Maine Skates Past American International, 5-3
Freshman forward Chase Pearson scores hat trick for Black Bears

Freshman forward Mitchell Fossier scored a goal and an assist for the Black Bears
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 5:55  AIC1-0 EV Johnny Mueller (1)Austin Orszulak/3, Johno May/3
1st 7:52  MNE1-1 PP Chase Pearson (6)Cam Brown/12, Blaine Byron/9
1st 11:44  AIC2-1 EV Blake Christensen (5)Hugo Reinhardt/8, Joel Kocur/1
1st 19:50  MNE2-2 PP Mitchell Fossier (8)CÚdric Lacroix/2, Patrick Holway/6
2nd 11:31  MNE3-2 PP Chase Pearson (7)Cam Brown/13, Blaine Byron/10
2nd 15:01  MNE4-2 PP GW Patrick Holway (2)Patrick Shea/4, Mitchell Fossier/6
2nd 16:51  MNE5-2 PP Chase Pearson (8)Blaine Byron/11, Cam Brown/14
3rd 17:33  AIC3-5 PP Shawn McBride (3)Jared Pike/2, Johno May/4
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
American International  2013
Maine  2305
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
American International  1161229
Maine  1518639
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
American International (3-7-6)  1/3 7/14 0
Maine (6-9-3)  5/7 3/6 0
American International Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Alex Murray (L, 2-3-2)58:095 1315634
Empty Net1:510     
Maine Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Matt Morris (W, 1-2-0)59:463 961126
Empty Net0:140     

ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine men's ice hockey team tallied five power play goals, its most with the man advantage since also tallying five in 2009 as part of a 10-1 win over St. Lawrence, to defeat American International College by a score of 5-3 on Friday evening at Alfond Arena.

Chase Pearson notched his first career hat-trick and was joined in the scorebook by fellow freshmen Mitchell Fossier and Patrick Holway.

Senior's Cam Brown and Blaine Byron each added three assists as Maine went 5-for-7 on the power play in the opening two periods.

Matt Morris picked up his first win of the season between the pipes, turning away 26 shots. In total, Maine outshot AIC 39-29, including an 18-6 margin in the second period.

The scoring came quick as four total goals were tallied in the opening period. The Yellow Jackets began the flurry when Austin Orszulak found Johnny Mueller in the right circle. Mueller's shot found the back of the net for his first goal of the season.

Maine answered just under two minutes later with its first of two first period power play goals. Byron sent the puck around the boards and behind the AIC net where Brown settled. Brown worked the puck before firing a pass out in front to Pearson who buried the shot to knot the game at 1-1.

Blake Christensen's fifth goal of the season regained the lead for the Yellow Jackets. Hugo Reinhardt skated the puck to the center of the Maine zone where he dumped it of to Christensen. The freshman forward geared up from the blue line and beat Morris for his fifth goal of the year.

Maine was able to tie the game with just 10-seconds left in the first period. Once again working on the power play, Holway fired a shot from the point. The attempt was blocked away by AIC goaltender Alex Murray but Fossier was able to punch the puck out of the scrum and across the goal line.

Pearson tallied his second goal of the evening, and the third for Maine on the power play, to give the Black Bears their first lead of the night. Sharp tick-tack passing from the Black Bears led to the goal, Pearson's seventh of the season. Byron controlled the puck along the glass before sending a pass down low to Brown. The senior captain wasted no time, one-timing a pass right on to Pearson's tape where the freshman lit the lamp with the go ahead goal.

Maine extended its lead to 4-2 when it tallied its fourth power play goal of the night, 15:01 into the second period. Patrick Shea found fellow freshman Holway on the blue line where the defensemen fired a shot through a sea of skaters and into the back of the net.

Just 1:50 later, Pearson found the back of the net for the third time, tallying his hat-trick goal with 3:09 remaining in the second period. Once again skating on the power play, Byron rifled a shot from the top of the zone. Pearson, battling in front, tipped the puck past Murray, giving Maine a 5-2 lead on its fifth power play goal of the night.

The Yellow Jackets got a goal back when Shawn McBride capitalized on a Maine turnover, stealing a pass in front of the net and wristing a shot into the net.

The Black Bears killed off the extra skater attack, securing the 5-3 victory.

The two teams close out the series tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. For tickets, please visit GoBlackBears.com or call 207.581.BEAR. After the game, stick around and join the Black Bears on the ice for 'Skate with the Bears', brought to you by Domino's.