BRIEF: Maine puts UNH's home-ice party on hold
DURHAM, Mar 09, 2013 (Foster's Daily Democrat - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
With a win Friday night coupled with a loss by league-leading UMass-Lowell, the University of New Hampshire hockey team could have moved into first place in Hockey East with one game left in the regular season.
Now even home ice for the first round of the playoffs is in jeopardy.
The Wildcats never got untracked until the third period and suffered a 4-3 loss to Maine, which won at the Whittemore Center for the first time in 10 tries covering more than nine years.
After combining for one goal over the first two periods, the teams erupted for five goals in the final 6:36 of the third period and six over the last 10:42.
Trailing 4-1, the Wildcats scored twice less than a minute apart with an extra skater on the ice, but couldn't come up with the equalizer despite some late pressure in front of Maine goalie Martin Ouellette.
"We blew that opportunity to win the regular-season championship," said UNH coach Dick Umile. "It was all laid out there for us to do it. We've got to win (today) to get home ice."
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