Sunday, January 04, 2009

UNH @ Maine: UNH 5 - Maine 4 Final

What a comeback! But it is late tonight, I'll recap tomorrow.

Great game, 'Cats!

Game on.

I'll try to bring line-ups as I see them.

Brian Foster in net for us, Scott Darling for Maine.

UNH dictating the starting line play.

Little bit of a different breakout look with Fortney hovering in front of Foster, facing him with the defense holding the puck behind the net - no sustained pressure at this point.

Just over three minutes in with some back and forth neutral zone play leading to a Maine rush and the first scoring chance of the game with a Black Bear walking out from behind the goal line getting a good backhander turned away by Foster.

Play looks lazy on both sides with the puck going into the stands for a faceoff in the UNH end about five minutes in. Penalty coming up as Borisnok's stick was slashed out of his hands by Maine's Kyle Solomon.

GOAL! Just like that! Phil DeSimone on the POWERPLAY! May have been deflected by Mike Sislo in front.

1-0 'Cats!

Another good rush by Maine with the follow-up coming back off the boards and into the far post then recovered by Foster in the crease. Resulting in another Maine penalty.

Posting will be a little more sporadic as I dig into this great food! I absolutely love their chicken tenders, special sweet potato fries tonight and their cobb salad!

ESPNU commentator points out what I'm seeing, Maine is beginning to control play. Neutralizing the Wildcat transition and keeping the chances in their end WAY down while setting up offensively in the 'Cat's defensive end and getting good chances on Foster.

Fritsch going for hooking. First Maine powerplay. 8:20 to play in the first period.

McCarey going on a trumped up roughing call from a scrum in front of Foster and some 'B' acting by Maine's captain.

Ultimately, more 5-on-5 hockey with 5:30 to play in the first.

Period winding down now, looks like we finish with UNH up one to nothing.

I'll try to get back for the start of the second!

First Intermission

Actually, this is the end of live-blogging tonight until The UNH Men's Hockey Blog can afford its own computer!

Good Night, Nation! Will check in later to recap the game. Wish me luck in my game!

Go 'Cats!


NHL GameCenter Live was a bust, huh?

Alright, time for some pre-game.

It's UNH-Maine, Nation - doesn't take much to get worked up for this one.

The Black Bears sit exactly one point behind our Wildcats in the standings as we kick off 2009 Hockey East action with a game in hand. Yeah. Wading right back into the thick of it while short our leading scorer and arguably our best defender. James van Riemsdyk, who led the league and all of Division I before he left for the World Junior Championship and Blake Kessel who leads the team in plus-minus with a +12 - they will be concluding their tournament today in the 5th place game versus Czech Republic at 7:30 eastern time. Thanks to Cameron Eickmeyer who blogs the WJC for the US we know that, currently, James is poised at second in all-time goal scoring for the US Junior Team and tied for second in points.

But UNH-Maine beckons on this beautiful, frigid January day. Two clubs that have some history of animosity which has recently evolved into a mutual respect as our individual fortunes have risen or fallen. But this year sees the meeting of two fresh-faced squads for whom that history has become stale. This could be interesting. Could we see a rekindling of that rivalry as they jockey for home ice near neck-and-neck with each other? Or maybe this will be just another game lost in the corn maze.

It will be a test for the core of this Wildcat Team. Will they step up and prove to themselves that they've got what it takes?

It's 2009!

UNH. Maine. On ESPNU! 4pm.

Settle down at your favorite haunt (I'll be at Cu Na Mara of course) and enjoy the game!

College Hockey News' Tale of the Tape

Go 'Cats! Beat Maine!


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