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FINAL: Maine wins 2-1. Warriors push at the end but the Black Bears hold on. Ostman very good for Maine tonight. Thought Lynden Breen was their best player. He was a factor in every zone.
The officials decide to look at the goal, which benefits Merrimack. Warriors already took a timeout and now they basically get it back with this review. Maine bench didn't look pleased.
MERRIMACK GOAL: Warriors cut the deficit to 2-1 with 51.1 left in the 3rd. Zach Bookman with a EN/PP goal.
Still 2-0 with 1:10 left, Merrimack will have a 6v4 PP.
Merrimack pulling the goalie with 3:22 left down 2-0.
Timeout Merrimack with 3:22 left.
Maine won't give up the puck. They've had it all night.
Bradly Nadeau gets the goal. Not to take anything away from that wicked one-timer, but the goal was created by Lynden Breen forcing a turnover on the wall. Breen has been excellent all night.
MAINE GOAL: 2-0 Black Bears with 9:16 left.
Linesman completely blew an icing call. Michael Citara beat it out. Merrimack bench is livid.
Ostman is unbreakable right now. WOW
Ben Brar stopped on a partial breakaway. That's two breakaways Ostman has stopped tonight.
The puck is down in the 3rd period.
Merrimack is wearing "AD" decals on the back of their helmets in honor of Adine Djurasevic, the mother of freshman D Frank Djurasevic who passed away earlier this week. They held a moment of silence before the game as well.
Teams will be out for the 3rd period in about 3:00
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Good chances by MC, this period but they still can’t get it by Ostman and Maine is causing a lot of traffic
End of 2. Maine leads Merrimack 1-0. SOG 14-13 Merrimack.
Apologies having some connectivity issues. Merrimack just killed the first penalty of the game and Max Wattvil had a scoring chance off the rush. Still 1-0 Maine with 3:34 left and Merrimack headed to the PP. Good job by Wattvil to get behind the D.
Merrimack has had some chances since the Breen goal. Copponi and Citara with the best ones.
MAINE GOAL: Lynden Breen gives the Black Bears a 1-0 lead very early into the 2nd period.
Some action at both ends in the first period but it generally felt like Maine had the better of the play. Maine definitely had more possession. SOG just 7-5 but attempts were 19-14 Maine.
Jefferies looks good through one period. No side effects I'd say. He's big and powerful, and he can fly. He's going to be a lot for teams to handle.
End of 1: Maine and Merrimack are 0-0. SOG 7-5 Maine.
Media timeout. More back-and-forth since the opening 2 minutes. Some chances at both ends.
Another Maine scoring chance but a good stop by Ollas. Maine has had the majority of the puck possession early (6:00 into the game).
Some good up-and-down action here. Merrimack put together some smart shifts but another scoring chance for Maine.
Not a great first shift for the Warriors. Maine had a clean offensive chance right away and then forced the Warriors to ice the puck. Maine bringing it in the first minute.
Merrimack and Maine are underway. Ollas vs. Ostman the goaltending matchup.
Teams are on the ice, we're about to get going here at Lawler Arena.
Welcome inside Lawler Arena. The teams are still on the ice for warmups. It will be Ollas vs. Ostman tonight in the goalie battle.