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Gibber
02-06-2010, 09:24 AM
No kidding! Reminded me of the 1972 Olympic basketball game between the US and Soviet Union! (kinda dates me, doesn't it?? oh well!)

Ha, thats exactly what I thought while watching it online (and I wasn't even born until 1976)... I was watching the internet feed (which was pretty dang good, well worth the free month of CSTV XXL ;) ) and the first thing I thought of was 1972 Olympic hoops...

Hey good win for Maine, looked like, for as much as I got to watch, that it was a pretty good hockey game with plenty of chances, and plenty of great saves both ways. Maine just buried one more chance than UNH. Hopefully the 'cats will get out of there with a split tonight...

DownEastblkbearfan
02-06-2010, 09:26 AM
Great win last night bears! Still think Dee's holding penalty was bs as his stick is being held directly in front of the official and the end of the game was a joke! I dont know how many times we had to win that one but I hope it doesnt take that long tonight. 10 minutes for 3.1 seconds come on drop the friggin puck! Looking forward to tonight.

True Blue Fan
02-06-2010, 09:27 AM
Sorry True Blue but I disagree...I always account for the other team on the ice, and yes the Black Bears are a VERY good team...however I also believe in self deprecation when you give the game away....I might agree with Walrus that the Darling save at 2-0 UNH was huge, but there was ample time for UNH to get back the game....When Maine skated off with a tie game after 2 periods, I think they swept the series and get the big 4 for the weekend. and that is because I do respect the other team on the ice.....Maine wins up at the Alfond when they believe in themselves....we are the salmon swimming upstream tonight! C'mon Cats!

Wrong UNH got beat, they did not give the game away. You are fee to think what you want, don't let the facts get in your way.:p Maine out shot UNH for the game, carried the play in their zone more than UNH and played a little more disciplined. Key ingredients for a win.

UNHhockey29
02-06-2010, 10:01 AM
Sorry True Blue but I disagree...I always account for the other team on the ice, and yes the Black Bears are a VERY good team...however I also believe in self deprecation when you give the game away....I might agree with Walrus that the Darling save at 2-0 UNH was huge, but there was ample time for UNH to get back the game....When Maine skated off with a tie game after 2 periods, I think they swept the series and get the big 4 for the weekend. and that is because I do respect the other team on the ice.....Maine wins up at the Alfond when they believe in themselves....we are the salmon swimming upstream tonight! C'mon Cats!

So let's just call it a weekend and not play the game tonight. I mean why did they even finish the game once Maine tied it up? Anything can happen tonight. Both teams played hard yesterday and UNH did not give the game away. They had a bunch of chances and Darling robbed us a few times, he played a great game. Did you watch the game in person or listen to it? Seems people who listened to it were much more upset.

Malts18
02-06-2010, 11:19 AM
It was Desimone. Unbelievable save. We sat there shaking our heads for a few minutes after that one. I was really impressed by Maine's team speed, especially the Nyquist line. He can really create.

Nyquist is a Red Wings prospect... after seeing him, do you think he can do it at the NHL level in a few yrs? :)

RockTheWhit
02-06-2010, 11:34 AM
Nyquist is a Red Wings prospect... after seeing him, do you think he can do it at the NHL level in a few yrs? :)

No doubt about it. Whoever said that Maine should just let him carry the puck in every time was right on. I knew he was good and have been impressed was his play the first five or so games I saw of him, but his speed last night really amazed me. Very composed with the puck. The kind of player who when he gets it, as an opposing fan, you say "oh crap, something bad is about to happen." Reminiscent of Gerbe and Wilson (just within the last few years) in that manner.

Malts18
02-06-2010, 11:36 AM
Seems people who listened to it were much more upset.

Yep.. I was one of those...but it is always tough to judge quality of play (possession time/quality of shots/team defending) via radio feed. That is why I defer to you guys that were at the game or saw it on video feed or TV. If I see it, fine, but radio is always rough. You are going on what the radio guys tell you.

I was just pis sed because I felt this was a game we should not have let go. Up 2-0 in a rough building vs a hated rival... just gutting to not only give up the lead, but to then lose altogether.

UNH had their chances... the Butler shot at a shortie with the huge save from Darling was enormous, too. I think that would have put UNH back up by two at 3-1. Clearly Darling made some amazing stops and allowed his team to claw its way back into the game. Great goaltenders do that from time to time. Credit to him.

Should be a fun game tonight... but I disagree with zoo... tonight is far from decided already (even the Maine fans would agree with that). No one should be thinking tonight is a done deal for Maine. It could go either way... and again the goaltenders will be front and center in determining the outcome.

Malts18
02-06-2010, 11:37 AM
No doubt about it. Whoever said that Maine should just let him carry the puck in every time was right on. I knew he was good and have been impressed was his play the first five or so games I saw of him, but his speed last night really amazed me. Very composed with the puck. The kind of player who when he gets it, as an opposing fan, you say "oh crap, something bad is about to happen." Reminiscent of Gerbe and Wilson (just within the last few years) in that manner.

The UNH fan says "oh crap".. the Red Wings fan says "can't wait til he gets here!"

RockTheWhit
02-06-2010, 11:50 AM
The UNH fan says "oh crap".. the Red Wings fan says "can't wait til he gets here!"

I can't wait til he gets there either :D .

Pucknut
02-06-2010, 12:03 PM
On the clock issue...

