Maine Hockey Journal

Maine still waiting for that win

Orono, ME– Well one point is better then nothing. The Providence College Friars and the Maine Black Bears battled to a 2-2 tie at the Alfond Arena. The Black Bears still haven’t won a countable game in 2009.

“We played much better tonight I was impressed,” said Maine Head Coach Tim Whitehead after the game.

“I thought we played our best hockey the last 25 minutes of the game,” said Tim Army the Providence’s Head Coach.

Maine opened up the game applying pressure on the forecheck. They had a great chance when freshman goaltender Alex Beaudry left a juicy rebound for the Black Bears.

“I thought we looked leg weary,” said Army on his team’s performance in the first period.

Maine would go on the powerplay at the 7:45 mark when Daniel went off for tripping. Maine was able to apply pressure

Providence would break the ice with 1:42 remaining in the period when Matt Germain flicked it over Darling. Ian O’Connor got the lone assist.

Maine carried over a powerplay into the second. It didn’t take them long to capitalize as they would capitalize with Spencer Abbott’s third of the season. Robbie Dee and Jeff Dimmen picked up the assists at the 1:27 mark.

“I got my confidence back up,” said Spencer Abbott on his recent play.

“He (Abbott) made some key plays,” said Whitehead on the freshman forward from Ontario.

Maine would go on another powerplay when David Cavanagh went off. Maine couldn’t strike the lamp for the second time on the powerplay.

The Friars had an opportunity when Scott Darling couldn’t control the puck and it almost trickled past him. Maine’s Jeff Dimmen would go to the sin bin at the 7:18 mark of the second period.

Kevin Swallow went off for Maine for hooking with 6:33 remaining in the second period. Scott Darling made a nice glove save to keep the game tied at one. Providence’s Chris Eppich would visit the sin bin with 4:52 remaining.

The Black Bears would head to the locker room with 2-1 lead. Gustav Nyquist looked like he was going behind the net to Wayne Gretzky’s office but dished the puck to Chris Hahn at the last second. All Hahn had to do was to put it into the open net. The goal came with 3:46 remaining.

“I didn’t really see it coming. Gustav made a great pass,” said Chris Hahn who lit the lamp for the fifth time this season. It was Gustav’s team leading tenth assist of the season.

Scott Darling stuck out his right pad to stop a scoring chance with 61 seconds left. “Scott made some brilliant saves,” said Whitehead.

There was a matching hitting after the whistle call to Providence’s Pierce Norton and Maine’s defenseman Matt Duffy.

Just 3:25 into the third, Nick Mazzolini blasted on through Scott Darling’s five hole. It was an unassisted effort.

“I stepped up on the soft pass, I came in and shot it low,” said Providence’s senior forward Nick Mazzolini.

“I made a mistake on the second goal,” said freshman netminder Scott Darling.

Darling made a few more saves before the period came to an end. Alex Beaudry made a nice blocker save as the puck was destined to the top shelf.

“He played very well,” said Army on his freshman goaltender that committed on January 9th. “Wes started to pin point in November and we needed someone that was willing to come in at the mid point.”

Alex Beaudry spent the first half of this season with the Kemptville 73’s and the Gloucester Rangers of the Central Junior Hockey League. He had 3.54 goals against average, a .907 save percentage in 29 games.

The game into the extra session but the scoreboard stayed the same.

It was bittersweet. I thought the team played well,” said Chris Hahn on the overtime final.

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