“UNB Class Act” – Red Gendron, Maine Black Bears

“UNB Class Act”  – Red Gendron, Maine Black Bears

ORONO, Maine – Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) scored 19 seconds into overtime to give the University of Maine men's ice hockey team to a 4-3 win over the University of New Brunswick in college hockey action on Tuesday night.

UNB was whistled for a penalty late in regulation, which carried over to the overtime period. Josh Henke (Trenton, Mich.) got the puck to Brice O'Connor (Londonderry, N.H.) just seconds into the extra frame. He passed to Shore who fired a shot past Varsity Reds goalie Joel Vienneau (Hearst, ON).

The V-Reds got a fast start to the game, scoring three first period goals. Thomas Nesbit (Ottawa, ON) had a pair in the first 10 minutes, while Ben Duffy (Lower Sackville) added one at 17:01, to give the Varsity Reds a 3-0 lead after one period of play.

Maine got on the board with a goal by rookie Brady Campbell (Blenheim, Ontario) 4:14 into the second period. He received a pass from Bill Norman (Stockholm, Sweden), skated into the slot and wristed the shot into the back of the goal.

The Black Bears added a power play goal by Stu Higgins (Troy, Mich.) at 7:51 of the second period from O'Connor and Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario) to pull to within a goal at 3-2.

Maine tied the game at 13:53 of the third period when Connor Leen (Chester, N.Y.) fed Ryan Lomberg (Richmond Hill, Ontario) who promptly deposited the puck into the back of the goal to knot the game at 3-3. Eric Schurhamer (St. Paul, Minn.) also assisted on the goal by Lomberg.

Maine goalie Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec) got the start for the Black Bears and made 14 saves in 29:53. Dan Sullivan (York, Pa.) made nine saves in the final 30:26.

Charles Lavigne (Vankeek Hill, ON) made 10 saves over the first 29:53 for the Varsity Reds. Vienneau made 10 saves in the final 30:26.

UNB outshot Maine 26-24 in the game. The Black Bears were 2-for-6 on the power play, while UNB was scoreless in one opportunity.

Last night Red Gendron, the new Maine coach this season, was asked if Gardiner had been twisting his arm yet to go to Fredericton. Here's his response:

"He's mentioned it. First of all, I think the world of Gardiner MacDougall, and I think the world of the program that he runs up there. He's a class act. I've been to Freddy Beach as we used to call it when I coached in the American [Hockey] League and you know it's a great hockey town. If we could ever make it work I would have no problem taking the Maine Black Bears up to Fredericton, but, you know for us, that's down on the list of priorities. Not because I don't want to do it, not because it wouldn't be a good thing for my program or Gardiner's, it's just with the issues I have to deal with here. I always loved playing against UNB. We did it once when I was at UMass. I've known Gardiner for a while. It's nice to play hockey against people who are class acts. That's what UNB is. "

Photo: Haley Johnston

Story: UMO Sports Information – quote added by UNB Sports Information.