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MAINE GOAL: Maine 6, Merrimack 5 .... Final (OT)
Timeout Maine ... so the first one must have been timeout Merrimack. Which makes sense where it came after the icing. But they announced Maine for the timeout in the 3rd.
2:07 left in the OT
Merrimack will start Newton-Jefferies with Vinnell.
Maine and Merrimack each earn one point. The teams are playing for the additional point. If still tied after 5:00, the teams will go to a shootout.
End of 3: Merrimack and Maine are tied, 5-5. Headed to 3v3 OT.
1-goal game, but the building had started to empty out.
Draw coming in the Maine zone with 36.0 left.
1:00 to go
MAINE GOAL: Maine 5, Merrimack 5 with 1:27 left in the 3rd. EN goal fo the Black Bears.
Ostman's to the bench. 1:31 left.
Uens for holding, Hebert for roughing.
Hebert and Uens both off with 1:52 left.
Whistle in front of the MC bench. Durflinger is down and slow to get up.
Merrimack drew that one up perfectly. Liam Walsh wins the draw, Filip Forsmark with a wrister from the right circle.
MERRIMACK GOAL: Merrimack 5, Maine 4 with 3:48 left in the 3rd.
5:35 left, media timeout.
Whistles are put away now, it seems.
Warriors lucky there.
Ollas gets caught playing a puck behind the net and it almost leads to a Maine goal.
Max Newton is 12-4 on draws tonight. Logan Drevitch leads the team with 5 shot attempts. Ben Brar and Alex Jefferies each have 4.
Media timeout with 9:33 left. 4-4 game.
SOG 8-6 Merrimack in the 3rd. No penalties called (yet).
Terrific backcheck by Seyfert.
12:09 left in the 3rd.
Maine came back with a good shift after the goal.
MERRIMACK GOAL: Merrimack 4, Maine 4 with 19:29 left in the 3rd. PP goal for the Warriors.
Teams on the ice for the 3rd period.
End of 2: Maine leads Merrimack, 4-3. Merrimack will have 0:59 of PP time to begin the 3rd period.
Merrimack back to the PP with 1:01 left in the 2nd.
1:42 left in the 2nd, Maine ices the puck. 4-3 Maine.
Best MC shift of the period here from Drevitch-Esselin-Seyfert.
Not a good PP there. Just 1 SOG.
First PP of the game for Merrimack coming up after the media timeout.
Merrimack to the PP. I didn't even see a penalty there. Some of the calls - both that one on Maine and I thought the one on Uens - were soft. The Maine player just seemed to lose an edge on the Uens cross check (at live speed).
Merrimack has not been on the attack this entire period. Penalties playing a big role. Started the period on the PK and have been on their heels most of this period.
Warriors need to be better at the front of their own net. Another chance in tight on Ollas.
Nope - goal stands. 4-3 Maine.
Liam Walsh went to the official right away. It looked to me like Ollas had the puck covered.
The officials are going to review this.
The referee called goal, but Merrimack reacted like they thought Ollas was interfered with in front.
MAINE GOAL: Maine 4, Merrimack 3 with 9:51 left in the 2nd, but I think the officials might look at this one.
MAINE GOAL: Merrimack 3, Maine 3 with 10:51 left in the 2nd period. Maine scores its 2nd PP goal of the period on its 3rd PP in a nine-minute stretch.
SOG 9-1 Maine this period, aided by the fact that they've spent 4:30 of the 8:30 on the PP.
3rd PP of the game for Maine. Merrimack has yet to have a chance on the PP.