|1st||12:37||MNE||1-0||PP||Devin Shore (4)||Cam Brown/4, Steven Swavely/4|
|1st||19:30.2||MNE||2-0||EV||Connor Leen (1)||-|
|2nd||6:18||VER||1-2||PP||Colin Markison (2)||Mike Stenerson/3, Mike Paliotta/6|
|2nd||14:13||VER||2-2||EV||Colin Markison (3)||Brady Shaw/2, Mike Stenerson/4|
|2nd||19:59.8||MNE||3-2||PP||Cam Brown (5)||Ben Hutton/2, Steven Swavely/5|
|3rd||19:01.4||VER||3-3||EV EA||Mario Puskarich (3)||Alexx Privitera/5, Jake Fallon/3|
|OT||3:13||VER||4-3||EV GW||Mike Stenerson (2)||Mike Paliotta/7, Colin Markison/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Matt Morris (L, 2-3-1)||63:13||4||9||9||15||0||33|
|Brody Hoffman (W, 4-0-1)||62:53||3||6||10||4||1||21|
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Mike Stenerson tipped in a Mike Paliotta point shot at 3:13 of overtime to lead 14th-ranked Vermont to a come-from-behind 4-3 Hockey East victory over Maine on Friday night in front of a sell out crowd of 4,007 at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The Catamounts improve to 5-1-1 (3-1-1 HEA), while the Black Bears snap their four-game unbeaten streak and fall to 3-5-1 (2-1-0 HEA).
A Mario Puskarich wrist shot with an extra skater tied the game at three with just 59 seconds left in regulation to force overtime before Stenerson won the contest. Colin Markison scored a pair of goals in the second period as Vermont roared back from a two-goal deficit. Brody Hoffman finished the night with 21 saves to remain unbeaten between the pipes at 4-0-1.
"You can't take the resilience away from our hockey team. We would certainly rather play with the lead but I think it shows that we have a lot of character in that room," said head coach Kevin Sneddon. "The guys worked extremely hard together to overcome the adversity and the obstacles tonight. We were a really good third-period team and we played to win in overtime."
Devin Shore opened the scoring for Maine on the power play at 12:37 of the first period, tucking a low shot past Hoffman from the right doorstep. It marked the first power play goal allowed by UVM this season in 20 shorthanded attempts. With 30 seconds left in the opening frame, Connor Leen finished a partial breakaway from the right wing on a wrister that beat Hoffman high glove side.
Markison led the charge in the second as the Catamounts earned their first power play of the night at the 5:02 mark. Paliotta's point shot was deflected at the edge of the crease by Stenerson, and Markison buried the loose puck at the right doorstep. The senior forward added his second tally with less than six minutes left in the frame, following his own rebound and lifting a backhand past Matt Morris from the left side of the crease to knot the score.
UVM killed off a 5-on-3 for 25 seconds late in the second, but Maine punched the puck across the goal line with 0.2 seconds left on the clock to retake the lead. Ben Hutton hit the right post with a shot from the left circle, and the Black Bears followed with a scramble at the edge of the crease. Cam Brown tapped the puck off Hoffman from the right goal line and into the net as time expired on the period.
Vermont carried the play in the final frame, out-shooting Maine 16-4, but continued to trail into the closing minutes. UVM pulled Hoffman with 1:19 to go and kept the puck in the offensive zone at the right point. Alexx Privitera slid a pass inside to the high slot for Puskarich, who fired a powerful wrist shot into the upper left corner to beat Morris blocker side at 19:01.
Three minutes into overtime, Markison worked the puck to Paliotta at the right point. The senior directed a shot on target, and Stenerson deflected the puck glove side on Morris from the low right circle to win the game for the Catamounts. The tally marked Stenerson's second game-winning goal of the season with both coming at home.
Vermont and Maine close out their Hockey East weekend series on Saturday (Nov. 8) at 7:05 p.m. Live high definition video is available for free via CatamounTV.com, and all the action can be heard on WVMT 620-AM and SportsJuice.com. Pre-game radio coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Alastair Ingram and Jerry Tarrant on the call.
Saturday at Gutterson is Family Fun Night, including face painting presented by Flat Fee Real Estate. Hannaford and Suncommon will have tables in the main lobby.