UMass defeats Maine

Posted Oct. 23, 2009, at 10:51 p.m.

AMHERST, Mass. — The University of Massachusetts’ domination of the University of Maine Black Bears at the Mullins Center continued Friday night.

Junior right wing James Marcou had a goal and three assists and the Minutemen scored three power-play goals to subdue the Black Bears 5-3.

UMass improved to 3-0 overall, 2-0 in Hockey East play, while the Black Bears fell to 1-4 and 0-1, respectively.

UMass has won the last eight meetings at the Mullins Center.

Maine freshman left winger Adam Shemansky, who scored his third goal of the season in the first period, suffered a reported neck injury when he was checked into the boards by Martin Nolet with 1:51 left in the second period.

Trainers from both teams and other medical staff attended Shemansky, who was put on a board and lifted onto a stretcher before being taken to a local hospital. He was responsive.

Nolet received a five-minute major for boarding.

Casey Wellman and Nolet scored 5:50 apart in the first period to stake UMass to a lead it would never relinquish.

Shemansky got one back but Marcou re-established the two-goal lead on the power play with 2:35 left in the period.

Maine goalie Scott Darling, who allowed the three first-period goals on 10 shots, was replaced by freshman Shawn Sirman at the outset of the second period.

All three UMass first-period goals came off initial shots.

Sirman made a great save off Will Ortiz’s back door one-timer from point-blank range and Will O’Neill cut the lead to 3-2 midway through the second period against the run of play.

James Marcou set up his brother, Michael, later in the period and T.J. Syner sewed up the victory with a power- play goal 7:58 into the first period.

Wellman opened the scoring 1:37 into the game when he worked a give-and-go with James Marcou and fired a quick wrister from the base of the left circle that squeezed through Darling’s body.

Nolet extended the lead off a three-on-two as he took a wrist shot from the top of the left circle that sailed over the glove of Darling, who had dropped prematurely.

Shemansky scored off a play set up by Spencer Abbott, who knocked a UMass defenseman off the puck and waited until Shemansky positioned himself at the far post before sliding it over. Shemansky swept a backhander past the helpless Paul Dainton.

James Marcou scored off a pass from Wellman as he one-timed a wrist shot from the right circle that hit the post and rolled in off Darling’s body.

O’Neill’s second period goal came off a wrist shot from the left point through a screen but James Marcou made a terrific play to set up his brother for a back-breaking goal.

The puck bounced over O’Neill’s stick at the point and Marcou carried it down the ice.

He held the puck and cut across the slot until he was just 10 feet from the net before he dished it over to his brother for a tap-in.

Syner iced it by tipping a Matt Irwin shot through Sirman’s pads.

Tanner House scored a power-play goal for Maine with 1:02 remaining.

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