Maine Hockey Journal

Nyquist, Flynn lead Maine past Merrimack

The University of Maine men’s ice hockey team defeated Merrimack 5-1 on Saturday night at Lawler Arena in North Andover, Mass. Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) led the Black Bears with two goals and two assists, while rookie goalie Shawn Sirman (Blezard Valley, Ontario) stopped 24 shots. The Black Bears clinched a Hockey East playoff berth with the win.

Maine improves to 16-13-3 on the season with the win and 13-10-2 in Hockey East play. Merrimack falls to 14-17-1 overall and 11-13-1in conference play. It was just the third loss of the season for Merrimack at home.

Maine got on the board first with a short-handed goal at 16:40 of the first period. Gustav Nyquist got the puck to Ryan Hegarty (Arlington, Mass.) who had a shot on Merrimack goalie Joe Cannata. Cannata stopped the initial shot, but the rebound when right to Brian Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.) who was able to beat Cannata for his 16th goal of the season.

Nyquist then gave Maine a 2-0 lead just 1:13 after Flynn had put the Black Bears on the board. On the power play, Nyquist wristed a Will O’Neill (Salem, Mass.) pass past Cannata. Tanner House (Cochrane, Alberta) also assisted on the goal as he found O’Neill on the blueline.

Merrimack cut into Maine’s lead with 1:06 remaining in the first period when John Heffman beat Maine rookie goalie Shawn Sirman. Carter Madsen assisted on the goal for the Warriors.

Maine extended its lead to 3-1 with just 56 remaining in the second period. Mark Nemec (Rouses Point, N.Y.) had a shot from the blueline. House controlled the rebound and passed the puck out to Nyquist. Nyquist had his shot find the netting just inside the far goal post. For Nyquist, it was his team-leading 17th goal of the season.

The Black Bears took a 4-1 lead at 4:28 of the third period. Robby Dee (Plymouth, Minn.) beat Merrimack goalie Joe Cannata for his 12th goal of the season. David deKastrozza (Toms River, N.J.) and Jeff Dimmen (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who was playing in his 100th career game, assisted on the goal for the Black Bears.

Maine capped the scoring when Flynn tapped home a Nyquist pass at 16:40 of the third period. Nyquist would have had an open net, but choose to pass to Flynn who was easily about to beat Merrimack goalie Andrew Braithwaite. Hegarty also assisted on the goal.

Maine goalie Shawn Sirman made 24 saves in goal. He picks up his first collegiate victory with the win. Joe Cannata made 23 saves in 44:13. He falls to 8-11-1 on the season. Andrew Braithwaite made eight saves in 15:32.

The Black Bears outshot Merrimack 36-25 in the game. Maine was 1-for-5 on the power play, while holding Merrimack 0-for-8.

Courtesy of the University of Maine

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