Maine Hockey Journal

The Wildcats manhandle the Black Bears

Durham, NH– The Maine Black Bears looked to revenge their loss to the New Hampshire Wildcats from earlier this year on Friday night. The Wildcats did what the Black Bears couldn’t do and that was to defend home ice.

Danny Dries and Steve Moses got early first period goals to give New Hampshire the 4-1 win. James van Riemsdyk and Mike Sislo also scored for the Wildcats. Brian Foster made 21 saves.

Matt Duffy, the Windham native picked up Maine’s only goal in the second period. Dave Wilson started his fourth straight games and made 28 saves.

Danny Dries would get the scoring started 1:45 into the first after Peter LeBlanc and Paul Thompson fed him the puck. Steve Moses, who was drafted by the Lewiston Maineiacs, got the eventual game winner at the 5:17 mark. The helpers went to Mike Borisenok and Jamie Fritsch.

Matt Duffy would cut the lead to one at the 3:25 mark when he notched a powerplay goal. Paul Thompson was in the sin bin for hitting from behind at the 2:10 mark. The helpers went to Robby Dee and Josh Van Dyk.

Maine would go back on the powerplay at the 4:42 mark when Bobby Butler took a seat. The Wildcats would go on the offensive when James van Riemsdyk deflected a Mike Sislo pass past Dave Wilson. Jamie Fritsch would get the secondary helper.

van Riemsdyk, who was with the United States World Junior team when the two teams played in Orono, would give his thanks by feeding Sislo with his 16th goal of the season. The goal came with 3:56 remaining.

The two teams face each other for the final time this season Saturday as they travel to the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester for a 7pm face-off.

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