Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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Having killed off that penalty, the Black Bears soon found themselves facing another power play when Diamond shoved Block in the back after the latter played keep-away with Diamond's dropped stick.
"I can't comment on that call at the end," said Maine coach Tim Whitehead. "You know, what are you going to do? I mean, let's be honest. Ahh, I had better not say anything."
It took New Hampshire only 40 seconds to score, on a screened slap shot from the blue line by Eric Knodel with Block, appropriately, obscuring Ouellette's view.
"I saw he shot but I didn't see the puck," Ouellette said of the goal, with 3:38 remaining in regulation.
New Hampshire outshot Maine 2-1 in overtime, and DeSmith finished with 32 saves.
The Black Bears whistled their way out of the Whittemore Center, knowing they would return to the playoffs after a dismal 2-11-2 start to their season.
"We've come a long way since the start of the year," Whitehead said. "We've fought through a lot of injuries and a lot of close games like this and we just want to keep playing. ... Because at this point, we think we can play with anybody."
Thanks to a successful weekend in Durham, on the ice of their biggest rival, the Black Bears will do just that.