ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine’s Black Bear hockey team entered Saturday night’s game against Northeastern University at Alfond Arena with the nation’s fifth-best power play, operating at a 26.5 percent success rate.
Now it’s up to 28.9 percent.
The Black Bears scored four power play goals in six chances, including a pair of five-on-three goals 48 seconds apart late in the second period, and they went on to post a 5-1 win over the Huskies.
Maine’s fifth straight win and sixth game without a loss (5-0-1) improved its record to 9-7-1 overall, 7-4-1 in Hockey East. Maine has already matched its Hockey East win total of last year.
Northeastern fell to 6-8-1 and 4-7-1, respectively.
Adam Shemansky’s power play goal 3:58 into the second period on his centering pass from behind the net that deflected in off goalie Chris Rawlings’ stick and Brett Carriere’s goal 57 seconds later off the rebound of a Kyle Solomon shot staked Maine to a 2-0 lead.
Tyler McNeely cut the lead in half with a downward tip off a Kyle Kraemer point shot but the Huskies took three penalties in a span of 1:28 and Maine capitalized with two-man advantage goals from Brian Flynn and Jeff Dimmen.
Flynn took a cross-crease pass from Gustav Nyquist and snapped a 10-footer off the far post and in and Dimmen took a diagonal pass from Flynn and snapped a wrister over Rawlings’ glove.
Dave deKastrozza capped the scoring with a third-period power play goal.
Maine goalie Scott Darling finished with 23 saves and has now allowed just one goal in each of his last five starts.
Rawlings made 16 saves on 20 shots before being replaced by Bryan Mountain, who stopped 10 of 11 shots.