0-3-0)||59:22||3||11||12||12||35|
|Sean Romeo (W, 1-2-0)||59:48||2||18||6||6||30|
ORONO, Maine - Blaine Byron (Manotick, Ontario) broke a 2-2 tie with a goal at 18:37 of the third period to give the University of Maine a 3-2 win over UMass to complete the weekend sweep. Maine improves to 3-4-1 on the season with the victory and begins Hockey East play a perfect 2-0-0. It is the first time since the 2007-08 season that Maine has gotten out to a 2-0-0 start in league play.
UMass falls to 2-5-0 overall, 1-4-0 on Hockey East play.
After a scoreless first period, UMass opened the scoring with a power play goal at 14:31 of the second frame. Shane Walsh had an initial shot that Maine goalie Sean Romeo (Cary, N.C.) was able to stop, but he was unable to control the rebound. Troy Power tipped the puck to Dennis Kravchenko, who roofed the puck over Romeo from the top of the crease.
The Minutemen added to their lead just over a minute later. Ray Pigozzi found Frank Vatrao just above the face-off circle and his shot beat Romeo glove side.
Trailing 2-0 entering the third period, Maine got on the board with a goal by Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) at 7:04. Byron got the puck to Mark Hamilton (Winthrop, Mass.) on the blueline. Shore was able to tip Hamilton's shot past UMass goalie Steve Mastalerz.
Maine tied the game at 12:42. Liam Pecararo (Canton, Mass.) carried the puck from behind the net and into the slot before unleashing a shot that beat Mastalerz stick side. Steven Swavely (Reading, Pa.) and Nolan Vesey (North Reading, Mass.) each assisted on the goal, which tied the game at 2-2.
Byron then scored what proved to be the game-winner with just over a minute to play in regulation. Morgan, Friday night's hero, found Conor Riley (Massena, N.Y.) on the blueline. He had a shot that went just wide and the puck came to Byron on the extended goal line. With Mastalerz out of position, Byron shot the puck on net and it went just inside the far goal post. For Byron, it was his third goal of the season.
Maine finished the game with a 38-32 edge in shots on goal. The Black Bears were scoreless on two power play opportunities, while UMass converted on one of its three chances.
Maine rookie goalie Sean Romeo turned aside 30 shots en route to his first collegiate win. He improves to 1-2-0 on the season. Mastalerz made 35 saves and falls to 0-3-0.
Maine now hits the road for a pair of games at Vermont on Nov. 7 and 8. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM on Friday night.
NOTE: Skate with the Bears, which was scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 2, has been postponed due to predicted inclement weather. No makeup date has been announced.