Bittner nets hat trick, leads New Hampshire to 3-0 win over Maine

Brett Bittner lifted New Hampshire to a 3-0 victory with a hat trick against Maine.

Bittner got on the scoresheet 8:08 into the second period. He then added goals at 17:16 into the second and at 7:53 into the third.

New Hampshire racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with eight minors and two majors for 26 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 15.0 minutes per game New Hampshire had been spending in the box. New Hampshire stifled Maine\’s power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. New Hampshire forced Maine goalie Lucas Osborne to work between the pipes, taking 41 shots.

In addition, New Hampshire received assists from Frederic Pugin, who had two and Ryan Dunfield, Alex Peddle, and Mike Callaghan, who each chipped in one.

Maine was often in penalty trouble, totaling 14 minors and two majors for 38 minutes in penalty time. Maine surpassed its season average of 15.0 penalty minutes per game. Maine did not reach the goal total it has come to expect this season. Maine puts an average of 3.1 pucks into the net per game.

Claes Endre recorded 19 saves for New Hampshire. New Hampshire registered two goals on nine power play opportunities. Lucas Osborne made 38 saves for Maine on 41 shots. Maine registered zero goals on three power play opportunities.