We were hanging out in the Alfond after the game, figuring the only thing we would be doing for a while was wasting gas sitting in traffic. One of the veteran campus officers came over to us, and shared what he learned.

The whistle for the icing was not heard by the clock operator. Given how amazingly loud the Alfond was at that moment, it was totally understandable. As soon as the clock hit 0.00, the clock operator bolted for the door, in an attempt to beat the traffic (good luck, campus is on an island.)

Then, they had someone chase the clock operator out into the parking lot to tell him the game was not over, and to get back in there. The person operating the clock was so flustered by these events, that he could not do his job effectively the remainder of the game (all 3 seconds of it). Apparently people were yelling at him etc.

And on the topic of trying to beat the traffic...let me repeat...we are on an island. If you want to avoid traffic on a hockey night, either don't go to the game, or hang out for a half hour or so afterward.


The best way to estimate a crowd is to ask the nearest cop leaning against the wall and when he gives you a figure, divide it by three.

The clock operator accesses the officials box via the ice and I didn't see him on the ice anytime before the end of the game. I think the cop gave you a crock about the clock.

To get out of Orono quickly after a game you have to have a seasoned bank robber ready at the wheel with the get-away car right outside the door but the campus cops may even screw that up practicing directing traffic.

Gil
02-06-2010, 12:04 PM
.. tonight is far from decided already (even the Maine fans would agree with that). No one should be thinking tonight is a done deal for Maine. It could go either way... and again the goaltenders will be front and center in determining the outcome.

Couldn't agree more. Maine better bring their "A" game again.

You Detroit fans are going to love Nyquist. I saw some moves last night that I haven't seen at the Alfond since the 92-93 season. Scary.

john g
02-06-2010, 12:04 PM
When Maine shot the puck at the empty net which led to the clock nightmare, didn't the puck hit the post?

Wally,

Doesn't matter if it hit the post or not - still icing. Rule changed several years ago - back then if the puck passed through the crease, icing waived off. If you recall, the crease was a semi-circle that extended beyond the posts then - now the crease is truncated.

Let's go Bears - Mass loses big at home so Maine tied in points with a game in hand.
:D

BearPaw
02-06-2010, 12:20 PM
I agree with you about Carriere, but according to Thursday's Portland Press Herald, it sounds like we may be without him the rest of the way: "The Black Bears, though, will be without senior center Brett Carriere, who suffered a sprained MCL in the third period of Saturday's 4-4 tie at Vermont, and he could be out for up to eight weeks"

He's done. I'm surprised it wasn't mentioned in the BDN article. Apparently, Larry isn't in the know.

walrus
02-06-2010, 12:28 PM
...however I also believe in self deprecation when you give the game away....

I think Maine had the edge in play even when UNH was up 1-0, when they went 2-0 I thought Maine might be done but over all without looking at the score I think Maine had the edge in play for the game. I saw the shot chart for the second period, Maines shots were between the circles, UNH were about the circles. Maine got to the front of the net all night, Foster was the man. If he wasn't Maine wins in a landslide

Malts18
02-06-2010, 12:43 PM
You Detroit fans are going to love Nyquist. I saw some moves last night that I haven't seen at the Alfond since the 92-93 season. Scary.

Sounds good to me... man, with Jimmy Howard and then Gustav Nyquist coming in soon.... Detroit is going to start to look like Orono West.

walrus
02-06-2010, 01:21 PM
One other thing about tonights game, Basketball game started at 12 noon, temps in the building up to 70 degrees. Ice should be awful tonight, not sure who that helps?

john g
02-06-2010, 01:28 PM
One other thing about tonights game, Basketball game started at 12 noon, temps in the building up to 70 degrees. Ice should be awful tonight, not sure who that helps?

When the he** are they going to get squeakball out of Alfond - it was a stupid idea from the start;

1) no way they are going to fill the place (except if Cindy starts playing again)

2) this leads to no home court advantage like the "pit" can give you with whatever fans (even if there are only 50) right on top of the players

3) makes for lousy ice conditions for the REAL game :confused: :rolleyes:

4) screws up the Zamboni which has to clean up the pieces of sub floor and grit from the fork lift - even though they use the old Zamboni

5) wear and tear on the glass from being mishandled by work study students - I am tired of contributing the "temporary" $2/ticket increase for new glass every X years.

walrus
02-06-2010, 01:30 PM
When the he** are they going to get squeakball out of Alfond - it was a stupid idea from the start;

1) no way they are going to fill the place (except if Cindy starts playing again)

2) this leads to no home court advantage like the "pit" can give you with whatever fans (even if there are only 50) right on top of the players

3) makes for lousy ice conditions for the REAL game :confused: :rolleyes:
The pit is awesome for BBall, loved it when I was a kid
and got free tickets all the time. Dr J could dunk in there big time:D

DownEastblkbearfan
02-06-2010, 01:44 PM
Anyone happen to be watching the jumbotron last night in between the second and third periods at the little girl that was slapping the Maine players 5 when they went out on the ice and the cop drove her off! What harm was she doing?

sandiegoblkbr
02-06-2010, 02:56 PM
On the clock issue...

As soon as the clock hit 0.00, the clock operator bolted for the door, in an attempt to beat the traffic (good luck, campus is on an island.)

Then, they had someone chase the clock operator out into the parking lot to tell him the game was not over, and to get back in there. The person operating the clock was so flustered by these events, that he could not do his job effectively the remainder of the game (all 3 seconds of it). Apparently people were yelling at him etc.

LOL........some things never change. ;)