Maine Hockey Journal

Maine Notebook: Postgame news and notes

After the game you could see the frustration by the Black Bears players. They knew it wasn’t their best effort of the season.

I didn’t really think we showed up to play for the first two periods today,” Gustav Nyquist. “We had a good third period but that’s not enough against BC and we need to come out harder tomorrow.”

Joey Diamond agrees with Nyquist.

“I think we need to come in more prepared and focused,” he said. “(We) need to get ready to play a full sixty minutes.”

Tim Whitehead believes the team didn’t get things going until the latter half of the second period.

“It wasn’t until five minutes left in the second until recaptured the momentum,” said Whitehead.

The talk after the game was Maine going scoreless on the two 5-on-3 powerplays

“We took the first three consecutive penalties,” York added. “One of the keys was staying alive in this thing, if you get down early the crowd really gets going.”

Matt Price, a Boston College senior believes it was the key to the win stopping Maine on the powerplay.

“That was huge,” he added. “They have a great powerplay coming in; they have scored a goal every game on the powerplay. It was something we wanted to address. In this rink, their fans including tonight, when (Maine) scores they are loud. It was huge for us to get momentum early on in that game.”

Gustav Nyquist knows with the powerplay that the team has, they should have scored during the sequence of penalties.

“We got to capitalize there,” added Nyquist. “We almost had two minutes on 5-on-3. Like you said, two minutes 5-on-3 should be a goal for us.”

Scott Darling held down the fort in the second

I thought a key aspect of the game yesterday was Scott Darling’s performance in the second period. Darling’s performance was one of the first things Boston College Head Coach Jerry York said in his press conference.

“(Scott) Darling made some really unbelievable saves in that second period,” said York said. “He was really on top of his game.”

“There were good saves by both goaltenders.”

Tim Whitehead said both goalies had their bright spots

“I thought (Parker) Milnar was strong for them early and Darling was strong for us in the second.”

Joey Diamond answers the coaches’ call

After being a healthy scratch last weekend down in Northeastern, Joey Diamond showed his scoring touch which he showed last year in the OJHL. He put an extra effort to get back in the line-up in practice this weekend.

“I wasn’t in the line-up last weekend, that was a real eye opener for me,” Diamond stated. “I had to do whatever it takes to get back into the line-up. It was more motivation to get back into the line-up.”

Tim Whitehead saw Diamond doing the little things during the game.

“Joey (Diamond) really played with a lot of passion, he won a lot of loose pucks, he shot the puck, he stayed out of the box,” Whitehead added. “I was proud of him.”

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