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Final: UConn Wins Game 2 at Maine

UConn finished the first period strong and rode it to a victory.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

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First Period:

0:00- and the game is on! Adam Huska is in goal with Derek Pratt and Miles Gendron in front of him. Last night’s best three, Spencer Naas, Bejmamin Freeman and Kasperi Ojantakanen, will start up front.

10:03- Corey Ronan will get called for hooking and Maine gets the first power play of the day. They went 1-for-5 last game.

14:58- UConn has the first lead of their young season! Miles Gendron’s shot from the center point got blocked and Derek Pratt put it behind the out-of-position Jeremy Swayman for a 1-0 game.

17:24- Patrick Shea goes for hooking. Huskies were 1-for-6 yesterday.

17:45- goal! Again, it was Gendron with the initial shot. Swayman saved it, but Alexander Payusov was there to put the puck in the net from the right side of the crease. 2-0 Huskies!

19:42- tripping called on Alexander Payusov. Maine is 0-for-1 today.

20:00- The Huskies had a really solid period. They lead 15-to-11 in shots as well as 2-0 where it counts. Maine had a couple early chances where Huska was forced to make saves, but UConn carried the play for most of the period and it shows in the face-off stats as well. UConn was up 17-to-8 in victories on draws and used it to hold possession for much of the period.

Second Period:

4:30- Emil Westurland called on a hook. UConn looks to extend their lead.

6:10- Maxim Letunov scores! The puck fell to Johnny Austin, who was robbed by a Maine defenseman playing goaltender, but Letunov was able to find twine with his shot from below the right face-off dot. Austin has two assists now and Miles Gendron has three.

18:50- Mark Hamilton and Derek Pratt get matching penalties after a line scrum behind the Maine net.

20:00- The Huskies took a step back, especially through the middle-to-late stages after their third goal. The Black Bears really took it to them for much of the second period, but Adam Huska made the saves he had to make to keep the shutout going. The evidence shows in shot attempts, where UConn was bested 28-to-16 after it being mostly even through the first 20 minutes. If Maine gets more of those shots on Huska, it could be a different story.

Third Period:

1:12- Brendan Robbins beats Adam Huska high and to the stick side with a sick wrister. Spencer Naas to the box on the play for tripping.

1:38- Corey Ronan! He scores shorthanded right near the crease and it’s now 4-1. Good answer from the Huskies to quiet a momentum shift.

4:55- Cedric Lacroix called for elbowing and UConn goes on their third power play (2-for-2) of the game, up 4-1. A goal would go a long way to putting it away.

7:33- Adam Karashik goes to the box for high-sticking.

12:19- Maine pulled their goaltender down three. Unsure why but they did it.

17:50- after more than five minutes down a man, Karl El-Mir scores the empty-net goal and Jeremy Swayman will return to the net.

20:00- final. UConn salvages a point in a solid victory. The team really could have folded after Brendan Robbins’ goal and the ensuing power play, but Corey Ronan scored an effort goal and it was smooth sailing from then on out, adding another goal after spending more than 5:30 down a man.