Vesey Hat Trick Leads Maine Past Northeastern, 6-3
Freshman forward Nolan Vesey posts hat trick for Black Bears

Freshman forward Nolan Vesey had a hat trick for the Black Bears
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 3:34  MNE1-0 EV Nolan Vesey (8)Devin Shore/19, Dan Renouf/8
1st 14:37  NOE1-1 EV Dylan Sikura (4)John Stevens/13, Dustin Darou/2
1st 15:49  MNE2-1 EV Connor Leen (8)Eric Schurhamer/8
2nd 3:15  MNE3-1 PP Nolan Vesey (9)Steven Swavely/15, Devin Shore/20
2nd 3:24  NOE2-3 EV Mike McMurtry (4)Dax Lauwers/1, Kevin Roy/22
2nd 7:34  MNE4-2 EV GW Devin Shore (12)Jake Rutt/6, Steven Swavely/16
3rd 4:26  MNE5-2 EV Nolan Vesey (10)Steven Swavely/17, Eric Schurhamer/9
3rd 14:16  NOE3-5 EV Garret Cockerill (3)Dalen Hedges/23, Kevin Roy/23
3rd 18:28  MNE6-3 EV EN Devin Shore (13)Brady Campbell/2, Mark Hamilton/6
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Northeastern  1113
Maine  2226
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Northeastern  116724
Maine  991129
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Northeastern (15-12-4)  0/4 8/24 0
Maine (13-18-3)  1/6 5/10 0
Northeastern Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Derick Roy (L, 5-6-2)59:145 77923
Empty Net0:461     
Maine Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Matt Morris (W, 7-7-2)60:003 105621

ORONO, Maine - Freshman Nolan Vesey (No. Reading, Massachusetts) notched a hat trick, while Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) had two goals and two assists, including the 100th point of his career, as the University of Maine men's ice hockey team downed Northeastern 6-3 on Senior Night at Alfond Arena.

Maine improves to 13-18-3 on the season and 8-10-2 in Hockey East play. Northeastern falls to 15-12-4 on the season and 10-8-2 in conference play. The loss snapped the nine-game unbeaten streak that Northeastern was in the midst of.

Maine took a 1-0 lead just 3:34 into the first period when Dan Renouf (Pickering, Ontario) found Shore alone on the goal post. As Northeastern goalie Derick Roy slid over to cover Shore, he passed the puck to Vesey who easily tapped the puck into the open net for his eighth goal of the season.

Northeastern evened the score at 14:37 of the first period. Dustin Darou fired the puck on net and John Stevens was able to tip it to Dylan Sikura for his third goal of the weekend.

Maine answered back just over a minute later. Eric Schurhamer (St. Paul, Minnesota) carried the puck up the ice and found Connor Leen (Chester, New York) crashing the net. Leen deflected the puck past Roy for his 50th career point.

Vesey got his second goal of the night just 3:15 into the second period. Will Merchant (Eagan, Minnesota) had a shot, but Shore and Steven Swavely (Reading, Pennsylvania) each got sticks on the puck before Vesey fired it past Roy. For Shore, the assist marked the 100th point of his impressive career.

Mike McMurtry scored just nine seconds later to pull Northeastern to within one goal. McMurtry carried the puck up the ice on an odd-man rush. Just when it looked like he would pass the puck, he fired it back Maine goalie Matt Morris (Ridgewood, New Jersey).

Shore added his first goal of the night when he received a pass from Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) and fired a slap shot from the point that touched nothing but the back of the net. Swavely also assisted on the goal. For Shore, it was his 12th goal of the season.

Vesey got the hat trick at 4:26 of the third period when he redirected a Schurhamer shot past Roy. It was the first hat trick by a Black Bear since Matt Mangene accomplished the feat on Jan. 21, 2012.

Garret Cockerill made it a 5-3 score at 14:16 when his shot from the point beat Morris top shelf.

Shore iced the game with an empty net tally at 18:28. He got a pass from Brady Campbell (Blenheim, Ontairo) and skated the puck into the empty net. Mark Hamilton (Winthrop, Massachusetts) also picked up an assist on the final goal of the game.

Maine outshot Northeastern 29-24 in the game. The Black Bears were 1-for-6 on the power play, while Northeastern was scoreless in four opportunities.

Morris made 21 saves in goal for the Black Bears and evens his record to 7-7-2 on the season. Roy stopped 23 shots for the Huskies and falls to 5-6-2.

Before and after the game Maine honored seniors Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine), Andrew Cerretani (Pelham, New Hampshire), Stu Higgins (Troy, Michigan) and Connor Leen (Chester, N.Y.)

The Black Bears return to action on Friday, Feb. 27 when they travel to Providence for a pair of Hockey East games to finish the regular season.