LOWELL, Mass. — The University of Maine’s road streak is finally over.
Freshman Eduards Tralmaks scored two goals and added an assist on Saturday afternoon as the Black Bears posted a 6-2 Hockey East victory over UMass Lowell at the Tsongas Center.
The win ended a string of 23 games during which UMaine had failed to win on the road as the Black Bears were 0-19-4 dating back to a victory at Massachusetts on Jan. 30, 2016.
“It was a good road win for us, we did a lot of good things,” said UMaine coach Red Gendron.
On Saturday, freshman goaltender Jeremy Swayman made 28 saves while five UMaine players scored goals and five different players had multiple points.
“Our goalkeeper Jeremy Swayman played very well early when the outcome was in doubt,” said Gendron, whose Black Bears (3-5 overall, 2-2 HE) built a 5-0 lead through two periods, which proved more than enough for Swayman and the defense.
“We got great performances from different people obviously, but I do want to call attention to Jeremy Swayman’s performance, particularly early in the game,” he added.
Tralmaks gave the Black Bears the 1-0 lead when Chase Pearson stole a puck at the boards and fed a pass across the slot toward the left post where the freshman slammed it inside the left post past Wall. It took less than six minutes for UMaine to make it 2-0, as Daniel Perez picked the puck off in the slot, turned and popped the puck between Wall’s legs.
“Eddie’s goal was terrific and Danny was Johnny on the spot, so when you start up 2-0, then it’s about how you play after that, which I think our players did a decent job of,” said Gendron.
The Black Bears kept up the pressure early in the second period and it paid off just 2:54 into the frame, as Perez picked up the puck in the neutral zone and skated in with Brady Keeper. They were able to open up some space and Perez hit Keeper with the puck near the left post where he put it into the net.
Again, Swayman made a couple key saves to preserve the lead for the Black Bears, including a sliding chest save near the left post on a high shot from Jake Kamrass.
Tralmaks wristed a rocket from the right dot just under the crossbar to make it 4-0 lead at the midway point of the game. Tralmaks goal was assisted by Mitchell Fossier and Pearson.
The teams traded power-play goals in the final frame, with Fossier finishing the puck at the left post as he fell to the ice. Ryan Dmowski scored for the River Hawks (4-6, 1-5 HE), who later received a goal from John Edwardh.
Tralmaks finished with three points while Fossier, Keeper and Perez each had two points on one goal and one assist and Pearson had two points with two assists.
Maine has a week off before playing a two-game set with Boston University on Nov. 18 at Alfond Arena in Orono and Nov. 18 at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland.