Maine Hockey Journal

Maine falls in OT to Northeastern

Boston, Mass.– The University of Maine men’s ice hockey team fell to Hockey East leading Northeastern 3-2 in overtime on Friday night at Matthews Arena in Boston, Mass. The Black Bears fall to 7-5-1 on the season and 4-4-1 in Hockey East play. Northeastern improves to 11-3-2 overall and 8-2-1 in conference play. Maine got goals from Brian Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.) and Matt Duffy (Windham, Maine) in the game.

After battling through nearly an entire first period scoreless, Northeastern took a 1-0 lead at 18:59 of the first period with a goal on a scramble in front of the net. Wade MacLeod tallied his fifth goal of the season from Jim Driscoll and Tyler McNeely. The Huskies took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

The Huskies added to their lead at 9:10 of the second period with a power play goal from Louis Liotti. Joe Vitale and MacLeod assisted on the goal for Northeastern.

The Black Bears cut the lead to 2-1 at 14:48 of the second period. Ryan Hegarty (Arlington, Mass.) fed Keif Orsini (Montreal, Quebec) who skated in on an odd-man rush. Orsini shot the puck and Northeastern goalie Brad Thiessen left a rebound that went right to Brian Flynn. Flynn put the puck in the empty net, as Thiessen had committed to Orsini. For Flynn, it was his fourth goal of the season.

Maine tied the game at 2-2 at 19:09 of the second period on a five-on-three goal by Matt Duffy. Maine was peppering Northeastern goalie Thiessen with shots. Josh Van Dyk (Woodstock, Ontario) and Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) teamed up to find Duffy on the left faceoff circle and he ripped a shot past Thiessen to knot the score at 2-2. For Duffy, it was his first goal of the season.

Northeastern got the game-winner at 2:29 of overtime when Louis Liotti notched his second goal of the game on a shot from the right faceoff circle. Mike McLaughlin assisted on the game-winning goal.

Maine goalie Scott Darling (Lemont, Ill.) finished with 23 saves in the game. He falls to 5-3-1 on the season. Thiessen made 31 saves in goal for the Huskies and moves to 11-3-2.

Maine finished with a 33-26 edge in shots in the game.

The Black Bears return to action on Sunday, Dec. 7 when they travel to Merrimack for a 2 p.m. game against the Warriors.

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