Nov. 1, 1997

Maine Downs Providence

ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine used excellent special teams play as the Black Bears converted on four of five power-play opportunities and notched one short-handed goal to defeat Providence College, 6-3, on Saturday, Nov. 1 in HOCKEY EAST action at Orono, Maine.

PC took a quick 1-0 lead as freshman Heath Gordon broke down the left side and slid a low shot under Maine netminder Bryan Masotta at 2:26 of the first period. After Jim Leger evened the game at 1-1 at the 6:09 mark of the first, Maine took a 3-1 lead on a power play goal by Dan Kerluke at 13:20 of the first and a short-handed tally by Shawn Wansborough with 4:18 remaining in the first period.

Wansborough struck again at 17:32 of the second period as he notched the Black Bears' second power-play goal of the game and increased Maine's lead to 4-1. However, the Friars battled back in the closing minutes of the second period with Nick Lent wristing in a rebound at 18:03 and Jon Cameron notching a power-play tally with 11 seconds remaining in the period to bring the Friars within one goal (4-3).

Maine held the advantage in the third period outshooting PC, 15-9, and tallying two goals to earn a 6-3 win. Steve Kariya and Cory Larose registered the final two goals of the game for Maine.

Masotta recorded 28 stops in the win. PC netminder Mark Kane registered a season-high 35 saves for the Friars.

With the win Maine raised its record to 4-1-1 overall, 2-0-0 in HOCKEY EAST action, while Providence dropped to 1-2-0 overall and 0-2-0 in league action.

Providence College will return to action on Friday, Nov. 7 against Minnesota-Duluth in Duluth, Minn.

Saturday, November 1, 1997
Alfond Arena, Orono, Maine

Providence College (1-2-0)  1   2   0   -- 3        8-16    1-5
Maine (4-1-0)               3   1   2   -- 6        8-16    4-5
Per Time    Tm  Goal Scorer  (Assists)
1   2:26    PC  Heath Gordon 1 (Jerry Keefe, Jay Leach)
1   6:09    M   Jim Leger 3 (Dan Kerluke, Matthias Trattnig)
1   13:20   M   Dan Kerluke 3 (Steve Kariya) PP
1   15:42   M   Shawn Wansborough 2 (unassisted) SH
2   17:32   M   Shawn Wansborough 3 (Dan Kerluke, David Cullen) PP
2   18:03   PC  Nick Lent 1 (J.J. Picinic, Nick Sinerate)
2   19:49   PC  Jon Cameron 1 (Fernando Pisani, Matt Libby) PP
3   7:31    M   Steve Kariya 8 (Shawn Wansborough, David Cullen) PP
3   9:04    M   Cory Larose 2 (Shawn Wansborough, Shawn Mansoff) PP
Bryan Mansotta (M)  12  7   9   --28    (60:00)
Mark Kane (PC)      11  11  13  --35    (60:00)
Attendance:  5,414 (Alfond Arena)

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