ORONO, Maine -- Niko Dimitrakos (Somerville, Mass.) scored a goal and added two assists to lead the University of Maine ice hockey team to a 6-3 victory over the University of New Hampshire in a Hockey East showdown Friday night at Alfond Arena. Maine improves to 16-7-4, 10-3-2 in Hockey East play while UNH falls to 19-5-2, 11-3-2 in conference play. The Black Bears scored four power play goals, while sophomore Todd Jackson (Cortland, N.Y.) dished out three assists.
Maine opened the scoring just 3:27 into the contest when Prestin Ryan (Arcola, Saskatchewan) scored a power play goal from Dimitrakos and Jackson. The Wildcats did not take long to answer as Joshua Prudden (Andover, Mass.) tallied just eight second later. UNH won the faceoff and Prudden shot a blast that beat UMaine keeper Mike Morrison (Medford, Mass.) over his shoulder. The Wildcats took a 2-1 lead when Colin Hemmingway (Surrey, British Columbia) beat Morrison with another long shot that found the top corner of the net for his 20th goal of the season. The Black Bears, who had not trailed after one period of play the past 30 games, saw that streak in serious jeopardy. Tom Reimann (Blaine, Minn.) scored with just 28 seconds remaining in the period to knot the game at 2-2.
David Busch (Toronto, Ontario) gave UNH a 3-2 lead at 1:58 of the second period with his 11th goal of the season. Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) and Steve Saviano (Reading, Mass.) added assists on the goal. Paul Falco (Weymouth, Mass.) scored his first collegiate goal to tie the game at 3-3 at 10:04. Ben Murphy (North Andover, Mass.) won the faceoff and made a great individual effort and before Falco tipped the puck in. After the goal, UNH goaltender Michael Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) was cut on the top of left wrist. Ayers left the game and was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center.
Martin Kariya (North Vancouver, British Columbia) scored the game-winning goal at 12:33 of the second period. Lucas Lawson (Braeside, Ontario) and Peter Metcalf (Pembroke, Ontario) dished out assists on the goal. Dimitrakos gave Maine a 5-3 with just 54 second remaining in the second period. With that goal, he moves into a tie for 32nd place on the all-time scoring list at UMaine with 110 career points. Lucas Lawson added a goal at 15:28 of the third period to make the final 6-3. Kariya and Colin Shields (Glasgow, Scotland) added assists on the goal.
Maine outshot New Hampshire 45-29 in the game, including 15-7 in the third period. Maine was 4-8 on the power play, while holding UNH scoreless in two power play chances. Mike Morrison made 26 saves in net and improves to 13-2-2 on the season. Tim Collins (Lebanon, N.H.) made 21 saves and falls to 0-1-0. Collins played 29:22 replacing Ayers who left with the injury. Ayers made 18 saves in 30:38 of play.
Maine and New Hampshire return to action tomorrow night (Saturday, February 2) at 7:00 p.m. at Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine.