Maine Hockey Journal

Maine Notebook: Black Bears defense bent but didn’t break

Maine was out shot 28-18 in the victory over Boston University Sunday. Tim Whitehead didn’t mind the amount of shots on Darling because most were from outside the dots.

“As the game went on, I thought we got sharper and sharper on the (penalty) kill, protecting the backdoor, eliminating there second shots.” Tim Whitehead said in the postgame press conference. “(We) were giving them the outside shots. There shot total got up there but we were trying to eliminate the second shots.”

On the other end Jack Parker wasn’t pleased how his forwards attacked the net.

“I thought their goalie played good,” said Boston University head coach Jack Parker. “Let me tell you, we’ve been making every goalie we’ve played look like Jacques Plante. We made the Northeastern goalie look like he’s invincible and we made (Scott Darling) look invincible. We are rushing shots and we are having trouble scoring goals.”

The goal that didn’t stand

Boston University could have turned the tables in the second period if their goal stood midway through the period.

“I was fortunate that the referees made the right call,” Scott Darling said. “The guy was in my crease but as a goalie I need to make the save. “The guy made a great shot; he beat me over the right shoulder.”

The call gave a lift to the Black Bear’s bench.

“That was huge for us,” Gustav Nyquist said. ”It would have been 2-2 and now we are up 2-1 again. The 3-1 goal was also a momentum boost also.”

Parker believed his club played well enough in the second to win the game.

“I thought we played very well in the second period,” he added. “I thought we were going to win the game because we played so well.”

Hockey East Standings

It was a full schedule this weekend in Hockey East.

1. UMass Lowell 3-1-1 (5-2-1)
2. Massachusetts 3-1-0 (6-1-0)
3. New Hampshire 2-1-1 (2-5-2)
Boston College 2-2-1 (3-2-1)
Vermont 2-2-1 (3-3-1)
6. Merrimack 2-1-0 (5-3-0
Maine 2-2-0 (3-5-0)
8. Providence 1-2-0 (5-3-0)
Northeastern 1-3-0 (3-4-0)
Boston University 1-4-0 (2-5-0)

Damon suits up for Team USA at the Deutschland Cup

Over the weekend, the former Maine Black Bear suited up for the United States at Deutschland Cup in Munich, Germany. Over the three games, Damon recorded one assist for the Americans, who were comprised of players playing in Europe.

With the Kassel Huskies in the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga, he has 5 goals and 13 assists in 17 games.

Photo By Maine Athletics

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