ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine men’s hockey team got a useful tuneup in a 6-1 exhibition victory over the University of Prince Edward Island at Alfond Arena on Monday night.
With a handful of regulars sitting the game out, freshman right wings Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup and Adam Dawe turned in impactful performances.
Schmidt-Svejstrup, who played for Denmark in the World Junior Championships last season and was a second team all-star in the United States Hockey League, had two goals and an assist and Dawe added a goal.
They both played on one of Maine’s power-play units and the Black Bears went 4-for-7 on the power play.
“We did a lot of good things tonight,” said UMaine coach Red Gendron. “We obviously had some success on the power play and that was hugely positive. We had very good goaltending from all three of our goalies and our penalty kill was also very good.”
Junior left wing Mitch Fossier, UMaine’s leading scorer last year with 34 points (12 goals, 22 assists) in 37 games, tallied two first-period, power-play goals and added an assist on Schmidt-Svejstrup’s first goal.
Eduards Tralmaks had the other UMaine goal, making it 3-0 in the first period. He also picked up an assist.
Schmidt-Svejstrup and Dawe extended the lead to 5-0 in the second period and Schmidt-Svejstrup capped the game’s scoring with a 5-on-3 goal in the third period after UPEI’s Luke Kirwan had scored earlier in the period.
Goalies Jeremy Swayman (four saves on four shots), Stephen Mundinger (15-15) and Rob McGovern (9-8) each played a period for UMaine.
Defensemen Brady Keeper and Rob Michel each had two assists.
Matthew Mancina made 16 saves on 21 shots and Simon Hofley had 17 on 18 shots for UPEI, which was playing its third game in three nights. They didn’t have injured Kameron Kielly, the Atlantic University Sport’s second-leading scorer as a freshman last year.
The Black Bears played with a lot of energy and also matched UPEI’s physicality. They moved the puck swiftly on the power play and did a nice job getting the puck to the open man.
“It was a hugely positive game for us,” said senior defenseman and co-captain Michel. “To watch the young guys respond for the first time was very positive and can only help us in the future.”
“I had a lot of fun,” said Schmidt-Svejstrup, who had 26 goals and 17 assists in 40 games for the Clark Cup champion Fargo Force in the USHL a year ago. “I have waited quite a while to get here and I was very excited.”
Two precise diagonal passes produced the Fossier goals.
Schmidt-Svejstrup set up Fossier’s first goal as his pass went right onto the stick of Fossier in the right circle and he one-timed it into a virtually empty net.
“We showed some skill, especially the freshmen, and we were pretty sharp on the power play. We have a good amount of skill on this team,” said Fossier, an alternate captain.
Brady Keeper was the distributor on the next goal as UMaine was enjoying a two-man advantage. Fossier’s one-timer sailed over the shoulder of Matthew Mancina into the upper, short-side corner.
Tralmaks converted a Tim Doherty pass on a quick 3-on-1 rush as he sliced left to right across the low slot and tucked the puck inside the far post before Mancina could extend his left pad.
Schmidt-Svejstrup made it 4-0 early in the third period off a Fossier pass, flipping a 20-foot wrist shot into the far corner. Schmidt-Svejstrup had rocketed a shot off the crossbar before Fossier chased down the rebound and slipped it across to Schmidt-Svejstrup.
Dawe made it 5-0 when Tralmaks’ shot deflected off a skate over to him and he directed the puck into the net.
Kirwan scored with a turnaround wrist shot in the left circle before Schmidt-Svejstrup converted on a five-on-three with a wrist shot from the middle of the slot.
“They’re a good hockey team. It was their first game and they were playing in front of their own fans,” said UPEI coach Forbes MacPherson.
UMaine opens the regular season on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 when its entertains St. Lawrence University.