New England stifles Maine’s comeback, gains 3-1 victory

New England came close to giving away a three-goal lead to Maine, but did just enough to escape with a 3-1 victory.

New England led by three goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when New England\’s Steve Upton scored at 12:54 in the second period to put New England up 3-0.

New England\’s Dane Pauls was a brick wall in net, as he came up with 27 saves and let only one puck past him. The solid play of Pauls will be reflected in his goals against average, which pre-game was 2.68.

New England was led by Ryan Gauvin, who had one goal. Gauvin scored 11:37 into the second period to make the score 2-0 New England. Rick Marvin provided the assist.

New England put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Maine to score on any of its five power plays. New England\’s offense rang up 37 shots on Maine\’s net.

New England also got points from Marvin, who also registered one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Other players who recorded assists for New England were Brian Glover, Colton Hutton, Henrik Nilsson, and Andre Nybo, who contributed one each.

Maine\’s penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on three New England power plays.

Maine was led by Ignat Molchanov, who scored the team\’s only goal. Molchanov scored 19:46 into the second period to make the score 3-1 New England. Noel Fischer assisted on the tally.

New England incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Maine\’s Lucas Osborne stopped 34 shots out of the 37 that he faced. Maine incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.