Wright, Molchanov lead Maine over East Coast, 9-5

Behind two goals from Corey Wright and three goals and three assists from Ignat Molchanov, Maine downed East Coast 9-5.

Wright scored the first of his two goals at 15:48 into the second period to make the score 5-5. Chad Saulnier picked up the assist. Wright\’s next tally made the score 6-5 Maine with 31 seconds left in the second period. Matt Jerome provided the assist.

East Coast was doomed by its poor performance on special teams, as Maine was able to score four times while on the power play.

Maine put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow East Coast to score on any of its five power plays. Maine surpassed its usual scoring output this season. Maine has scored at the pace of 3.3 goals per game during the current campaign. Maine\’s defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in two goals.

Maine also got points from Noel Fischer, who also tallied one goal and one assist, Zach Gagne, who also finished with two goals and one assist, Molchanov, who also racked up three goals and three assists to lead the team in points, and Drew Lupardo, who also registered one goal and two assists. Other players who recorded assists for Maine were Ben Henderson, who had two and Matt Henderson and Drew Sommerhof, who contributed one each.

East Coast bested its season scoring average. East Coast averages 1.1 goal per game. East Coast could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 24 minutes in penalties during the game.

East Coast was led by Matt Bauchman, who grabbed three goals and one assist. Others who scored for East Coast included Michael Bellmore and Tom Potter, who scored one goal each. More assists for East Coast came via Maxwell Campbell and Bryan Sieber, who each chipped in one.

Maine took out Justin Broy after he had made three saves and installed Lucas Osborne in goal, where he finished with 11 saves and the win. Maine incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Benjamin Sakaria made 21 saves for East Coast on 30 shots.