ORONO, Maine — College of Maine freshman proper wing Bradly Nadeau had a memorable Alfond Area debut on Thursday evening.
The primary spherical draft decide of the Nationwide Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes and the thirtieth general choice scored a pair of objectives and added an help because the Black Bears earned a victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in a mutual season-opener.
The groups will play once more on Friday evening at 7 p.m.
Nadeau scored an even-strength purpose early within the second interval to tie it and an influence play purpose halfway by means of the interval to provide UMaine with a lead it will by no means relinquish.
UMaine outshot RPI 57-13 in a dominating efficiency.
Victor Ostman made 12 saves, and Jack Watson had 53 for RPI.
UMaine broke the sport open with objectives by Lynden Breen and Nolan Renwick within the first minute of the third interval.
The Black Bears fell behind 1-0 on an influence play purpose by C.J Pegula.
It appeared as if Nadeau was going to finish a hat trick with 2.2 seconds left within the center interval on the facility play when he fired a one-timer into the online from the left faceoff circle.
However the purpose was overturned after RPI coach Dave Smith insisted appropriately that early within the energy play a UMaine shot was deflected into the netting above the plexiglass.
That may routinely end in a stoppage of play.
However UMaine capitalized on the carryover energy play within the third interval when Josh Nadeau, Bradly’s brother, scooted down the suitable wing, fended off an RPI defenseman along with his left hand and shoveled a one-handed move to the far put up the place Breen chipped it into the online.
Simply 29 seconds later, Ben Poisson discovered Renwick within the excessive slot because the trailer on a three-on-one rush and Renwick snapped a wrist shot previous goalie Watson’s glove.
Nadeau tied the sport 1:19 into the second interval off a Grayson Arnott rebound.
Arnott’s shot from the suitable level deflected over to Nadeau on the far put up, and he shoveled it into the online from 10 toes out after kicking it over to his stick from his left skate.
Breen additionally picked up an help on the purpose.
He made it 2-1 on the 8:01 mark.
Breen handed the puck throughout to Thomas Freel to the left of Watson and Freel’s cross-ice move deflected to Nadeau, who roofed it into the quick facet earlier than Watson may get throughout.
The sport didn’t get off to the beginning the Black Bears needed.
RPI went on the facility play simply 1:01 into the sport and Regula capitalized on the 2:40 mark.
The Engineers skated into the offensive zone and Sutter Muzzatti despatched an ideal move from the left wing boards to Regula, who was on their own within the excessive slot.
With no Black Bears on that facet of the ice, Regula had time to take just a few strides and snap a 20-foot wrist shot over Victor Ostman’s blocker facet shoulder.
The Black Bears started carrying the play halfway by means of the interval and saved the Engineers pinned in their very own finish for some lengthy stretches.
The Black Bears had quite a lot of good probabilities, however Watson was equal to the duty, and his mates blocked 4 photographs in entrance of him.