UMaine scores four times in third period to rally past Quinnipiac|
The University of Maine men’s hockey team, which trailed by three goals early, scored three goals in a span of 1:12 late in the third period to rally for a 7-4 victory over Quinnipiac University at the Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena in Hamden, Connecticut, on Friday night.
Cedric Lacroix broke a 4-4 tie with 4:19 remaining, Eduards Tralmaks scored his second goal of the period 26 seconds later and Brendan Robbins capped the flurry at the 16:53 mark.
UMaine improved to 7-7-1 and extended its unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1) while Quinnipiac fell to 6-9-2.
Karlis Cukste’s 4-on-4 goal 2:50 into the third period broke a 3-3 tie but Tralmaks who, like Cukste, is from Riga, Latvia, tied it up at the 10:40 mark.
Jeremy Swayman made a career-high 50 saves for UMaine while Quinnipiac’s Andrew Shortridge stopped 23 before being replaced by Keith Petruzzelli with 3:07 left. Petruzzelli didn’t make a save.
The teams will conclude their series on Saturday night at 7.
The Bobcats, who had been held to two goals or less in eight of their 16 games, took just 9:41 to ring up a 3-0 lead as Scott Davidson, Bo Pieper and Tanner MacMaster lit the goal lamp scored in a span of 4:28.
Mitch Fossier cut the lead to 3-1 at the 12:04 mark of the first period and Tim Doherty and Patrick Holway scored on the power play in the second period to tie it up.
MacMaster’s goal came on the 17th shot of the period for Quinnipiac compared to UMaine’s two.
Quinnipiac outshot UMaine 23-4 in the first period and the Black Bears also lost the services of standout junior defenseman and alternate captain Rob Michel due to a leg injury.
It marked the first time in eight games that UMaine freshman goalie Swayman had allowed more than two goals. Swayman, who is on the preliminary roster for the United States World Junior team, had allowed two goals in each of his previous seven starts.
Davidson opened the scoring 5:13 into the game off assists from Karlis Cukste and Luke Shiplo.
Pieper, younger brother of UMaine’s Canon Pieper, made it 2-0 only 3:43 later by beating Swayman from the bottom of the left circle off a pass from Landon Smith during a 3-on-2.
MacMaster expanded the lead just 45 seconds later with Odeen Tufto and Brogan Rafferty earning assists.
Fossier cut into the lead with a breakaway backhander off a Doherty feed.
Doherty scored at the 2:46 mark of the second period when he redirected a Canon Pieper pass behind Shortridge and Holway tied it up 10:18 later when he worked his way into a shooting lane and beat Shortridge upstairs.