Orono, Maine - Friday night at the Alfond Arena was the Devin Shore show. The Dallas Stars prospect had a goal and four assists as the Black Bears rolled past American International, 7-1.
The Black Bears dominated the game from beginning to end, outshooting AIC, 59-21.
"It was a very good night. He had a hand in the first four goals. It was a pretty special night for him. A few guys had good nights. Steven Swavely and Connor Leen did too," said first year Maine coach Red Gendron.
Steven Swavely scored the first of three goals in the first period for the Black Bears at the 8:01 mark. He picked up a loose puck to the side of the net and lifted it up over AIC goaltender Hunter Leisner after Connor Leen and Shore had cycled it down low.
Dan Renouf scored his first collegiate goal on a slap shot from the point at the 15:03 mark. Shore and Schurhamer picked up the assists.
"Shore gave me the puck at the point and I walked to the middle and I just fired it. It was kind of a seeing-eye shot," said Renouf.
"It feels good to get that first one out of the way especially in front of the home crowd," said the freshman blue liner from Pickering, Ontario.
With just 38 seconds to play in the opening period Schurhamer picked up a loose puck in the slot and deposited into the back of the net after a great individual effort by Shore came up empty.
Shore continued his mastery with a shorthanded goal 6:46 into the second period. He stole the puck away from Leisner and made a quick move before slipping the puck past the Yellow Jackets' goaltender.
AIC got on the board just a few seconds after a Maine penalty ended. The Yellow Jackets took advantage of Maine failing to get the puck in deep. AIC came down on Ouellette with numbers and Dan Clairmont finished off a nice feed from Chris Porter. Brandon Fagerheim picked up the other helper on the goal that was scored at the 10:03 mark of the second period.
Connor Leen regained the four-goal cushion for Maine 6:12 into the third period when he made a great tip of a Ben Hutton blast from the point. Steven Swavely started the sequence by getting it to the point after digging it loose from a scrum.
Mark Anthoine scored the second shorthanded goal of the night for the Black Bears when he and Swavely went in on a two-on-one at the 8:05 mark to make it 6-1.
Stu Higgins collected a loose puck in a scramble in the slot to put the finishing touches on the 7-1 victory. He spun around and snapped it home after retrieving the puck that was shot into the crowd by Hutton.
Maine and American International will meet again Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Alfond Arena to conclude the weekend series.
Jeff Cox covers college and junior hockey, NCAA recruiting, NHL Draft prospects and the AHL for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.