Maine Hockey Journal

Finally a win

Orono, ME– The Maine Black Bears finally got over the hump as they defeated the Massachusetts Minutemen 2-1. Jeff Dimmen got the game winner with 26 seconds remaining in the contest

“I just saw (Chris) Hahn curl around below the bottom of the circle. He cut back up and their weak side winger pinched in cutting to the goal. Hahn fed a nice pass across and just tried to get it on net and it went in. I just closed my eyes,” smiled Dimmen. It was his fifth of the year. Spencer Abbott got the secondary assist.

It’s just one win,” said Maine’s head coach Tim Whitehead. “The guys never quit, I am happy for the team. I am happy we got that piano of our back.”

“It’s been awhile since they enjoyed the taste of winning and they played real hard,” said Don Cahoon.

Maine would go on an early powerplay opportunity when Topher Bevis got called for interference 35 seconds into the contest. Maine was quick to respond when Matt Duffy ripped one past Paul Dainton. Will O’Neil and Tanner House assisted on the goal.

After a couple of chances for the Maine Black Bears, the Minutemen would strike on the powerplay with 1:28 remaining. Casey Wellman beat Wilson five hole. Justin Braun and Matt Irwin set the goal up.

“I was reading the back door, there was a guy coming from the back door and I slid across. As I was coming across he shot instead of passing,” said Dave Wilson.

Both teams had a strong penalty kill coming into the game. Cahoon mentioned if a team got enough chances they would put one in sooner rather then later. “If you give a team their chances, they will get their goals,” Cahoon said. “I thought both teams did a good job on their penalty kill despite giving up one,” said Tim Whitehead.

Penalties were also a big problem for Maine in the second. They had seven minors in the stanza.

Maine put some pressure in the third. “That was the most pleasant surprise of the game was our discipline and poise in the third,” said Whitehead.

Dave Wilson had to make a key save with four seconds left. He snagged it out of the air. “I picked up through traffic and took it out of midair. Luckily I caught it and held onto it,” said Wilson. “I saw it at the last second and held onto it.”

Notes: Freshmen defenseman Will O’Neil played center today. “I thought he played very well,” said Tim Whitehead. Whitehead doesn’t know if O’Neil will play center or defense next weekend against New Hampshire. He did say he will be in the line-up.

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