Maine Hockey Journal

Black Bears get the jump on the Warriors

North Andover, Mass.– The University of Maine men’s ice hockey team downed Merrimack 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at Lawler Arena in North Andover, Mass. The Black Bears improve to 8-5-1 on the season with the win and 5-4-1 in Hockey East play, while Merrimack falls to 4-8-3 overall, 2-7-2 in conference play. Maine got goals for Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden), Tanner House (Cochrane, Alberta) and Brett Carriere (Ottawa, Ontario) in the victory.

Maine jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead just 40 seconds into the game on a power play goal. Will O’Neill (Salem, Mass.) had a shot from the blueline. The rebound went to Chris Hahn (Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan) and then to Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) who was on the right post. Nyquist beat Merrimack goalie Joe Cannata for his team-leading seventh goal of the season.

Maine added to its lead at 2:59 of the first when Tanner House (Cochrane, Alberta) notched his fourth goal of the season. Again, on the power play, O’Neill fired a shot from the point and the rebound went to Hahn and then to House who was able to beat Cannata. The Black Bears took the 2-0 lead into the first intermission.

Merrimack cut the Maine lead to 2-1 at 11:59 of the second period with a power by goal by Rob Ricci that beat Maine goalie Scott Darling from the right face-off circle. Fraser Allen and Jesse Todd both assisted on the goal by Ricci. The Warriors had a chance to tie the game with just over three and a half minutes remaining in the second period, but Maine goalie Darling was able to stop a breakaway by Adam Ross. The Black Bears took the 2-1 lead into the second intermission.

Maine added an insurance at at 13:39 of the third period. Robby Dee (Plymouth, Mass.) carried the puck into the offensive zone and had a shot on Cannata. The rebound went right to Brett Carriere (Ottawa, Ontario) who put the puck between the pads of Cannata. For Carriere, it was his second goal of the season.

Maine needed the insurance goal as Adam Ross scored on a slap shot from just inside the blueline at 18:40 of the third period, pulling Merrimack to within one goal yet again. Joe Cucci and Chris Barton both assisted on the goal for the Warriors.

Maine goalie Scott Darling made 27 saves and improves to 6-3-1 on the season. Joe Cannata stopped 20 shots for Merrimack and falls to 2-2-3 on the campaign.

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