The University of Alabama in Huntsville hockey team looked destined for another victory over a ranked opponent as it held a commanding 3-0 lead after 40 minutes, but the 15th-ranked Black Bears were able to score four unanswered, ultimately winning 4-3 in overtime. The Chargers fall to 2-25-1 while Maine improves to 15-8-3.
Stu Higgins scored 59 seconds into the extra session to produce the victory for his squad.
Much earlier in the game, however, it was the Chargers that controlled play, making three of their nine shots through the first two periods count to build up the large margin.
The scoring was started by freshman Kyle Lysaght who scored his team-best seventh goal of the season at 11:29 of the opening period, and UAH quickly went on top 2-0 after Mac Roy scored unassisted at 13:14.
Roy joined Justin Cseter in assisting on Lysaght's strike.
Clarke Saunders turned away all 15 shots Maine threw his way in the first, and the Blue and White enjoyed a 2-0 advantage despite being outshot 15-3 in the frame.
The score remained 2-0 until the second period was growing old, and the trio combined again for the score. Roy recorded the team's first three-point night of the season as he joined Lysaght in helping out on Cseter's fourth goal of the year.
The comeback started early in the third as Maine's Spencer Abbott helped his team notch its first power-play goal in six opportunities on the night, and Andrew Cerretani notched his first of the year at 9:34 to lay the groundwork for the late-game dramatics.
With Dan Sullivan pulled for the extra attacker, Abbott scored at 19:14 to give the Black Bears the opportunity for the overtime victory.
For the contest, Sullivan stopped just eight shots while Saunders made 34 saves in picking up the tough loss.
The two teams will meet again Saturday at 7 p.m.