New Hampshire uses shootout to best Maine, 4-3 (2-0 SO)

Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as New Hampshire defeated Maine in a shootout 4-3 (2-0 SO).

The shootout featured eight attempts between both teams. In addition to the clincher, New Hampshire got a shootout goal from Brett Bittner.

Maine was unable to stop New Hampshire from sending pucks towards the net, and New Hampshire eventually piled up 33 shots on goal. New Hampshire struggled to stay out of the sin bin throughout the game as it finished the game with 18 penalty minutes for seven opposing power plays.

New Hampshire was helped by Frederic Pugin, who registered one goal. Pugin scored 6:35 into the second period to make the score 3-2 New Hampshire. Others who scored for New Hampshire included Mike Heffernan and Tyler Burton, who scored one goal each. In addition, New Hampshire received assists from Bittner, who had two and Alex Peddle and Mike Callaghan, who each chipped in one.

Maine\’s offense rang up 34 shots on New Hampshire\’s net. Maine could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 26 minutes in penalties during the game.

Maine was helped by Drew Sommerhof, who tallied one goal. Sommerhof scored on the power play 14:14 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Maine had gotten the advantage when New Hampshire\’s Grant Lundquist was sent off for holding. Zach Gagne picked up the assist. Maine also had goals scored by Ryder Parkhurst and Matt Henderson, who each put in one. More assists for Maine came via Noel Fischer and Drew Lupardo, who contributed one each.

Adam Higdon recorded 31 saves for New Hampshire. New Hampshire registered one goal on six power play opportunities. Maine\’s Lucas Osborne stopped 29 shots out of the 32 that he faced.