Maine Hockey Journal

Black Bears roar back

Orono, Me– The Black Bears get down early but bounce back. The Union College Dutchmen jumped out to a 1-0 lead early in first but the Black Bears scored three unanswered goals to defeat the Dutchmen 3-1. Bryan Flynn and Tanner House each had a goal and assist. The Brian Flynn-Gustav Nyquist-Tanner House line had five points.

“They playing so well and they have good chemistry,” said head coach Tim Whitehead.

David de Kastozza went of for tripping at the 2:13 mark. Just 24 seconds into the powerplay, Randy Hanagan went to the sin bin for hitting from behind. The Black Bears had a brief powerplay but couldn’t get a shot on net. Tanner House had an open net but he misfired.

“Tanner was all over the net tonight. He easily could have had three. I thought that wrap around early in the game; I don’t think he realized he had more time. He was upset with himself on that one. He played so well,” said Whitehead.

Union got on the scoreboard first at the 8:58 mark when Adam Presizniuk tipped in a blast from the point. Lane Caffaro blasted one from the top of the point. Stephane Boileau got the secondary assist. Maine had another chance shortly there after. Justin Potts went off for hooking with 9:02 remaining. 25 seconds into the powerplay, Mike Harr was called for cross-checking.

With 14 secods left in Potts penalty, Brian Flynn picked up the trash and tied the game. Tanner House and Will O’Neil got the assists. Jeff Marshall had a chance just under the five minute mark. With 3:46 remaining in the stanza, Windham native got his second of the season with a blast from the point. Kevin Solomon and Robby Dee set the goal up.

Maine had a chance when the puck was stolen in the offensive zone. The shot was fired on Corey Milan but hit the post.

The Black Bears had an opportunity but the puck bounced off a stick in the slot. Gustav Nyquist tried to sweep one past Milian. Union put some pressure o Scott Darling. Marshall tried to back hand one in deep in the slot. With 11:29 remaining, Matt Duffy got called for a minor.

Union had a chance when Darling left a rebound for anyone’s taking but a Maine defenseman swept the puck to safety. Simon Danis-Pepin made a nice defensive play when Adam Presizniuk tried to split the defense. With 9:17 left in the middle frame, Tanner House picked up the puck and flicked it into the net. Flynn and Nyquist were credited with the assists.

The Black Bears had a chance when Lem Randall let a blast go. There was a scramble in front of the net but the Black Bears couldn’t get an opportunity. With 4:30 left in the second stanza, Andrew Boute got called for holding. Maine was able to set up the powerplay but the Dutchmen were able to block the shot. With 2:09 remaining Mike Banwell got called for contact to the head. With 1:156 remaining, Will O’Neil got called for cross-checking.

The Black Bears were able to clear the puck. They did get a short handed chance. Union couldn’t set anything up before the period ended.

“I mean we got some momentum. Obviously it’s great opportunity to get some momentum and killed that penalty. Then we kept on going,” said Swedish freshman Gustav Nyquist.

House had a great opportunity when Milan couldn’t control Nyquist’s shot. House picked up the puck but it rolled off his stick. At the 1:57 mark, Brendan Milnamow and Kyle Solomon got called for two separate penalties. Milnamow got called for interference and Soloman for roughing.

Randall had another chance in front of Milan’s crease. House and Flynn were on a 2 on 1. After the defenseman stopped the initial pass, House was able to Flynn. Flynn couldn’t get the shot off.

6:58 into the stanza, Stephane Boileau went off for tripping. Maine had a great opportunity when Kyle Solomon rang one off the crossbar. He received a pass from Danis Pepin. At the 9:03 mark, David de Kastozza went off for interference. The Dutchman had an opportunity when Mario Valery-Trabucco put one in Darling’s stomach. Nyquist had a short handed chance.

“We had some real chances in the third but couldn’t convert,” said Whitehead. “We need to bury some goals on the powerplay. We need to start burying teams it’s been our problem all season. We just make trouble for ourselves,” said Brian Flynn.

With 7:49 left in the games, Chris Potts was called for tripping. Jason Shaffer picked off a Matt Duffy pass and had a shorthaned chance. The Black Bears couldn’t get anything going on the man advantage. With 5:20 remaining, Brendan Milnamow was called for cross checking. Maine had chances on the man advantage. With two minutes left, Len Randall went to the box for slashing. With 1:25 left, Chris Hahn went off for interference.

Scott Darling turned away 22 shots to pickup his 7th victory on his freshman campaign. Corey Milan made 34 saves on 37 chances. Both teams had seven chances on the man advantage and Maine got the lone powerplay goal.

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