Maine Hockey Journal

Maine completes the sweep

Orono, ME– After getting swept at the Alfond Arena last weekend by Northeastern, the Maine Black Bears got some revenge as they swept the Niagare Purple Eagles. After the 4-2 victory on Friday night, the Black Bears put another four goals as they defeated Niagara 4-1. Chris Hahn had two powerplay goals, Jeff Dimmen had a powerplay goal, and Brian Flynn notched his first career goal. Simon Danis-Pepin had two assists. Scott Darling made 29 saves for second career win.

Gustav Nyquist had a great scoring chance to get the game going. The Black Bears went on the powerplay at the 2:19 mark of the first stanza. Maine tried to stuff it in but Juliano Pagliem made the stop for the Purple Eagles. The Purple Eagles crashed Scott Darling’s net and there was a meeting of the minds.. Ryan Hegarty blasted one wide.

Niagara applied pressure with 6:50 remaining. A Purple Eagle player crashed into Scott Darling’s net with four minutes left. With 2:10 remaining, the Black Bears had a great chance. At the 18:14 mark, Kevin Swallow went to the sin bin for hooking. Scott Darling made a save in the final seconds of the period.

The Black Bears went on the powerplay when Kevin Swallow stepped out of the box. Chris Hahn got the powerplay tally with Nyquist and Simon Danis-Pepin getting the helpers. Lem Randall went to the penalty box for roughing at the 1:48 mark. Niagara couldn’t get anything going on the powerplay.

Maine went back on the powerplay when Jim Burichin went off for holding at the 4:29 mark. Tanner House had Maine’s best chance early on. The Black Bears converted on their second powerplay when Jeff Dimmen blasted one past Pagliem. Winthrop native, Matt Duffy, had the lone assist at the 6:05 mark.

Burichin drilled a player near the penalty box. Niagara had a 2 on 1 with 8:09 remaining but Darling made the save. Scott Darling made another great save at the 6:16 mark. Maine went on the powerplay for the third time when Brian Dowd went off for holding the stick. Spencer Abbott had Maine’s best chance late in the man advantage. Niagara had a partial breakaway after the powerplay ended for the Black Bears but Darling held his ground.

Nyquist hit the post early in the third stanza for the Black Bears. Maine had another great chance but couldn’t convert. The Niagara Purple Eagles got on the board when Vince Rocco got one to trickle past Darling 62 seconds into the stanza. Tyler Gotto got the assist.

Maine went on the penalty kill when Jeff Marshall went off for holding at the 2:17 mark. The Purple Eagles hit the post twice on the powerplay. They went on a 5 on 3 powerplay when Matt Duffy went off for cross checking at the 3:43 mark. 10 seconds later Lem Randall went off for holding. 33 seconds later, Paul Zanette went off for tripping for Niagara. With open ice to play with, no one could convert.

Maine went on the man advantage with 10:48 remaining when Derek foam hooked Bangor native Nick Payson. The Black Bears converted their second powerplay goal of the night when Chris Hahn tipped in a Josh Van Dyk shot 36 seconds into the powerplay. Simon Danis-Pepin got the secondary assist.

With 7:10 remaining, Bryan Flynn picked the top corner to give the Black Bears the 4-1 leads. Tanner House contributed on the play. With 3:31 remaining, the Black Bears went back on the powerplay. Ryan Olidis went off for holding. Maine had no real chances on the man advantage. Ryan Hegarty went off in the final two minutes for the Black Bears.

Scott Darling made 29 saves as he only allowed one goal. Juliano Pagliem allowed four goals on 18 shots. Maine was 3 for six on the man advantage. Niagara was 0 for 5 on the powerplay.

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