ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine men's ice hockey team defeated the #3 Quinnipiac University Bobcats, 4-0, on Saturday evening in Alfond Arena.
The first period skated to a scoreless tie. Maine's penalty kill unit fought off two 5-on-4's and a 5-on-3. Victor Ostman stopped all 12 shots he saw in the opening 20:00.
Saturday night's second period was much like the first. The Black Bears were awarded their first power play opportunity of the night. Ostman recorded nine saves in the middle frame.
First Goal (1-0 Maine): Cole Hanson started the scoring onslaught in the third period at the 3:13 mark. Didrik Henbrant had his shot saved by the Quinnipiac goaltender. Hanson backhanded the save into the net. Maine grabbed a lead that would keep growing.
Second Goal (2-0 Maine): While on the power play, Ben Poisson scored his squad's second goal of the final frame. Lynden Breen did everything except score the puck. The junior forward made a handful of Bobcat defenders miss until he found Poisson. With Thomas Freel blocking Quinnipiac's goaltender, the Maine forward doubled the lead.
Third Goal (3-0 Maine): After receiving a pass from Donavan Villeneuve-Houle, Matthew Fawcett scored a breakaway goal against his former team. The forward's first shot was saved but not covered. While never giving up, Fawcett jammed the puck home. Maine led 3-0 with exactly five minutes left.
Fourth Goal (4-0 Maine): Nolan Renwick scored the final goal of the night after receiving a pass from Justin Michaelian. Poisson, around the puck all night, started the odd man rush with a dump from the neutral zone. Renwick's goal gave Maine a 4-0 lead that would stand.
Victor Ostman, recording his first career shutout, saved 33 shots in net for the Black Bears. Yaniv Perets recorded 30 saves between the pipes for Quinnipiac.
Maine went 1 for 2 on the power play, as the Bobcats were 0-4 on its player advantages.
The two squads will finish the non-conference series tomorrow, Sunday, October 23. Puck drop for the finale is scheduled for 4:05 pm.