Eduards Tralmaks scored his second goal of the game 11:42 into the third period on Saturday evening, helping the University of Maine men’s hockey team battle to a 3-3 Hockey East tie against the University of Vermont at Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, Vermont.
Tralmaks’ goal gave the Black Bears a short-lived, one-goal lead, but Max Kaufman scored for the Catamounts with 3:43 remaining to provide the tying goal and the teams played through a scoreless overtime.
Tralmaks had given UMaine (5-7-2, 3-3-2 HE) a 2-1 lead with a goal 9:52 into the final period, but Joey Cipollone equalized only 30 seconds later for Vermont (4-7-1, 1-6-1 HE).
Brady Keeper scored the first goal for the Black Bears to support goaltender Jeremy Swayman, who piled up 40 saves.
Liam Coughlin netted the other goal for the Catamounts, who received 30 saves from Stefanos Lekkas.
UMaine went 0-for-4 on the power play but also successfully killed off Vermont’s three man-advantage situations.
Coughlin staked the Catamounts to a 1-0 lead 1:17 into the second period with a goal off assists from Alex Esposito and Kaufman.
Keeper converted at 7:23 of the second period for UMaine with Patrick Shea and Chase Pearson providing the assists.
Tralmaks put the Black Bears on top 9:52 into the third with a goal coming off assists by Mitchell Fossier and Tim Doherty, but Kaufman and Matt O’Donnell set up Cipollone’s tying goal at the 10:22 mark.
Sam Becker and Fossier came up with assists on Tralmaks’ go-ahead goal, before Kaufman converted assists from Owen Grant and Derek Lodermeier to tie it up for good.
The Black Bears return to the ice on Dec. 8 when they travel to Plymouth, Michigan, o take on the U.S. National Development team for a 7 p.m. exhibition game.