Game Report, Providence at UMaine - 23-Feb-04
Written by: Pat Nierle
Providence at UMaine
Alfond Arena, Orono, ME
After falling to UMaine Friday night, Bobby Goepfert and Providence looked to even the score on Saturday. Maine's Michel Leveille had other ideas. In a battle of sophomore goaltenders Jimmy Howard and Bobby Goepfert, Maine beat Providence 4-2.
The game started quitely, even given the 5 on 3 Providence was granted and the two powerplays Maine received in the first period. Maine dominated terriorially and won the battle of shots on goal. 10-6.
Goepfert was tested all night long, starting midway through the first on two point blank shots on a Maine powerplay. After the period, the Maine broadcasters commented on how well Goepfert played, making three or four key saves to keep the game scoreless.
But as quitely as the first period began, the second period started off with a bang.
Just 35 seconds in, Michel Leveille took a breakaway pass from defenseman Prestin Ryan and beat Goepfert five hole to tally the game's first goal. Goepfert seemed to fight the shot, going in a half-butterfly while leaving a gaping hole between his legs.
Just minutes later, Maine Freshman Jeff Sheppard was stoned on another breakaway by Goepfert. And late in the period, Peter Zingoni seemed to have scored the equalizer for Providence, but the referee ruled that Maine's Steve Mullin had kept the puck from crossing the line. The puck looked to have crossed the line in replays, not much consolation for the Friars.
Goepfert was peppered throughout the third, with his defensive zone coverage failing him more than a few times. Finally, Maine's Jeff Jackson scored off of a pretty feed by Colin Shields. Shields caroomed the puck off the side of the net to a wide open Jackson.
Providence cut the lead to one at 10:50 of the 3rd when Chris Chaput slammed home a rebound on a 5 on 3.
On the ensuing 5 on 4 powerplay for Providence, Maine's Ben Murphy took a pass in over the blueline appearing to split the defense. Providence's Stephen Wood gave Murphy the slightest hook, and Murphy flopped to the ice, eliminating Providence's powerplay and the momentum they had gained.
While Wood served his penalty, Jon Jankus took a beautiful cross-rink pass from Michel Levielle and buried the puck into the open net, giving Maine a 3-1 lead.
Greg Moore added an empty netter at 18:12, and Providence's Jonathan Goodwin scored what turned out to be a meaningless powerplay goal at 18:34 with the extra skater.
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