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.


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