2017 file photo of UMaine hockey player Mitch Fossier Credit: Courtesy of UMaine Athletics

If University of Maine junior Mitch Fossier was a defenseman, his stat line would make perfect sense: 22 games, 1 goal, 19 assists.

“But I’m not [a defenseman],” said Fossier, the left wing on the top line for the Black Bear men’s hockey team with junior center Chase Pearson and sophomore right wing Eduards Tralmaks.

Even though he has just one goal after scoring a team-high 12 last year, his 19 assists are tied for sixth in the country. Four of those 19 assists have come on game-winning goals for 8-11-3 UMaine, which hosts the nation’s No. 2-ranked team, the University of Massachusetts (18-4) on Friday and Saturday nights.

UMaine is 4-5-3 in Hockey East, while league leader UMass is 10-2.

Fossier, a native of Alpharetta, Georgia, and dynamic UMass sophomore defenseman Cale Makar share the league lead in assists.

“Obviously he wishes he had scored more goals, but the bottom line is he has been a very positive and productive player for us,” UMaine head coach Red Gendron said.

Fossier’s performance in Monday’s 4-4 tie with New Hampshire epitomized his season. He had two assists but rang a slap shot off the crossbar and had the puck roll over his stick on a breakaway after he appeared to have UNH goalie Mike Robinson beaten.

“It’s kind of weird. Sometimes the puck goes in for you and sometimes it doesn’t,” said Fossier, who is an alternate captain.

“For whatever reason, that seems to be the theme for me personally this season. But it is what it is. I try not to pay too much attention to it.”

Fossier, who has registered 21 goals and 49 assists in 86 career games, said he hasn’t let his goal drought impact the rest of his game.

“Any time you are put into a position where you’re expected to score goals and they don’t go in, it’s kind of frustrating,” Fossier said.

“You can’t let your demeanor change depending on if the puck is going in or not. As long as you’re getting chances and getting into the [scoring] areas and making stuff happen, that’s the main concern.”

Pearson, a co-captain, is UMaine’s leading scorer with 12 goals and 9 assists. He chalks it up to a lack of puck luck.

“It happens, look at me last year. I didn’t score a goal until Christmas time. But I was generating assists,” Pearson said.

“He’s not having a down year, the puck’s just not going in for him right now,” he said. “He’s a hard worker, he sticks around after practice and once a couple go in for him, things will start to open up.”

Fossier would love to erupt this weekend against a talented UMass team.

“I like the way our team has played the last two games. We’ve been more aggressive and heavier on the puck,” Fossier said. “Any time you can get the No. 2 team in the country to come into your home building, especially here at the Alfond [Arena], it’s going to be a lot of fun.”