ORONO, Maine —- The University of Maine men’s hockey team again rallied in the third period but there was no happy ending this time. Sophomore left wing Craig Martin’s goal 1:15 into the extra period gave Quinnipiac University a 3-2 victory at Alfond Arena in Saturday night.
Quinnipiac had the better of the play in the first period thanks to four power-play opportunities and the Bobcats took a 2-0 lead on late goals 1:26 apart by Tommy Schutt and Tim Clifton.
Blaine Byron’s second-period, power-play goal cut the lead in half and Nolan Vesey tied it with 4:23 remaining in regulation.
The game-winner came about after the Bobcats pounced on a loose puck in the neutral zone when Patrick Shea had the puck glance off his stick and the skate of linemate Cam Brown.
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Clifton took a shot from the slot that was saved by UMaine goalie Rob McGovern but the puck pinballed around and eventually trickled across to the far post where Martin jammed it home.
UMaine is now 3-1 while the third-ranked Bobcats improved to 2-1-1.
Quinnipiac goalie Andrew Shortridge, making his college debut, made 20 saves while McGovern turned aside 30 shots.
Clifton’s goal came on the power play as UMaine’s Rob Michel was assessed a roughing penalty during the aftermath after Schutt scored.
Schutt scored with 2:30 left in the period.
The Bobcats won an offensive zone faceoff and were able to sustain a forecheck that led to a wild flurry. T.J. Tiefenwerth took a shot and the rebound spilled to the high slot where Schutt wristed a 20-footer past McGovern.
Michel then went to the penalty box and Clifton capitalized by converting a rebound.
Brogan Rafferty took a shot from the right point that McGovern kicked out.
The puck slid across to the left circle and Clifton’s one-timer slipped between McGovern’s pads.
UMaine freshman Ryan Smith nearly pulled the Black Bears within one in the final minute of the period while the Black Bears were again shorthanded.
Cedric Lacroix busted down the left wing and fired a shot from the top of the left circle that rebounded to Smith, whose shot hit the crossbar.
Byron scored his goal off a precise pass from Brown as he was behind Shortridge and slid the puck into the empty net.
McGovern made several great saves in the second and third periods to keep UMaine within one and Vesey tied it when Patrick Holway got the puck to the net front and he swept it home.