Maine Hockey Journal

Black Bears win again

Providence, RI– After a slow start to the season, the Maine Black Bears are rolling. After sweeping Niagara and the upset victory over Boston College; they defeated the Providence Friars 3-2. This was game one of a two games series. Gustav Nyquist, Kevin Swallow, and Jeff Dimmen were the Black Bear goal scorers. Scott Darling made 35 saves in the victory.

The Friars peppered freshman goaltender Scott Darling early on in the first stanza. The Black Bears went on the penalty kill at the 8:53 mark. Lem Randall sat for two minutes for tripping. Providence were only able to grab two shots on the man advantage.

Matt Taormina got called for tripping with 8:41. The Maine Black Bears took advantage of the powerplay. Freshman Gustav Nyquist got the Black Bears on the board first with 7:01 to go. Simon Danis-Pepin and Chris Hahn got the helpers.

Maine got a penalty early on in the second. Kyle Solomon went to the sin bin for interference 3:43 into the second frame. The Friars had a few chances on that powerplay chances and capitalized. Austin Meyer found the back of the net at the 5:07 mark. Ben Farrer and Matt Germain tallied assists.

Robert Maloney got called for boarding with 4:27 remaining. Kevin Swallow got the Black Bears the lead back with 3:40 in the period. The assists went to Brian Flynn and Jeff Dimmen.

It was a rough start to the third period. Lem Randell went off 56 second in for charging. David de Kastrozza went off for Maine at the 5:29 mark. 12 seconds later John Cavanagh went off for tripping for Providence. The Friars got a 4 on 4 goal from Matt Taormina.

With 8:29 remaining, Jeff Dimmen got the eventual game winner with Brian Flynn and Lem Randall setting the goal up.

Darling was stellar as he made 35 saves on 37 shots. Justin Gates made 14 saves on 17 chances. The Black Bears were 2 for 5 on the man advantage and the Friars were 1 for 5.

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