Jan. 29, 2010

* Courtesy Maine Athletics

ORONO, Maine-- The University of Maine men's ice hockey team skated to a 6-3 victory over Vermont on Friday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, Vt. Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) and Klas Leidermark (Gavle, Sweden) led Maine with a goal and two assists each. Maine, ranked 19th in the latest USCHO.com poll, improves to 12-9-2 on the season and 9-6-1 in Hockey East play. Vermont falls to 12-9-2 overall and 6-8-2 in conference play.

Maine took a 1-0 lead 6:22 into the first period when Gustav Nyquist stole the puck from a Vermont defender and skated in alone, beating UVM goalie Rob Madore over his blocker. For Nyquist, it was his 14th goal of the season.

Maine extended its lead to 2-0 at 13:38 of the first period with a power play goal by Brian Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.). Spencer Abbott (Hamilton, Ontario) carried the puck up the ice, getting it to Adam Shemansky (Robbinsville, N.J.). Shemansky found Flynn on the left side of the goal. Flynn beat Madore for his seventh goal of the season.

Vermont then had several chances in front of Maine goalie Scott Darling (Lemont, Ill.). With just over two minutes remaining in the first period, the puck got past Darling, but Maine defenseman Mark Nemec (Rouses Point, N.Y.) swept the puck out of the crease, saving a goal.

Maine extended its lead to 3-0 with just five seconds remaining in the first period. On the power play, Will O'Neill (Salem, Mass.) and Klas Leidermark (Gavle, Sweden) teamed up to find Tanner House (Cochrane, Alberta). House was able to slid the puck inside the right post to give Maine the 3-0 lead.

Maine regained the three goal lead late in the second period. Leidermark tipped the puck to Jeff Dimmen (Colorado Springs, Colo.) just outside the right face-off circle. His shot was saved. The rebound came right to Kyle Beattie (Avondale, Ariz.) who was to the left of Madore. Beattie was able to shoot the puck into the net, for his first career goal.

Dimmen gave Maine a 5-1 lead late in the second period with a power play goal. Skating four-on-three, Nyquist found Dimmen in the left face-off circle. He one-timed the puck past Madore for his fourth goal of the season. Will O'Neill (Salem, Mass.) also assisted on the goal for the Black Bears.

Vermont tallied its second goal of the game 1:52 into the third period when Justin Milo beat Darling with a shot from the left post. For Milo, it as his ninth goal of the season. Chris McCarthy and Kevan Miller each assisted on the goal. The Catamounts cut the lead to just two goals at 5-3 when Sebastian Stalberg scored his third goal of the season at 7:37 of the third period.

Klas Leidermark notched his first career goal at 17:36 of the third period to ensure the victory for Maine. Nyquist and O'Neill each assisted on the goal for Maine. O'Neill finished the game with three assists.

Black Bear goalie Scott Darling finished the game with 31 saves. He improves to 12-3-2 on the season. Madore made 19 saves for the Catamounts. He falls to 8-7-2.

Vermont finished the game with a 34-25 advantage in shots. Maine was 4-for-6 on the power play, while Vermont finished the game 2-for-10.

The Black Bears will look to sweep the season series from the Catamounts when the two teams play the third and final game of the 2009-10 regular season on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7 PM at Gutterson Fieldhouse.