Friday, February 13, 2009

I Love Durham: UNH 4 vs PC 4 OT Final

First Period

I'm a little late getting in tonight and the stream from 1270 is not working for me tonight. I want to pass along that I am currently reprising my evaluation of I watched the UNH/Maine game in Durham and my only qualm is that there is a ringing to the audio - video was great for the product offered and had none of the problems I spoke of earlier.

The puck has dropped!

And Pollastrone is in the line-up on a line with Sislo so I suspect van Riemsdyk is not in the line-up.

And good pressure by the second line of LeBlanc - Thompson - Collins!

Just heard that van Riemsdyk is on the ice - I've got to open a new window so I can watch and type!

I'm also eating my dinner right now so I won't be able to type as often but right now the Friars are out-shooting and our Wildcats look a little shaky defensively but are pressing well offensively though PC's defense is stifling them and Providence goaltender, Beaudry, is sound.

11:00 to go in the first.

Alan Thompson scores a goal-scorers goal by pulling the puck back in front of the defender in the middle of the slot and he snapped it off between both the defenseman's and Beaudry's wickets!

1-0 'Cats!

And my feed has frozen and now jumped ahead leaving me missing nearly a minute of play.

Anyway, Alan Thompson's second goal!

Time of the goal, 9:42. From Kapstad and Butler.

We're under the three minute mark now and the Friars have just tied the game on a good bounce play that saw a redirect of a puck thrown on net giving Foster no chance.

And a good play that saw Dries undress a PC defenseman and their goaltender and slide it under, across the crease to Butler who couldn't find the empty net as he drove past the other side of the net.

And a UNH Powerplay to close the period, drawn by Greg Collins working down low.

Wildcats pull Foster with less than two seconds to play and the powerplay faceoff to the left of PC's Beaudry. DeSimone won the faceoff to Butler who slid it to LeBlanc who banged it home for the 2-1 lead!

Amazing play! It's a goal with no time left on the clock!

End of the First

The guys FOUGHT for that goal and pounced on that puck! Just incredible tenacity, mostly borne from fear of the empty net at the other end I believe, but it shows that they are capable and watching the replay it almost looked like a set play. Unbelievable!

Watching the replay further and knowing that there were 1.9 seconds on the clock it is clear that it took less than 2 seconds to complete the play.

Shots tilted in favor of the 'Cats, 15-8.

I wouldn't be too excited that this was a powerplay goal as they had the extra-attacker on the ice with Foster out of the net. But Pete Webster IS the Swami of the Wildcats, with a history of calling such keys to the game - tonight, Peter LeBlanc. Unreal.

Best wishes to referee, Scott Hansen, who was seriously injured by a slapshot in a recent game. Your wishes can be passed along to Scott through the Hockey East website from this week's Weekend Preview.

Get well, Scott! We'll buy you some glasses so you can see that shot next time! Just kidding! He is expected to fully recover.

Once again looking at that replay with the clock included it is clear that the puck is in the net with .1 seconds.

Second Period

More sketchy play defensively by the 'Cats leads to another Friar bid on Foster but stopped coolly and another by the goalie with liquid nitrogen in his veins!

Tonight's game has got to seem like a family reunion for Wildcat sophomore, Paul Thompson, as Providence is just LOADED with players from the multiple EJHL championships New Hampshire Junior Monarchs teams that Paul was a part of.

WOW! van Riemsdyk drops it to Pollastrone on the half-boards who, looking like Darren Haydar reincarnated, FIRES a pass across the PC defensive zone to a streaking Blake Kessel who reached back and smoothly swept the release forward beating Beaudry short-side before he could get all the way across!

3-1 'Cats!


The 'Cats are at full throttle now!

Oh! They just showed a replay of that Kessel goal... so pretty!

And the discipline!!! The Wildcats have yet to be whistled for a penalty!

Almost at the halfway point of the game!

Our guys are moving the puck very well, very decisively and smartly.

7:30 to go in the second as play mellows out a bit.

And Providence scores after winning the faceoff in the Wildcat defensive zone.

van Riemsdyk makes the play, draws the penalty and shrugs off the shoulder injury.

UNH powerplay!

Sislo too soft on the loose puck in front did not back it home!

van Riemsdyk leaves THREE Providence defenders staring at their laces but doesn't have enough room to finish as the powerplay expires.

Providence dangerous but stopped with two periods in the book.

End of the Second.

Shots 26-15 in UNH's favor.

Third Period

van Riemsdyk draws another penalty after getting his stick tangled up in James' legs, UNH powerplay!

DeSimone finds the seam in the Providence penalty kill! And Bobby Butler slams it home. It was Danny Dries that handed the puck off to DeSimone.

Powerplay goal!

4-2 'Cats!

Just 1:09 into the period.

Now 17:30 to play.

And great play by the fourth line!

More good play from each of the Wildcat lines brings us to the 15:00 mark but Providence forward, Mickinnon finds some space on the wing and snaps the top corner over Foster's glove.

11:30 to play and the 'Cats are still skating well and maintaining discipline.

Friars pressing dangerously again and Brian Foster ties the puck up through traffic after another oddman rush.

Blake Kessel practically looks like an NHL defenseman out there. Incredible movement of the puck and play decision.

8:21 to play.

Kevin Kapstad lets the shot go just a little too quick as the puck comes to him on an oddman rush in favor of our 'Cats.

Kessel just steps up and intercepts a breakout pass.

5:10 to play.

Another offensive zone faceoff win and Norton walks into the slot and beats Foster.


Greg Collins catches his leg on Mike Beck as they passed each other and he goes to the locker room.

3:12 to play.

1:00 to play.

End of Regulation


4-on-4 start to the overtime with Dries in the box for the 'Cats, surprise!

It's full-strength. 2:50 to play.

Just before this stop Jerry Pollastrone dipsy-do'd the Providence defense but couldn't finish from in tight down low near the side of the net.

Wildcats putting on the pressure to finish the game put cannot put it home.

4-4 Final.

Shot 39-24 Wildcats who now find themselves in a fourth place tie with UMass Lowell who dominated BC, 6-0. UNH does win any tie-breaker with Lowell.

But one point closer to Vermont after Merrimack edged them 3-2.

We'll see how the weekend sorts out after tomorrow night's games.

Until tomorrow, good night Nation!


If you've never heard the Los Angeles King's entrance song, I Love L.A. by Young Dre, then you're missing out. But we know how he feels because, we love Durham!

When our Wildcat men's hockey team takes to the ice tonight in arguably the best entrance in college hockey they'll soon see the the black jerseys of the Providence Friars at the other end of the ice.

With PC in town expect a physical game and a clogging defense to complement their rejuvenated goaltending which will likely give our 'Cats trouble especially since we shouldn't expect to see James van Riemsdyk or Jerry Pollastrone. I know that I've said the next six games are critical to the fortunes of this team but I would not have them chance further injury and more time out should the season continue and I don't think that they'll risk that or worse injury either.

One thing is for sure. The UNH team that takes the ice tonight is going to have to bring it if they want the points this weekend and I have just one thing to say about that - let it rock, boys!

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