Maine Hockey Journal

Live Blog: UMass vs. Maine

2:51pm: The Massachusetts Minutemen roll into the Alfond Arena for a Super Bowl Sunday match up.

Here are the line-ups:

UMass Minutemen (11-11-3, 6-7-3 in Hockey East)

Alex Berry-Cory Quirk-James Marcou
Chase Langeraap-Jordan Virtue-Chris Davis
T.J. Syner-Casey Wellman-Will Ortiz
Marc Concannon-Brett Watson-Scott Crowder

Martin Nolet-Judtin Braun
Topher Bevis-John Wessbecker
Doug Kublin-Matt Irwin

Paul Dainton
Dan Myers

Maine Black Bears (10-12-3, 5-9-2 in Hockey East)

Brian Flynn-Tanner House-Gustav Nyquist
Robby Dee-Chris Hahn-Spencer Abbott
Nick Payson-Will O’Neil-Kyle Solomon
Jeff Marshall-Brett Carriere-David de Kastrozza

Ryan Hegarty-Matt Duffy
Josh Van Dyk-Simon Danis-Pepin
Mike Banwell-Jeff Dimmen

Scott Darling
Dave Wilson

I am pretty sure Darling will get the start tonight. That’s no typo, Will O’Neil is slotted as as a center.

3:28pm The team just took the ice for warm-ups. Here are some quick statistics


Points: James Marcou 27
Goals: James Marcou, Alex Berry, and Chris Davis with 8
Assists: James Marcou 19
Goals Against Average: Paul Dainton 2.06
Save Percentage Dan Myers .919 save
Goals Per Game: 2.96
Goals Allowed: 2.33
Power Play: 13.3%
Penalty Kill 87.5%


Points: Gustav Nyquist 20
Goals: Gustav Nyquist 9
Assists: Gustav Nyquist 11
Goals Against Average: Scott Darling 2.18
Save Percentage: Scott Darling .915
Goals Per Game: 2.28
Goals Against: 2.44
Powerplay: 17.7%
Penalty Kill: 89.1%

Even strength play will be the key to this game. Both teams have a strong penalty kill. UMass’ Scott Crowder, father is former Pirates and Maine assistant coach, Bruce Crowder.

5:30pm: After two periods, it’s a 1-1 game. Chase Langeraap tied the game with 1:28 remaining on the powerplay. It was the Minutemen’s second powerplay in a row.

Maine had a few chances. A good chance came with 5:30 remaining when they crashed the net. The puck was sitting in the crease the second chance was stopped.

There was some hitting after the whistle at the end of the period. Tanner Houseand Alex Berry will start the third in the sin bin.

4:00pm:Maine is going with Dave Wilson and UMass is going with Paul Dainton. See you after the first intermission.

4:42pm:After one period it’s 1-0 Maine. I will eat my words my words as Maine’s goal came on the powerplay at the 44 second mark. House won the faceoff back to Will O’Neil who set the one timer up to Matt Duffy who lit the lamp.

UMass would control most of the play. The shots were 7-6 in favor of UMass. Maine had trouble getting the puck into the zone and keeping it in the zone.

6:16pm Game just ended, Jef Dimen’s blast with 26 seconds left was the difference maker. Final shot total is 29-21 in Maine’s favor.

7:32pm: Post game story

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