DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team fell to the University of Maine 3-2 in overtime at the Whittemore Center in front of a sold out crowd Sunday night. Maine's Lucas Lawson beat Wildcat netminder Mike Ayers (Hingham, Mass.) with 6.8 seconds remaining in the extra session to give the Black Bears the win, improving their record to 11-2-3 in Hockey East, while New Hampshire falls to 12-4-1.
New Hampshire (18-6-3 overall) got on the scoreboard at 1:12 of the opening frame when senior assistant captain and Hobey Baker candidate Lanny Gare (Vernon, B.C.) scored his 17th of season when he sent as laser in-between the legs of Maine goaltender Jim Howard. Senior assistant captain Colin Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) and Mike Lubesnick (Northbrook, Ill.) were credited with assists.
Maine battled back scoring on its first shot at 3:56. Derek Dawson potted his sixth goal of the year while Martin Karyia and Chris Heisten had the assists. The Black Bears (21-3-4) would take a one-goal lead 2-1, at 19:53 of the first period when Tom Reimann beat Ayers. Colin Shields had the lone assist. After a scoreless second period, UNH knotted the game at 2-2. Senior Josh Prudden (Andover, Mass.) was sent in to the Maine zone alone by a pass from senior Jim Abbott (Mars, Pa.) to tie the game at 13:52 of the third frame.
Ayers made 35 saves in the loss dropping his record to 17-6-3, while Howard made 29 stops improving his record to 13-2-0.
The Wildcats will be back in action next Sunday, February 9, to take on the Friars of Providence College at Schiender Arena. The puck drops at 4 p.m.