March 9, 2013

UMaine clinches place in playoffs with victory over UNH

The Black Bears beat New Hampshire and get the help they need when UMass loses.

By Glenn Jordan gjordan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Casey DeSmith, Ryan Lomberg
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New Hampshire goalie Casey DeSmith makes a save as Maine’s Ryan Lomberg stabs at the puck during Friday’s game in Durham, N.H. Maine won at the Whittemore Center for the first time since 2005.

Photos by Charles Krupa/The Associated Press

Martin Ouellette
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Maine goalie Martin Ouellette watches a shot sail wide of the net in the first period. Ouellette finished with 31 saves.

THE REMATCH

WHO: Maine (11-17-7, 7-12-7 Hockey East) at New Hampshire (18-9-6, 13-8-5)

WHEN: 4 p.m. Saturday

TELEVISION: NESN

Instead, as three Wildcats approached him, Shore spun around and spotted fellow freshman Steven Swavely streaking toward the slot on the opposite side of the wide rink. Shore zipped a pass to the top of the left circle, and Swavely snapped a shot past DeSmith, who finished with 20 saves.

It was the sixth short-handed goal of the season for Maine, and the sixth of any kind for Swavely.

A scoreless second period included an unsuccessful power play for each team as well as golden scoring opportunities for New Hampshire’s Block and Maine’s Will Merchant. Block took a feed from behind the net and shot unobstructed from seven feet away, but a lunging Ouellette took the shot in his chest. Later in the period, Merchant clanged the far post on a shot from the right dot.

NOTES: Sophomore Stu Higgins was not in uniform. He served a one-game suspension for violation of team rules dealing with academics. ... Maine entered the game with a much-improved power play, scoring 12 times in 44 chances during its previous nine games. The Black Bears were 0 for 3 Friday night.

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