The University of Maine men’s hockey team’s six-game winning streak came to an end on Monday night but, thanks to sophomore center and co-captain Chase Pearson, the Black Bears’ unbeaten streak stretched to nine games.
Pearson’s second goal of the game, coming with 5:34 remaining in regulation, enabled UMaine to salvage a 4-4 overtime tie with Brown University at Meehan Auditorium in Providence, Rhode Island.
Freshman defenseman Anea Ferrario’s first collegiate goal, coming with 7:45 left in the third period, had given Brown a 4-3 lead but Pearson answered just 2:11 later.
UMaine outshot Brown 5-0 in the five-minute overtime but couldn’t put the puck past freshman goalie Luke Kania, who wound up with 31 saves.
UMaine is now 11-7-2 overall while Brown is 5-8-3 including back-to-back 4-4 ties with New Hampshire and UMaine.
UMaine is 7-0-2 over its last nine games and 6-0-1 in its last seven road games.
The Black Bears, who broke into the U.S. College Hockey Online’s Top 20 this week in a 20th place tie with Miami of Ohio, will finish up their eight-game road trip with Hockey East games at Northeastern University on Friday and Saturday nights.
Rob McGovern made 26 saves for UMaine.
“We did some things offensively but we could have been a lot sharper. We didn’t play with the same urgency for the whole game,” said UMaine coach Red Gendron. “Full credit to Brown. They played their tails off and did a great job creating offense. Hats off to them.”
UMaine played its best hockey after Ferrario scored, according to Gendron.
“That’s when we started to play with urgency and it was pretty good,” said Gendron. “But we needed that at other points in the game. It’s hard to win games in college hockey and the bottom line is you have to bring it every shift, all night long.”
Pearson’s second goal was unassisted and was his third in three games after he had gone 19 games without a goal dating back to last season.
Pearson stickhandled in the offensive zone before ripping a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle past Kania.
Tyler Bird’s goal at the 14:21 mark of the second period tied it up at 3-3 and came just 2:08 after Pearson’s power-play goal had supplied the Black Bears with their second one-goal lead of the game.
Brady Keeper opened the scoring for UMaine just 3:17 into the game but Brent Beaudoin tied it up on the power play 2:22 later.
Tim Lappin’s goal 6:09 into the second period provided Brown with a 2-1 lead but Fossier drew UMaine level 2:52 later and Pearson made it 3-2 at the 12:13 mark when he one-timed a Eduards Tralmaks pass past Kania.
Pearson had an assist to go with his two goals and Fossier had an assist to accompany his goal. Tralmaks picked up a pair of assists.
“Chase had a very successful night tonight,” said Gendron. “He had struggled to score goals. He hadn’t scored before Christmas. They’re starting to go in for him now but that’s because he’s going to the net, he’s putting more shots on net on a game-to-game basis, he’s looking to shoot and that’s that. It’s delightful for a coach to see.
“He’s a great player, a great human being and a selfless kid. It’s not about him,” added Gendron.
“Personally, I had one of my better games. I shot the puck, my legs were moving and I was making plays,” said Pearson. “It’s good to get a couple of goals but, in the end, it doesn’t mean anything if we don’t win. We didn’t get the result we wanted.
“We were kind of lackadaisical in the defensive zone at times, myself included,” added Pearson. “But that will come with practice. We’ll work on that this week and and we’ll watch film. That will really help us as we get ready for Northeastern.”
Beaudoin had two assists to go with his goal for Brown.
UMaine went 1-for-2 on the power play while Brown was 1-for-5.