Friday, December 6, 2013
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UMass-Lowell’s Michael Fallon slides the puck under Maine goalie Martin Ouellette but wide of the net while Jake Rutt (4) and Kyle Beattie (21) defend.
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Maine’s Ben Hutton, left, and UMass-Lowell’s Riley Wetmore vie for the puck during the first period Friday night.
The final 16 minutes of regulation included one Maine penalty and two on Lowell, but neither team's power play connected. Jon Swavely had Maine's best opportunity, sending a shot from the right circle to the high near post, but Hellebuyck deflected it away.
Ouellette made one final save as regulation ticked away with Wilson standing at the right post, swatting in vain. Lowell held a 34-18 advantage in shots in regulation, but Ouellette was superb.
On the winning goal, Ouellette made the initial save on a two-on-one attack, then watched helplessly after being taken out of the play by Maine defenseman Mark Nemec, who was sliding in an attempt to prevent a shot. Two more River Hawks swooped in, with Fallon using his hand to settle the fluttering rebound but seeming to fan on a backhand as Maine's Conor Riley took him out.
With Fallon and Riley on the ice, Arnold snapped in the rebound and set off the Lowell celebration, which paused for six minutes while officials tried to determine whether Fallon was guilty of a hand pass.
"I felt (Friday) was more like a playoff game than (Thursday)," Shore said. "There was so much emotion."
Nobody felt it more than Diamond, who has long struggled to keep his in check.
"It's an emotional game and he's an emotional guy," Whitehead said. "We wouldn't even be in the playoffs without Joey's play, and the big goals he's scored and his leadership. We love him and he's still part of our family."
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Maine’s Mark Anthoine finds himself without a stick as UMass-Lowell’s Jake Suter is on top of it while the players clash along the boards during the first period. UMass-Lowell clinched the best-of-three series with its second straight victory, 2-1 in overtime.