East Regional | Regional Final
Time is a Charm
Maine eventually finds a way to beat
Quick and Massachusetts
Soares, M. Léveillé
Soares, B. Ryan
Jarman, P.J. Fenton
Tyler, B. Ryan
Jon Quick, 58:30, 26 saves, 3 GA
Ben Bishop, 59:48, 35 saves, 1 GA
MA 9/18; ME 8/16
Plays: MA 1-7; ME 2-8
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Okay, so the fifth
time is a charm.
In the fifth game between UMass and Maine
in the month of March going 0-4 in the process, the Black
Bears finally found a way to beat goaltender Jon Quick and
But it took awhile.
The Black Bears couldn't solve Quick in the
first period as Keith Johnson's point blank attempt was
stopped in the first minute and Billy Ryan was thwarted
on a sprawling save two minutes into the game.
The Minutemen also killed 1:14 of a 5-on-3
power play when Quick went side-to-side to stop Teddy Purcell
with the shaft of his stick with five seconds left in the
extra man opportunity.
"I used the term all year that you're
either feeling the pressure or applying the pressure,"
said UMass head coach Don Cahoon. "Tonight we were
feeling the pressure and we were really lucky to be at 0-0
at the end of the first period."
But in the second, the Black Bears snapped
Quick's playoff shutout streak at 93:03 when defenseman
Bret Tyler took a feed from the left corner from Josh Soares
and got his shot to dribble off of the pads and across the
line for a 1-0 lead.
Maine made it 2-0 at the 9:45 mark when Mike
Hamilton scored on a backhander from behind the goal line
that deflected in off of the back of Quick.
"It was pretty lucky," said Hamilton.
"I had the puck behind the net and their guy flushed
me one way so I threw it toward him not knowing what would
happen. It ended up going off his head or something, but
that's the type of goal you're going to get in a game like
this against a hot goaltender like Quick."
UMass got back into the game with just seven
seconds remaining on the power play and less than two minutes
in the second period Matt Anderson's shot from the slot
deflected in to make it 2-1.
The Black Bears then put the game away in
the third at 6:28. Matt Duffy's shot from the point deflected
off of someone in front and past Quick for a two-goal cushion.
"The third goal took the wind out of
our sails," said Cahoon.
Maine made things interesting at the end of
regulation when David de Kastrozza was whistled for interference
with 1:29 remaining. Quick was pulled giving the Minutemen
a six-on-four advantage, but they could not convert.
Every goal in the game came on special teams.
The first Maine goal was 4-on-4 and the other two plus the
UMass goal all came on power plays. UMass was whistled nine
times for 18 minutes and Maine eight times for 16 minutes.
"We didn't know if we were going to be
in or not," said Michel Léveillé after
the game. "We took a couple of days off from the rink
and came back and worked on everything we learned from the
four losses. We really thought if we got the chance we could
come back and do something special."
"We're every proud and excited to advance,"
said Maine head coach Tim Whitehead. "UMass has made
us a better team. Beating us four times really brought out
a lot of our weaknesses and we were forced to concentrate
on those in our free time last weekend and I think that's
a big reason we were able to rise up this weekend."
"Maine certainly played like they had
been in this situation many times before the way they came
out of the gates," concluded Cahoon. "As far as
our game was concerned, I thought we were a little off and
not playing with as much conviction as we have. The way
the game evolved, it was a little uncharacteristic for us.
We were the least penalized team in our league and we took
far too many penalties tonight against a great power play."
"One of my goals all season was to go
home to St. Louis," said Maine goaltender Ben Bishop.
AND HEARD AT BLUE CROSS ARENA
INCH's Three Stars of the Night
Ben Bishop, Maine
35 saves including 30 over the final two periods.
Josh Soares, Maine
The senior assisted on the first two goals
and did a great job on the penalty kill and playing
keep-away in the third period.
Bret Tyler, Maine
He scored the game's first goal and assisted
on the last. His shot that put Maine ahead 1-0 gave
the Black Bears a lead, and forced the Minutemen to
play from behind.
• Rochester ties: Maine junior forward
Billy Ryan is the younger brother of Rochester Americans/Buffalo
Sabres forward Michael Ryan. As we mentioned yesterday,
UMass junior defenseman David Leaderer is a Rochester native.
• Goaltenders were the last to leave
the ice following the warm-up — starter Jon Quick
for UMass and back-up Dave Wilson for Maine.
• After the first period, every television
in the concourse had the NCAA basketball game on instead
of the Boston College-St. Lawrence hockey game that was
in the third period.
• UMass forward P.J. Fenton's dad Paul
played 8 seasons in the NHL with Winnipeg and Los Angeles.
• Maine goaltender Ben Bishop's father,
Benjamin, is a Board Member of the St. Louis Sports Commission,
who is hosting the Frozen Four. Asked if that means any
preferential treatment for the team, Maine head coach Tim
Whitehead said, "we'll see which hotel we get."
• In the second period with UMass down
2-0 and going on a 5-on-3 power play, the entire Minuteman
bench got up on their feet. Maine's bench followed a few
• Maine center Mike Hamilton collected
the puck as a souvenir after the final horn.
• Rochester averaged 3,700 fans for
the two days in their first attempt at hosting an NCAA Regional.
Grand Rapids drew 5,200 for their semifinal games.
will be making its 11th Frozen Four appearance and the fifth
already in this decade.
senior captain Michel Léveillé was named the
tournament's MVP. He netted one goal and two assists over
the two games.
a team with the hockey history of Maine, couldn't they find
someone to wear the Black Bear mascot suit who could skate
without holding onto the boards?
needed to coordinate between the band(s), the public address,
the piped-in music, and the video scoreboard throughout
the weekend. Having at least two going at once just made
Maine's senior class is making its third trip
to the Frozen Four in a distinguished four-year run in Orono,
and the program is making its sixth appearance in nine years.
They last won the national championship in 1999, and will
head into St. Louis with momentum and a seemingly healthy
and red-hot goalie in Ben Bishop.
Massachusetts took major strides toward breaking
into that upper-echelon status in Hockey East, usually reserved
for the four power-programs: Maine, New Hampshire, Boston
College, and Boston University. The Minutemen finished fourth
in the standings and advanced to the Hockey East championship