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Men's Hockey Completes Series Sweep of UNH

PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:50 am
by Tom Nolette
Maine Men's Hockey Completes Series Sweep of New Hampshire ... 56673.html

Re: Maine Men's Hockey Completes Series Sweep of New Hampshi

PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:06 am
by Tom Nolette
Men's Hockey Tops UNH, Moves on to Hockey East Quarterfinal Round

ORONO, Maine – Three different players found the back of the net and goaltender Jeremy Swayman made 27 saves to push the University of Maine men's hockey team past the New Hampshire Wildcats, 3-2, on Saturday night at Alfond Arena. The win gives the Black Bears the Hockey East playoff opening round best-of-three series win and sends them into the quarterfinal round to face Providence College next weekend.

Rob Michel finished with three points on three assists while Eduards Tralmaks, Nolan Vesey and Mitchell Fossier had the goals. Fossier added an assist to finish with two points while Brady Keeper added two assists.

Maine had the first two good looks of the first period, with Fossier behind both of them with driving backhands down the right wing but for the second night in a row, it would be the Wildcats that struck first. Max Gildon sent the puck from the hashmarks in his own end into neutral ice where Justin Fregona touched it to Liam Blackburn. Blackburn drove in on Swayman and split the defense across the goal mouth for a backhand.

The Black Bears went on the penalty kill with just over two minutes to play in the period and actually created two dangerous 2-on-1 opportunities but entered the first break down a goal.

In another mirroring of Friday night's contest, Maine – who once again led in shots on goal in the first period (14-7) – took the momentum from their push at the end of the opening frame and scored just over three minutes into the second period.

After two big slapshots from Brady Keeper created a juicy rebound for Rob Michel in the high slot, the defenseman sent the puck low, towards the right post for Fossier to expertly tip inside the right post.

Swayman's flurry of saves with five minutes to go in the period proved crucial, as Vesey's tally with 1:56 on the clock put Maine up 2-1 heading into the second intermission. After Keeper hit Michel behind the net with the puck, Michel started a rush up the right wing before he found Vesey down the left wing. Vesey got to the circle and wristed a shot past Tirone.

The first 17:32 of the third period saw lots of back-and-forth play, with UNH firing away in search of a tying goal. But when the Wildcats were whistled for slashing with 3:23 to play, the Black Bears capitalized a minute later on Eduards Tralmaks 10th goal of the year. For the third time on the night, Michel was the primary assist on the goal as it was his original shot that fell to Tralmaks for two good looks at Tirone before his third went inside the right post.

Tralmaks' tally would turn out to be the game-winner – as the Wildcats would net an extra-attacker goal with 53 seconds on the clock – and series winner for the Black Bears.

Swayman finished with 27 saves while Tirone made 40. Maine held the final edge in shots on goal at 43-29.

Maine (18-14-4) advances to face Providence next weekend while New Hampshire ends its season at 10-20-6. ... round.aspx

Re: Hockey East Playoffs: Men's Hockey Sweeps UNH ...

PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:40 am
by Tom Nolette
Senior, freshman snap out of scoring slumps to complete UMaine sweep of UNH

ORONO, Maine — University of Maine senior left wing Nolan Vesey hadn’t scored a goal in his previous 13 games. Freshman right wing Eduards Tralmaks had gone nine games without lighting the goal lamp.

They picked a perfect time to snap out of their droughts.

Vesey broke a 1-1 tie with 1:56 left in the second period, and Tralmaks extended the lead on the power play with 2:28 remaining in regulation as the sixth-seeded Black Bears advanced to the Hockey East quarterfinals with a 3-2 victory over 11th seed New Hampshire Alfond Arena Saturday night. ... ep-of-unh/

Re: Hockey East Playoffs: Maine Sweeps UNH, next up Providen

PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:43 am
by Tom Nolette
MARCH 9 - 11 Hockey East Quarterfinals
MHOCKEY at Providence College
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Re: Hockey East Playoffs: Maine Sweeps UNH, next up Providen

PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:47 am
by Tom Nolette
Bye Bye UNH. Bring on Providence

...Both nights, Maine’s defense looked vastly better than it did in the first two games against Boston College. Offensively, the Black Bears got contributions up and down the lineup, which they’ll need if they want to upset a Providence team they haven’t beaten in what seems like 100 years.

It was great to see a playoff atmosphere at the Alfond this weekend. The old girl was shaking both nights, and Maine, which has struggled at home this season, fed off that.

I also want to add that it was completely disgusting of UNH freshman Max Gildon to knee Maine’s Mitch Fossier in the head after the horn sounded Saturday.

. ... rovidence/

Re: Hockey East Playoffs: Maine Sweeps UNH, next up Providen

PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:40 am
by Tom Nolette
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#HockeyEast Quarterfinal Pairings:
@MerrimackMIH at @BCHockey
@UMassHockey at @GoNUmhockey
@MaineIceHockey at @FriarsHockey
@UConnMHOC at @TerrierHockey

All series start Friday.

Re: Hockey East Playoffs: Maine Sweeps UNH, next up Providen

PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:43 am
by Tom Nolette
Tale of the Tape
Maine vs. Providence / March 9, 2018
Schneider Arena, Providence, R.I. ... ?gid=69673

Re: Hockey East Playoffs: Maine Sweeps UNH, next up Providen

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:12 am
by Tom Nolette
UMaine hockey team is capable of upsetting Providence

...They will play on Friday and Saturday nights with the if-necessary game being Sunday evening at cozy Schneider Arena.

“Maine has gotten so much better and with (UMaine goalie Jeremy) Swayman playing the way he has been playing, it’s going to be a battle,” said Umile after his Wildcats were eliminated by UMaine in two games in their first round series, 4-1 and 3-2. “They are two strong, evenly matched teams.”

“It’s probably going to be a low-scoring series,” said Tirone. “It’s going to be a really good series. They are both real good teams. Anyone can win that series.”

The Friars, coached by former University of Maine and Old Town High School assistant coach Nate Leaman, earned a bye last weekend after finishing third in Hockey East. ... rovidence/

Re: Hockey East Playoffs: Maine Sweeps UNH, next up Providen

PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:39 am
by Tom Nolette
Maine Men's Hockey Tries to put the Past in the Past This Weekend at Providence
It has been several years since UMaine hockey has picked up a win over Providence.. ... 86263.html

Re: Hockey East Playoffs: Maine Sweeps UNH, next up Providen

PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:49 am
by Tom Nolette
Maine dismisses "underdog" mentality heading into quarterfinal series with Providence ... providence