In a game where neither team could get a cushion, Maine escaped with a 4-3 victory over East Coast.
Maine gained the winning advantage on a goal by Collin Fader 19:54 into the third period and hung on until final buzzer.
Shayne Plummer and Fader provided the spark for Maine, combining for three goals and three assists. Plummer finished with two goals and one assist and Fader also notched one goal and two assists.
Maine managed to stay out of the box better than usual, totaling one minor for two minutes in penalty time. Maine finished below its season average of 16.0 penalty minutes per game. Maine forced East Coast goalie Travis Spangle to work between the pipes, taking 43 shots.
Maine also got points from Fader, who also tallied one goal and two assists. Maine also got a goal from Travis Townsend as well. More assists for Maine came via Noel Fischer, who had three and Riley Lavoie and William Dunham, who each chipped in one.
East Coast kept Maine\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Dunham made 28 saves on 31 shots. East Coast\’s defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in two goals.
East Coast was helped by Andrew Irving, who had two goals. Irving scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 18:06 into the first period to make the score 2-1 East Coast. East Coast had taken the advantage when Maine\’s Lavoie got sent off for tripping. Rick Mulligan picked up the assist. Irving\’s next tally on the power play made the score 3-2 East Coast with 19:35 left in the third period. Mulligan provided the assist. East Coast additionally got points from Mason Smith, who also registered one goal and one assist. In addition, East Coast received assists from Albert Wiggins, who had one.
Maine registered one goal on two power play opportunities. Travis Spangle made 39 saves for East Coast on 43 shots. East Coast incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors.