Pearson's Three Points Propel Maine Past American International, 7-3
Freshman forward Chase Pearson posts two goals and assist for Black Bears

Freshman forward Chase Pearson scored two goals and an assist for the Black Bears
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 4:34  MNE1-0 EV Mark Hamilton (1)Brendan Robbins/6, Chase Pearson/5
1st 10:16  AIC1-1 EV Shawn McBride (4)Blake Christensen/9, Martin Mellberg/5
1st 17:14  AIC2-1 PP Hugo Reinhardt (2)Andrew Debrincat/6, Blake Christensen/10
1st 19:59  MNE2-2 EV Chase Pearson (9)Patrick Shea/5, Mark Hamilton/6
2nd 10:04  MNE3-2 EV GW Chase Pearson (10)Nolan Vesey/8, Patrick Shea/6
2nd 12:59  MNE4-2 EV Blaine Byron (8)Ryan Smith/4, Cam Brown/15
3rd 2:42  MNE5-2 PP Blaine Byron (9)Cam Brown/16, Rob Michel/5
3rd 7:55  MNE6-2 PP Nolan Vesey (4)Cam Brown/17, Rob Michel/6
3rd 11:45  MNE7-2 EV Patrick Shea (4)Dane Gibson/5, Mark Hamilton/7
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
American International  2002
Maine  2237
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
American International  148224
Maine  561930
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
American International (3-8-6)  1/1 6/12 0
Maine (7-9-3)  2/6 1/2 0
American International Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Zackarias Skog (L, 1-5-4)40:004 3407
Alex Murray20:003 001616
Maine Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Rob McGovern (W, 6-7-3)59:242 128222
Empty Net0:360     

ORONO, Me. - The Black Bears took care of home ice this weekend in their last contests of the 2016 calendar year as they swept the Yellow Jackets from AIC.

Junior Defenseman Mark Hamilton opened the scoring 4:34 into the contest on assists from Brendan Robbins and Chase Pearson. AIC then rallied for two straight goals as Shawn McBride was able to sneak a puck passed McGovern's pad on assists from Blake Christensen and Martin Mellberg. Then Hugo Reinhardt was able to capitalize on the powerplay on a feed from Andrew Debrincat and Blake Christensen. McGovern was then perfect from that point on making 22 saves on 24 shots on goal. Chase Pearson was able to continue his scoring magic as he scored with just 0.8 seconds left in the first frame on an assist from Mark Hamilton. Maine headed into the locker room knotted at 2.

The second period was all Black Bears as Chase Pearson knotted his second of the game at the 10:04. Assisting on the goal was Nolan Vesey and Patrick Shea. Senior Blaine Byron then found the back of the net just over two minutes later on assists from Ryan Smith and Cam Brown and extended the lead to 4-2.

The third period saw the Black Bears hot powerplay stay hot as Rob Michel and Cam Brown were able to connect with Blaine Byron, netting his second of the night and extending the lead to 5-2. At the 7:55 mark of the period, Maine saw another powerplay and Nolan Vesey made short work of it, scoring his fourth of the season on assists from Cam Brown and Rob Michel. 11:45 into the frame, the Black Bears capitalized on their 7th of the evening, as Patrick Shea was on the spot, scoring on a Dane Gibson rebound opportunity. Mark Hamilton added a secondary assist.

The Black Bears end the 2016 calendar year at 7-9-3 and look to continue momentum after the holiday break as they take on New Hampshire in a non-conference tilt in Manchester on December 30th. The Black Bears return home to hallowed Alfond Arena to take on Team USA-U18 on January 6th. Tickets are available and can be purchased at or by calling 207-581-BEAR. Happy Holidays Black Bear Nation and see you after the break!