The game between Roc City and Maine was tight through all 60 minutes, but in the end Roc City emerged with a 5-4 win.
Neither team gained more than a one-goal lead, and John Papas\’s goal in the third period proved to be the difference maker.
Roc City was sparked by Papas, who had one goal. Papas scored 3:02 into the third period to make the score 5-4 Roc City. Brian Wade picked up the assist.
Maine was unable to stop Roc City from sending pucks towards the net, and Roc City eventually piled up 35 shots on goal. The defensemen of Roc City were also effective in Maine\’s zone, and came away with two goals.
Roc City additionally got points from John Wise, who also grabbed one goal and one assist and Zach Bucholz, who also finished with one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Roc City also had goals scored by John Melcher and James Lockamyeir, who each put in one. In addition, Roc City received assists from Wesley Austin, Connor Guay, Sam Cammilleri, and George Collins, who each chipped in one.
Maine was often in penalty trouble, totaling eight minors and one major for 51 minutes in penalty time. Maine surpassed its season average of 16.0 penalty minutes per game. Maine put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Roc City to score on any of its five power plays. Maine\’s offense rang up 41 shots on Roc City\’s net.
Maine was helped by Corey Wright, who registered one goal. Wright scored 14:26 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Maine. Matt Henderson provided the assist. Maine also got points from Spence Cowand, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Maine included Drew Lupardo and Alex Benson, who scored one goal each. More assists for Maine came via Matt Jerome, who had two and Noel Fischer, Sedrick Simons, and Joe Giannini, who contributed one each.
Roc City\’s Justin Nevinger stopped 37 shots out of the 41 that he faced. Roc City incurred 30 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Jon Fields made 30 saves for Maine on 35 shots. Maine registered zero goals on one power play opportunities. Maine ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Henderson was ejected from the game.