University of Maine men's ice hockey coach Ben Barr at practice on Sept. 21, 2022, at Alfond Arena. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

The University of Maine men’s hockey team’s four-game winning streak came to a screeching halt on Friday night as the Colgate University Raiders scored three goals in 5:57 in the second period to post a 5-2 victory over the Black Bears.

The Raiders are now 9-9-1 while UMaine fell to 6-9-1.

The two teams will conclude their series on Saturday at 4 p.m.

UMaine was without starting goalie Victor Osman, who had allowed only three goals during the winning streak and was out sick. Clarkson transfer Jacob Mucitelli got his first start for the Black Bears since he allowed three goals on 18 shots in a 4-1 loss to Northeastern on Oct. 29.

Sebastian Tamburro broke a 2-2 tie by swatting home a rebound at the 10:06 mark of the second period. It was his first career goal.

Simon Labelle and Tommy Bergsland assisted on the goal that proved to be the game-winner.

Ross Mitton scored his fourth of the season at the 14:56 mark off a two-on-one rush. Alex DiPaolo and Arnaud Vachon assisted.

Vachon added a power play goal just 1:07 later with Matt Verboon and Nick Anderson earning assists.

It was Vachon’s first of the season.

Neither team scored in the third period.

Nolan Renwick opened the scoring on the power play for the Black Bears at the 5:45 mark of the first period with Ben Poisson and Lynden Breen notching assists. It was Renwick’s fourth goal of the season.

But Alex Young, who had a hat trick in Colgate’s last game — a 6-4 win over Harvard — tied it up with an even-strength goal 4:21 later off a two-on-one, and then he gave the Raiders the lead on the power play at the 13:51 mark by snapping the puck past Mucitelli.

Verboon assisted on both goals, and DiPaolo had one on the first goal.

Freshman defenseman Brandon Holt tied it for UMaine in the second period with a slap shot from the near side face-off dot off a pass from Didrik Henbrant. Brandon Chabrier also assisted on the goal.

Carter Gylander finished with 23 saves for Colgate, and Mucitelli had 10 on 15 shots through two periods for UMaine before Connor Androlewicz came on to start the third period and stopped all five shots he faced.

Colgate went 2-for-6 on the power play, and UMaine went 1-for-3.

“They outworked us and that hasn’t happened much this season,” said UMaine head coach Ben Barr. “This was our worst game of the season, effort-wise.”

Barr added that the team’s time off contributed to its loss.

“It all starts with me. I let them have two weeks off to go home and I should have kept them around a few more days and had a few skill sessions,” Barr said. “We only had two or three guys show up [and play well] tonight.”

He said the absence of Ostman didn’t help. Ostman’s 1.94 goals-against average is eighth best in the country among goalies from the 60 Division 1 programs.

“Allowing five goals on 15 shots isn’t what you’re looking for [from your starting goalie],” Barr said.