ORONO – Goalie Ben Bishop collected the first shutout of his career with a 3-0 victory over Providence on Friday.

Behind the play of Bishop, 30 saves, the Black Bears (9-3-1, 4-3-1) snapped a three-game losing streak. Along with Bishop’s record night, Maine received a boost from an assortment of lineup changes.

The biggest of the tallies came at 9:49 of the second period when Billy Ryan found an open Mike Hamilton under the far face-off dot. Hamilton proceeded to the slip puck by Providence (4-10-1, 3-6-1) goalie Tyler Sims to give Maine a strong 2-0 advantage.

Maine opened the scoring just seven minutes early at 16:16 of the second period when Brent Shepheard sent home a score off a wrap around tally.

Defenseman Matt Duffy concluded the scoring late in the third period with a low point shot.

Bowdoin 2, Skidmore 2

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Bowdoin outshot Skidmore College 42-31, but failed to notch the clincher as the Polar Bears skated to a 2-2 draw in men’s ice hockey action Friday evening.

After a scoreless first period, the Polar Bears (3-0-1) built a two-goal lead in the second. James Gadon notched his first goal of the season just 3:06 into the stanza. First-year Mike Corbelle continued his hot play, scoring his third tally of the season late in the frame.

Castleton 3, Colby 1

CASTLETON, Vt. – Ryan Bartlett scored a goal and an assist as Castleton State garnered a 3-1 victory over Colby in men’s hockey action Friday.

The Badgers scored just 1:27 into the game and never trailed. Bartlett converted a relay from Steve Culbertson for the first tally, while Ross Carmichael added the eventual game-winning goal on the power play at 6:15 of the opening period.

USM 2, Middlebury 0

GORHAM – Senior goalie David Beckles stopped 19 shots and the University of Southern Maine used a pair of power-play goals to defeat Middlebury Collge 2-0 in an ECAC East-NESCAC inter-league game Friday.

The game was halted 8:01 of the third period when the power was knocked out by a thunderstorm passing through the area. After a 30-minute delay, the game was called.

Southern Maine got the only goal of the opening period at 13:19 when junior Mike Stevens’ shot from the blue line was redirected by senior Bobby Siers for his first goal of the season. Senior Mark Carragher added a power-play goal early in the second period.

Women’s basketball

UMA 62, Unity 48

AUGUSTA – Freshman guard Natalie Nimon scored 16 points to lift the University of Maine at Augusta to a 62-48 victory over Unity in women’s basketball action Friday.

The Moose (3-7) jumped out to a quick start and built an overwhelming lead early to take a 41-21 margin into the break. Freshman center Aleigh Mills contributed 14 points on five field goals and four free throws.

The Rams (0-7) came out charging in the second half, cutting the 20-point deficit in half. But the Moose made a stand and prevented Unity from getting any closer.

UNE 59, Thomas 56

BIDDEFORD – Sara Pelkey registered a team-high 12 points and seven rebounds in a balanced attack as the University of New England took a 59-56 win from Thomas College in women’s basketball action Friday.

After junior Kate Bailey converted a 3-point field goal with just under five minutes remaining to put the Nor’easters (2-2) up by 15, Thomas rallied behind the long distance shooting of senior Kim Drosdik of Farmington.

Drosdik nailed three treys over the next four minutes, her third capping a 15-2 run to draw the Terriers (0-4) to within two (58-56) with 54 seconds on the clock. But a 3-point attempt with seven seconds remaining came up empty.

St. Joe’s 66, UMPI 49

STANDISH – Carolyn Freeman led the way for St. Joseph’s with her first intercollegiate double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds) as the Monks defeated the University of Maine at Presque Isle 66-49 in Game 1 of the Merry Monk Classic.

Junior captain Megan Farrell and sophomore Megan Willette turned in strong performances for the Monks (3-2) with 11 points apiece.

Norwich 68, Bates 56

NORWICH, Vt. – Kayleigh Shappy scored 20 points and Caitlyn Bailey added a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds as Norwich University topped Bates College 68-56 in women’s basketball action Friday.

The Cadets (5-0) led by as many as eight points in the first half before the Bobcats (3-2) cut it to 35-32 at the break. Norwich extended the lead in the second half before allowing the Bobcats to close in for one last tease. The Cadets closed the game on a 19-8 run.

Junior Matia Kostakis led five Bobcats in double figures with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Men’s basketball

UMA 84, Unity 66

AUGUSTA – Sophomore guard Deon Cheers drained an impressive 29 points to power the University of Maine at Augusta to an 84-66 triumph over Unity in men’s basketball action Friday.

The Moose (3-3) played even in the first half with sophomore guard Andrew Rogers hitting a bucket at the buzzer for a 39-38 lead at intermission.

The Augusta squad opened the second half with a 12-2 run and cruised the rest of the way, while freshman forward Tyler Norris added 17 points.

Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.