The University of Vermont received early first-period goals 59 seconds apart from Alexx Privitera and Jonathan Turk and gave the University of Maine Black Bears a lesson on how to protect a lead in the third period en route to a 4-1 triumph that completed a weekend sweep on Saturday night in Burlington, Vermont.
Vermont had erased 2-0 and 3-2 deficits on Friday night to win 4-3 in overtime.
The 14th ranked Catamounts improved to 6-1-1 overall, 4-1-1 in Hockey East, while Maine fell to 3-6-1 and 2-2, respectively.
“We didn’t play well enough to win,” said Maine coach Red Gendron. “We made mistakes early, we tried to claw our way back in it, but it wasn’t enough.
“We keep making mistakes and they wind up in our net. Our guys don’t want to make mistakes but they do. And until we solve that, we won’t win,” he added.
Maine is 1-15-3 on the road since the beginning of last season.
It was the fifth consecutive win for Vermont over the Black Bears, and the Catamounts are 7-1-1 in their last nine meetings.
The teams will meet in Orono for a nonconference series on Nov. 28-29.
Mike Stenerson expanded the lead 1:31 into the second period before Connor Leen put the Black Bears on the board at the 12:07 mark.
Brady Shaw capped the scoring with an empty-net goal.
The Catamounts held the Black Bears to eight shots on goal over the final two periods including just two in the third period.
Privitera opened the scoring at the 5:04 mark on the power play.
Brendan Bradley won a faceoff to him back at the point, and his shot glanced off Maine goalie Sean Romeo and trickled behind the goalie. Jake Fallon also assisted on the goal.
Turk made it 2-0 when he raced to the front of the net unchallenged and flipped a Jarrid Privitera pass behind Romeo.
Bradley and Kevin Irwin teamed up to assist on the Stenerson goal as he scored his second goal in as many nights.
He scored the game-winner on Friday night.
Leen got one back at the 12:07 mark by taking a pass from Eric Schurhamer and breaking down the wing before tucking a backhander past Brody Hoffman on the short side.
Romeo also earned an assist on Leen’s goal.
It was Leen’s second goal in two nights.
“They took it to us,” said Leen. “You never want to fall behind by three on the road, especially here. We didn’t stick to our game plan and it hurt us. We didn’t chip the puck and use the ice behind their defensemen.
“Vermont has a pretty resilient team,” he added. “They have four lines, and they all move their feet. We move our feet, too, when we’re playing well. We know we have a lot of work ahead of us.”
Hoffman wound up with 17 saves for the Catamounts, while Romeo had 27 for the Black Bears.
Maine will host Boston University on Friday night, and the members of the Black Bears’ 1999 NCAA championship team will be honored.