Maine Hockey Journal

Lack of offense costs Maine the victory

Orono, ME– Wilson isn’t to blame in Maine’s 3-2 loss to the UMass-Lowell River Hawks Friday night at the Alfond Arena.

“He played vey well,” said Maine’s Head Coach Tim Whitehead. “He was our first star for sure.”

The Riverhawks fired 38 shots on Maine’s junior netminder. “We hit four posts and their goaltender was outstanding,” said UMass-Lowell’s Head Coach Blaise MacDonald. “I was hoping it wasn’t going to be ground hog day.”

“They had a lot of shots and see as many I could and stay in the game,” said Dave Wilson.

The teams battled to a scoreless first period and the Redhawks limited the Maine Black Bears just to two shots in the first stanza.

“I thought we played a thorough game,” said MacDonald. I liked how we played in all three zones. With 13:26 in the second period and we are outshooting them 20 to 3.”

“We didn’t get pucks to the net,” said Spencer Abbott.

“Guys are gripping the sticks pretty tight right now. Most of our shots were wide first of all and they (UMass-Lowell) carried the play,” said Whitehead.

UMass-Lowell would get on the board first when Matt Ferreira found the back of the net at the 5:32 mark into the second. Assists went to Paul Worthington and Sammy D’Agostino.

“The guy came out to the side and I whacked of his stick. He took a second whack and went off my ankle,” said Wilson.

Maine would tie the game at the 9:03 mark when Robby Dee got credit with the goal.

“Simon Danis-Pepin shot it and it happened to deflected off my knee,” said Maine freshman forward Robbie Dee.

Wilson had another bad break when Mark Roebothan knocked in his fourth of the season with 5:49 remaining. Nick Monroe got the lone helper.

“It off the bottom off my glove and off the top of the pad,” said Wilson. “I had to come across in a hurry.”

Spencer Abbott would get his seventh of the season at the 5:24 mark of the third frame. Simon Danis-Pepin and Brian Flynn set the tally up.

“I kind of slid to the back door and Peps made a pretty nice pass. I put it into the open net,” said Abbott. He contributes his teammates for his success lately. “My line mates for sure. They battle really hard to give me the puck.”

27 seconds later, Lem Randall took a elbowing minor. The Riverhawks took advantage as Kory Falite notched his team leading twelve goal of the season, 62 seconds after Abbott scored.

“It’s the timing of those penalties that. The penalty that cost us was the one after we scored. Our discipline has been pretty decent,” Whitehead said.

The Black Bears continue to look for their first countable win on Sunday when the Massachusetts Minutemen come to town for a 4pm faceoff.

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