Senior forward Ben Poisson posted a goal and an assist for the Black Bears
Maine Tops UMass Lowell, 5-3, to Split Weekend Set
Senior forward Ben Poisson posted a goal and an assist for the Black Bears

Box Score

ORONO, Maine. - The University of Maine men's ice hockey team defeated the #16/#15 University of Massachusetts Lowell River Hawks, 5-3, on Saturday evening in the Alfond Arena.  

First Goal (1-0 Maine): After a lengthy review, the 'no goal' was overturned, and Breazeale scored the first goal of the first for the Black Bears. Michael Mancinelli was pushed into the River Hawks netminder. Goaltender interference was called, but after the review, David Breazeale was credited a goal, and the Black Bears led 1-0.  

Second Goal (2-0 Maine): At the end of Maine's first power play, Brandon Holt scored the second of the first period for the Black Bears. Luke Antonacci left the puck for Holt who jammed it between the netminder's leg and into the net. Maine was not done with the first period.  

Third Goal (3-0 Maine): Just over three minutes of game play later, the Black Bears scored their third goal of the opening frame. Felix Trudeau tried to flip the puck over Lowell's goaltender, but it deflected to Aidan Carney. The freshman lifted his shot just under the crossbar. It was Carney's first career goal for the Black Bears.  

Fourth Goal (3-1 Maine): Pulling his team to within two goals at the end of the first period, Brian Chambers played the role of goal scorer. Maine left the forward unattended between the face-off dots. At the end of 20:00, the Black Bears held a 3-1 lead.  

Fifth Goal (3-2 Maine): 1:55 into the second period, Chambers scored his second goal of the night. The River Hawks' power play opportunity had just concluded when the lamp was lit by the forward. The one goal deficit would soon grow.  

Sixth Goal (4-2 Maine): Lynden Breen joined the scoring party with a tap-in goal at the 7:16 mark of the second. Didrik Henbrant's effort earned this tally. The defense was locked in on Henbrant who threaded it to Breen. Maine's lead was once again two.  

Seventh Goal (4-3 Maine): On the power play, Matt Crasa pulled his squad to within a goal. The Black Bears had an opportunity to clear but were unable to do so. Brehdan Engum flipped the puck in front of his net, while Crasa did the rest. At the end of the second period, Maine held a one goal advantage.  

Eighth Goal (5-3 Maine): Ben Poisson added an empty net with 00:11 remaining in regulation. The two goal lead stood as Maine earned a split on Saturday night.  

Notes: Victor Ostman saved 25 shots in net for the Black Bears, while Gustavs Davis Grigals stopped 30 shots between the pipes for UMass Lowell.  

Maine went 1 for 4 on the power play, as the River Hawks were 1-5 on its player advantages.  

Next: The Black Bears will return to the ice Saturday, January 20 for a Hockey East match-up at Boston University. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm.