Rensselaer Drops Friendship Four Consolation to Maine

Rensselaer Drops Friendship Four Consolation to Maine

BELFAST, Northern Ireland - Sophomore Mitchell Fossier netted the eventual game-winner early in the third period to lead the University of Maine men's hockey team to a 4-2 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), on Saturday afternoon in the Consolation Game of the 2017 Friendship Four at SSE Arena. With the win, the Black Bears improve to 5-8-0 overall, while the Engineers drop to 2-9-3.

Junior Brendan Robbins (Nashua, NH/Nashua High North) opened the scoring at 13:56 of the first period, flipping a backhanded shot over the right shoulder of RPI freshman netminder Linden Marshall (Victoria, BC/Trail Smoke Eaters) for his third goal of the season. Senior Canon Pieper (Roseville, MN/Quinnipiac University) claimed a loose puck in the neutral zone and sprung Robbin on a partial breakaway.

The Engineers answered with just 11.4 seconds left in the frame, when freshman Troy York (Plano, TX/Lone Star Brahmas) picked out the top right corner of the net from inside the left circle. Helpers on the power play tally - York's third of the season - went to sophomore Todd Burgess (Phoenix, AZ/Fairbanks Ice Dogs) and junior Brady Wiffen (St. Mary's, ON/Trenton Golden Hawks).

Maine senior Nolan Vesey (North Reading, MA/South Shore Kings) netted the only goal of the second period, 1:41 into the frame. Sophomores Tim Doherty (Portsmouth, RI/Boston Jr. Bruins) and Patrick Shea (Marshfield, MA/Kimball Union Academy) the assists on Vesey's third on the year.

Fossier (Alpharetta, GA/Sioux City Musketeers) made it 3-1 only 35 seconds into the final staza, tipping home a point shot from classmate Patrick Holway (Cohasset, MA/Dubuque Fighting Saints). A secondary assist went to freshman Eduards Tralmaks (Riga, Latvia/Chicago Steel).

RPI pulled one back at 4:53 to make it a 3-2 game. Sophomore Jacob Hayhurst (Missassauga, ON/Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) took a cross-ice feed from freshman Emil Ohrvall (Halmstad, Sweden/Waterloo Black Hawks) and made a move in between the circles, before snapping a shot past Maine freshman goalie Jeremy Swayman (Anchorage, Ak/Sioux Falls Stampede) for his fifth goal of the season.

Doherty added an empty-netter at 19:18 to secure the win.

Swayman (4-3-0) finished with 18 saves, while Marshall (1-4-1) had 23 stops at the other end of the ice. RPI went 1 for 5 on the power play, while Maine was 0 for 2.

RPI is back on the ice next weekend, when it hosts Yale and Brown on Friday (7pm) and Saturday (7pm), respectively. Maine hosts Vermont on Friday (7pm) and Saturday (5pm).