Maine Hockey Journal

Friends become Foes

Orono, ME- Scott Darling faced some friends who led the Vermont Catamounts to the 3-2 victory.

The game winner came off the stick Dan Lawson 3:37 into the third. The assists went to Patrick Cullity and Chris Atkinson. It was a powerplay tally.

“It had to be Lawson,” said Maine goaltender Scott Darling. “We played with each other for five years.”

He also said the puck knuckled on him at the last moment. It was shot from the blue line.

“I played it fine,” says Darling.

“We scored on the powerplay finally,” says Kevin Sneddon Vermont’s head coach. “We just rolled all our lines.”

The guys played well,” said Maine Head Coach Tim Whitehead. “We will have to be stronger tomorrow.”

Maine would take advantage of Vermont’s weak penalty kill early on. Robby Dee knocked in a Bryan Flynn pass. The puck just squeaked by Rob Madore’s five hole. Jeff Dimmen got the secondary assist.

“It was a delayed reaction,” says Robby Dee if he scored or not on the play. “It must of deflected off of something,”

“I got a stick on it in and wacked it in.”

Minutes later Vermont would get the game back to even when Josh Burrows fired one past Scott Darling. Patrick Cullity and Colin Vock got the assists on the goal.

I thought we played better as the game went on,” said Sneddon

The Black Bears would strike once again on the man advantage. Matt Duffy would blast home a feed from Tanner House with 9:47 remaining.

“I would like those goals back,” say the Catamounts freshman netminder Rob Madore.

The Catamounts would once again come back. At the 12:39 mark Dean Strong slipped one by Darling on the powerplay. Justin Milo and Josh Burrows set the tally up.

“They played their systems well,” said Dee. He also says the turning point was Madore’s play in the third.

“Their goalie took it to us. He didn’t give too many chances offensively.”

Rob Madore was stellar as he made 30 saves in the victory.

“He was able to adjust and refocus in the middle of the game,” said Sneddon on Madore. “He played fantastic for us.”

“I played against him last year when he was in Chicago,” said Scott Darling on Madore’s performance. Chicago knocked out the Indiana ICE in the first round of the USHL’s playoffs last season.

“He’s a great goalie. I saw him do that when we were kids.”

What Darling was referring to was the save he made on Tanner House with eight seconds remaining.

“The save of the game,” said Tim Whitehead.

“I couldn’t settle it down,” says Tanner House who had the game on his stick with eight seconds left.

Scott Darling made 23 saves in the loss.

Notes: Will O’Neil moved back to defense with Ryan Hegarty’s injury that he suffered during Monday’s practice. He played center the last few games.

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