BOSTON — The University of Maine men’s ice hockey team exploded for six goals and extended its winning streak to three games with a 6-2 win over Northeastern on Friday night at Matthews. The Black Bears improve to 4-5-0 on the season with the victory and improve to 3-2-0 in Hockey East play. The Huskies fall to 3-5-0 overall and 1-4-0 in conference play.

The Black Bears took a 1-0 lead at 17:40 of the first period. Kyle Beattie began the play and got the puck to Matt Mangene Mangene had his shot saved by Northeastern goalie Chris Rawlings, but the rebound went right to Adam Shemansky, who was just in front of the goal. Shemansky was able to put the puck over the stick of Rawlings for his team-leading sixth goal of the season. The Black Bears, who outshot Northeastern 11-9 in the first period, took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

The Black Bears extended their lead to 2-0 early in the second period. Brian Flynn got the puck to Shemansky who skated around the back of the net, holding the puck. He attempted to wrap the puck around, but instead, spotted Spencer Abbott alone in the left face-off circle. Shemansky made a crisp pass to Abbott, who one-timed the puck past Rawlings for his third goal of the season.

The Black Bears pushed their lead to 3-0 at 12:11 of the second period with a power play goal. Robby Dee collected the puck and got it to Will O’Neill, who skated down the slot and beat Rawlings with a shot that went over his stick. For O’Neill, it was his third goal of the season. Flynn also assisted on the goal for the Black Bears.

Maine made is a 4-0 lead late in the second period. Josh Van Dyk gained control of the puck in the Maine zone. He then found Mike Banwell, who was just exiting the penalty box, in the neutral zone. Banwell skated in on a breakaway. His wrist shot beat Rawlings with just 16 seconds remaining in the second period. For Banwell, it was his first goal of the season.

Maine held a 20-15 edge in shots after two periods of play.

Dee gave the Black Bears a 5-0 lead just 2:21 into the third period with a power play goal. Van Dyk had the initial shot and Mangene was able to control the rebound and get the puck to Dee, who stuffed it past Rawlings for his second goal of the season.

The Huskies got on the scoreboard at 6:30 of the third period. The rebound of a Northeastern shot came right to Justin Daniels, who was able to beat Maine goalie Scott Darling. Drew Ellement and Dylan Wiwchar each assisted on the goal.

Maine’s Kyle Solomon notched his first career goal and it came shorthanded at 10:24 of the third period. He skated down the left side and beat Rawlings. Mangene and Jeff Dimmen each assisted on the goal for the Black Bears. For Mangene, it was his third assist of the game.

Northeastern scored a power play goal at 12:43 of the by Steve Silva to make it a 6-2 score.

Maine goalie Scott Darling made 21 saves in goal. He improves to 4-1-0 on the season. Chris Rawlings stopped 20 shots in 50:24. Bryan Mountain was not forced to make a save in 9:22.

Maine outshot Northeastern 26-23 in the game. The Black Bears finished 2-for-6 on the power play, while the Huskies were 1-for-6.

The Black Bears return to the action on Saturday, Nov. 14 when they face Northeastern for the second game of the series. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 pm.

Men’s basketball

Maine 76, Fordham 73

NEW YORK (AP) — Gerald McLemore scored 26 points to lead Maine to a 76-73 win over Fordham in the season opener for both teams on Friday night.

McLemore shot 7-for-16 from the field, with all of his baskets coming from behind the 3-point arc. He also added eight rebounds for the Black Bears. Terrance Mitchell scored 21 points for Maine.

The Black Bears took a 75-66 lead on a free throw by Mitchell with 2:13 remaining in the game.

But Fordham ended the game on a 7-1 run, and a layup from Fordham’s Jio Fontan finished the scoring with 45 seconds left. The Rams held possession at the end with one final chance to tie on a 3-pointer, but Fontan missed a long-distance shot with 4 seconds left on the clock.

Fontan led Fordham with 25 points and five assists. Brenton Butler added 18 points, and Chris Gaston chipped in with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

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