STORRS, Conn. - UConn freshman Ryan Tverberg (Richmond Hill, Ontario) scored a power play goal at 17:44 in the third period and junior Marc Gatcomb (Woburn, Mass.) tacked on an empty net goal to push the Huskies past Maine, 4-2, Saturday afternoon at the Freitas Ice Forum.
The Huskies and Black Bears split the weekend series as UConn improves to 9-10-2 on the year and Maine falls to 3-10-1.
UConn freshman Cassidy Bowes (Sturgeon County, Alberta) scored his first career goal and sophomore Carter Berger (North Vancouver, British Columbia) scored his first of the season in the win.
The Huskies opened up a 2-0 lead after Berger's goal in the first and Bowes getting on the board midway through the second. Maine pulled the game even late in the second with a pair of power play goals from Adam Dawe. After Dawe scored on a 5-on-3 chance, he got a second just as a penalty expired and the net became dislodged. The officials ruled a good goal on the ice and after a review, upheld the call making it 2-2 into the third period.
UConn had a pair of power play chances in the third period and came up with the game-winner on their second as Tverberg got a deflection on a Hudson Schandor (North Vancouver, British Columbia) shot to put the Huskies up 3-2.
Tverberg finished with a goal and an assist and senior Adam Karashik (Ridgefield, Conn.) picked-up a pair of assists. Junior goaltender Tomas Vomacka (Trutnov, Czech Republic) stopped 24 shots to earn the win.
The Huskies struck for the game's first goal at the 14:43 mark of the first. Tverberg shot wide and Berger picked the puck of the left half boards and threw a wrister on net that found its way through traffic to beat Victor Ostman for a 1-0 lead.
UConn made it 2-0 at the 9:09 mark as Bowes picked-up his first collegiate goal. Karashik drove the puck to the net from just inside the blue line and Bowes camped near the right post got a deflection past Ostman for a two-goal lead.
Maine got a 5-on-3 chance at the 17:59 mark and used their time-out to set up offensively. Dawe got his first at 18:23 as he took a feed at the high point, cut to the slot area and buried a wrister through traffic.
Then as the period was about to end, the Black Bears fired from out high with the teams crashing the net for the rebound. With the loose puck in front, the net became dislodged just as Dawe was collecting the puck to shoot and the horn and power play set to expire. Dawe fired it in and the ruling on the ice was a good goal. After a review, the call stood and .4 was put back on the clock.
After Maine killed off a UConn power play at 13:01, the Huskies got another shot with the extra skater at 17:03 and found the game-winner. Schandor blasted a slapshot from the high right circle and Tverberg got a deflection near the right post for his fourth of the season and a 3-2 lead.
Gatcomb capped of the night with an empty net goal at 19:58 to seal the Huskies' 4-2 win.