LOWELL, Mass. — Matt Mangene scored the game-winner on a power play late in the second period to give the University of Maine men’s hockey team a 2-1 victory over UMass-Lowell Saturday night at Tsongas Arena.

Kyle Beattie assisted on the score, and also had a goal of his own.

Maine, which dropped a 4-3 decision to Providence on Friday is now 17-9-3, 12-8-2 in Hockey East.

The Black Bears had entered the game tied for ninth in the national Pairwise rankings, which is based on record and strength of schedule.

UMass-Lowell, now 19-8-0, 14-7-0, is in first place in the league and is also ranked first in the Pairwise.

UMass-Lowell had the territorial advantage in the first period, out-shooting Maine 14-6, but it was the Black Bears who took a 1-0 lead.

Beattie stole a puck at the River Hawks blue line and and brought it just inside the right circle. With teammate Adam Shemansky alone outside the crease, River Hawks goalie Doug Carr had two concerns. Beattie shot it by him at 16:45.

In the second period, UMass-Lowell tied it at 15:22 on Colin Wright’s goal.

But the Black Bears re-took the lead, 2-1, on Mangene’s power-play goal at 18:37. Magene one-timed a perfect crossing pass from Beattie.

The Black Bears return to Orono to play eighth-place Massachusetts in two games next weekend at Alfond Arena. Maine tied the Minutemen in a November game in Amherst, and then beat UMass 5-2 in a December tournament.


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