Comments for: Diamond, Beattie lift Maine by Merrimack in playoff opener

Posted March 09, 2012, at 9:53 p.m.
Last modified March 09, 2012, at 11:03 p.m.

ORONO | The University of Maine’s men’s hockey team expected a low-scoring, tight-checking Hockey East quarterfinal series against stingy Merrimack College and the Warriors’ outstanding senior goalie Joe Cannata. That came to fruition Friday night but the Black Bears used second-period goals from Joey Diamond and Kyle Beattie to …

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  • Anonymous

    Way to go boys! Tough battle, finish the job tonite.

  • PabMainer

    Nice win Black Bears….game two Saturday night…..put that one in the win column and head for TD Garden next weekend…..great game!

  • Anonymous

    Great TEAM win Maine!  You worked hard and won the small battles!  Hat is off Sully, fantastic!
    Way to be the puck Joey D.!

    Need to stay out of the sin bin tomorrow night though Blue, somehow…….
    Coach, the refs are not giving your boys a fair shake…….  Mangene with 5 penaltys, no way!  5 minute major on Swavely for an obvious accidental hit…….

    Maine fans do not let there be an empty seat in the barn tomorrow night, these boys are working hard and deserve a completely packed house!

    Pick up where you left off boys and carry the intensity into tomorrow one period at a time!  Go Blue!!!

    • Anonymous

      Swavely’s hit was definitely not accidental. It was a deliberate elbow to the head as he skated by the player. Watch the replay.

      Good win for the good guys! No let downs tonight!

      • were you at the game to see the hit in person???  looked like swavely went to play the puck and got his elbow up to high and so on.

        • Anonymous

          Nope, had the benefit if instant replay in slow motion. He skated by him and threw the elbow.

      • Anonymous

        It was a 2 minute penalty and nothing more than that.

        • Anonymous

           Thought it was worth the 5…probably concussed the Merrimack guy who didn’t return and had to be helped off the ice…also watched the replay….stuck the shoulder elbow out and clipped his head…thought the refs were terrible but that was a good call

    • PabMainer

      Agree on the penalty box….. Too many after whistle penalties……if the puck is in front of Sullivan then absolutely keep the opposition out of his space after play is halted…..on the other end, skate away when the whistle blows…..too much time with after whistle minutes off the ice…..

  • Anonymous

    Vintage Playoff Hockey…Goaltending excellant at both ends…end to end rushes…plenty of hitting….with that said UNDER 4000 at the game…that is Dissappointing for QF’s @ Alfond Arena.

  • Great effort Maine! Yes the crowd was not at capacity BUT the Alfond atmosphere lived up to its reputation. Joey’s breakaway goal was superb. There was a good sized section of yeller jerseys rooting for Merrimack but the Bears kept our home crowd in it all night. Lots to cheer about. Maine beat the other team and the refs too. Poorly officiated game. Lets finish this off tonight and head for Boston! 

  • Anonymous

    Great game Maine…..we have to come to a reality for the ref calling for our games as of lately since we seem to be the big bad Bruins of college hockey and have to call every single little thing on US…..but a great win is what we needed, even though I was there and watched it on tv, I was pretty upset on how they said there was probably 200 Merrimack fans there, we cant allow that sort of thing in our home arena!  Though its to late and it’ll be the same way tonight ill be there yelling, LOL.   Lets finish this off tonight and move onto bigger and better things!!

  • Anonymous

    with so many empty seats, why was Whitehead so adament about the great fan turnout in his post game interview?   That’s probably the smallest crowd in Alfond history for a HE playoff game at 3904.   Now they are definitely in the NCAA Tourney, although there was never a doubt to be honest.

    • Maineiac

      Campus is on vacation…

      • Anonymous

        Again, lowest in UMO history.  Is this the 1st game they played a HE playoff during break?  Of course not. Nice try Mrs Whitehead ;)   Anymore excuses????????????????????????  

        • Maineiac

           My my aren’t we prickly today…

          :-)

    • Anonymous

      they’re not definitely in the tourny still, if Merrimack beats them twice, which i don’t think will happen, but if it did maine would be right in the middle of the bubble, especially after UMass fell of the TUC cliff.

    • Anonymous

      Merrimack dropped from 15th pwr to 17th with that loss last night, and Maine could drop out of the top 12 if they lose the next 2.  They need to win tonight and perhaps even win 1 game at the garden, unless that game is against UNH, which won’t help them in the PWR.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t get to see any of the game, but given the scores of the other games in the league, I guess no one can complain of the close score.  BC beat UMass by the same score.  Maine really wants to finish this tonight and not give the Warriors a sniff of victory.

  • Anonymous

    Finish them off tonight.  Show no mercy at all.

  • Hal Wheeler

    The singing of the National Anthem before the game was beautiful! Obviously a very experienced and well trained singer. And he respected both the lyrics and the melody rather than tryiong to improvise another contemporary version. I don’t object to young singers of any age doing the Anthem but ever since Whitney Houston’s Super Bowl performance of it we haven’t heard a legitimate rendition. And many of the fans actually looked very moved by it. No premature cheering at the end either. Can’t we give the Anthem the decent respect it deserves? 

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