University of Maine men’s hockey player Klas Leidermark admitted he was confused when he skated onto a Matt Mangene clear-out at center ice with four seconds remaining in Maine’s Saturday night win over Providence and heard the foghorn go off at Alfond Arena in Orono.
Scott White, the university’s Alfond Arena operations manager, explained that the foghorn on the catwalk above the ice is manned by fraternity brothers and they are supposed to set the foghorn off only when Maine scores.
There is an automatic horn that goes off when the period ends.
So it appears the fraternity brothers simply got excited and jumped the gun.
“That threw me off,” said Leidermark. “I knew there were a few seconds left. I thought I had time. Then I heard the horn go off and I thought ‘Oh, it’s all over.’ Then I heard (Will O’Neill) scream
‘Shoot, shoot Klas, shoot.
“I didn’t know what to do. I just put it in the net. I didn’t know if it would count or not,” added Leidermark. “I thought one of their guys started chasing me because I shot it into the net after the whistle. I had no clue what was going on.”
Mangene said it was a funny play.
“I heard (O’Neill) screaming. I thought the game was over and when I looked up at the scoreboard, there were three seconds left. I thought ‘What’s going on here. Klas hasn’t put it in the net yet. Luckily, he did.”