LOWELL, Mass. — What was a strength over the first part of the season has become an obvious weakness for the University of Maine men’s hockey team.
The University of Massachusetts Lowell scored three power play goals in a span of 4:50 late in the second period to erase a 3-2 deficit en route to a 5-3 victory over the Black Bears Friday night.
UMass Lowell improved to 15-15-2 overall, 13-11-2 in Hockey East.
Maine suffered its fifth straight loss and is winless in its last seven (0-6-1) while falling to 12-19-4 and 7-16-3, respectively.
Tanner House scored a pair of first-period goals and linemate Brian Flynn had another as Maine took a 3-2 lead into the intermission. Michael Scheu opened the scoring for UML and Patrick Cey had tied it before House broke the tie.
Maine had three power play chances in which to enhance its lead in the second period, including a five-on-three for 54 seconds, but the Bears failed to convert despite have the first 14 shots on goal in the period.
Spencer Abbott glanced a wrister off the crossbar in a delayed penalty situation.
That came back to haunt the Bears.
Maine was effectively killing off a Chris Hahn hitting-from-behind penalty when Lem Randall was assessed a minor for slashing and the River Hawks capitalized on the five-on-three and the ensuing one-man advantage.
Maury Edwards tied it when Barry Goers’ shot from the point deflected to him in the low slot to the right of Maine goalie Scott Darling. Edwards one-timed the puck past the helpless Darling.
Just 1:21 later, Nick Schaus closed from the right point to the middle of the slot and accepted a pass from Mike Budd. Schaus took a quick wrister that squirted across to the far post where Campbell tapped it home from a few feet out.
Maine squandered a power play chance and Matt Duffy was called for hooking which led to Paul Worthington’s power play goal.
Schaus fired the puck off the boards and Chris Hahn failed in his attempt to cut off the pass.
That created a two-on-none and Campbell slid it across to Worthington who beat defenseman Simon Danis-Pepin to the net and chipped it home.
The River Hawks protected the lead in the third period although goalie Nevin Hamilton was required to make some important saves including one on Jeff Marshall’s deflection.
Scheu opened the scoring 3:33 into the game when Schaus’ point shot was deflected onto Darling by Danis-Pepin and Scheu jammed home the rebound.
House tied it when Gustav Nyquist intercepted the puck and had his shot attempt glance over to him. House took a few strides and rifled a slapper over Hamilton’s blocker.
Flynn made it 2-1 on the power play when he swatted a Danis-Pepin rebound over Hamilton into the short side.
Cey tied it by jumping on a loose puck, doing a 180-degree spin and firing it over Darling’s glove side shoulder.
But House gave Maine its last lead when he scored from the slot off assists from linemates Flynn and Nyquist.
UMass Lowell went 4-for-8 on the power play. Maine has now given up 12 power play goals in its last seven games.
Maine went 1-for-7 on the power play.
Hamilton finished with 32 saves while Darling made 26.
The teams play again tonight at 7.