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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Maine shuts out Providence 5 - 0 Saturday.

 Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec) made a career high 32 saves as he shut out the Providence Friars on Saturday night en route to his first career win. The Black Bears broke the game open with three goals in the first 10 minute of the third period. Maine moves to 7-3-4 on the season and 5-2-2 in Hockey East play, while Providence falls to 6-6-4 overall and 3-4-4 in conference play.

Maine took a 1-0 lead at 12:16 of the opening period. Mike Cornell (Franklin, Mass.) sent the puck to Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) in the right corner. Nyquist then passed to Joey Diamond (Long Beach, N.Y.) who was on the left post of the goal. Friar goalie Alex Beaudry went to his right to play the puck as Diamond skated through the goal line. Without an angle at the net, Diamond shot the puck towards the goal and it went in off a Providence defender, giving Maine a 1-0 lead. For Diamond, it was his eighth goal of the season and second of the weekend.

Maine extended its lead to 2-0 at 17:02 of the second period. Josh Van Dyk (Woodstock, Ontario) carried the puck out of the defensive zone and got it to Brian Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.) in the neutral zone. Seeing Spencer Abbott (Hamilton, Ontario), but knowing he did not have a lane to pass, Flynn flicked the puck over the Providence defenders to Abbott. Abbott carried the puck in on Beaudry and beat him stick side for his 11th goal of the season.

The Black Bears made it 3-0 just 38 seconds into the third period when Nyquist scored his fifth goal of the season. Tanner House (Cochrane, Alberta) passed to Nyquist who was rushing the net. Nyquist was able to redirect the puck into the goal. Diamond also picked up an assist on the goal.

Brian Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.) gave Maine a 4-0 lead when he fired a shot past Beaudry from the left face-off circle at 5:55 of the third period. The play was set up by Abbott, who got the puck to Flynn. For Flynn, it was his fifth goal of the season.

Kyle Beattie (Avondale, Ariz.) extended Maine's lead to 5-0 at 8:12 of the third when he received a pass from Matt Mangene (Manorville, N.Y.) and rifled the puck past Beaudry from the slot. For Beattie, it was his third goal of the season.

Ouellette was outstanding, stopping all 32 shots that he faced. He moves to 1-0-1 on the season. Beaudry made 23 saves for the Friars in 49:55. He falls to 5-6-4. Justin Gates made five saves in 10:05.

Maine returns to action on Friday, Dec. 10 when it hosts arch-rival New Hampshire at 7:30 PM at Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine. Tickets remain for the game and can be purchased by calling the Maine ticket office at 207-581-BEAR or 1-800-756-TEAM.

- University of Maine -


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