Maine Hockey Journal

Maine lets the lead slip away

Orono, ME– The New Hampshire Wildcats make a third period comeback to defeat the Maine Black Bears 5-4 in front of 5,250 fans at the Alfond Arena. Greg Collins had two goals for the Wildcats. The Black Bears were led by Tanner House who had a goal and an assist.

The Wildcats got on the board first when Phil DeSimone, a Washington Capitals prospect, found the back of the net on the powerplay. Mike Beck and Danny Dries picked up the assists at the 5:21 mark. The tally came eight seconds after Kyle Solomon’s slashing penalty.

Maine took over in the second period. 7:41 into the second, Will O’Neil found the back of the net on a two man advantage. Spencer Abbott and Jeff Dimmen set the goal up. The two Wildcats in the box were Greg Collins for roughing and Kevin Kapstad who was sent for tripping.

Jeff Dimmen gave the Black Bears the 2-1 lead four minutes later. Kevin Swallow and Chris Hahn added another assist to their totals. Maine would get another powerplay goal when Tanner House found the back of the net with 6:43 remaining. Gustav Nyquist and Bryan Flynn picked the assists up. Jamie Fritsch was in the box for hooking.

Greg Collins would get the Wildcats back within one with a powerplay tally 96 seconds into the period. Bobby Butler and Kevin Kapstad also got points on the play. Lem Randall was in the box for interference.

Windham native, Matt Duffy would give the Black Bears a two goal lead at the 4:08 mark. Tanner House and Josh Van Dyk picked up the helpers. It was another 5 on 3 powerplay goal. Joe Charlebois visited the sin bin for hooking and Kevin Kapstad joined him for a delay of game.

Mike Sislo would get an unassisted shorthanded goal with 6:58 remaining. Greg Collins would tie the game up with 3:59 left in the contest. Peter LeBlanc and Kevin Kapstad picked up points on the play. It was another powerplay tally with Jeff Dimmen was in the box. Bobby Butler would get the game winner with 2:41 remaining. Peter LeBlanc and Joe Charlebois got the assists.

Scott Darling made 23 saves in the loss. Brian Foster made 25 saves in the victory. Both teams had three powerplay goals. Maine had eight chances and the University of New Hampshire had ten chances.

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