Black Bears and Bulls climb standings with three-game sweeps
December 16, 2019
Maryland 6 @ Maine 2 - The Maryland Black Bears closed out Game 3 of the weekend series against the Maine Nordiques Sunday afternoon with a 6-2 victory. The Black Bears showed tremendous poise in the closing minutes of each game throughout the weekend and had very solid goaltending from both Andrew Takacs and Cooper Black. In the 1st period, the Nordiques jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a goal from Tyler Harvey under two minutes into the contest. In the 2nd period, Luke Mountain redirected a shot from Jackson Sterrett :33 seconds into the frame. Seven minutes later Sterrett got a goal of his own off a nice steal and breakaway. Jude Kurtas was able to net a power play goal and give the Black Bears held a 3-1 lead. With just :21 seconds remaining in the period, Noah Kane scored on a rebound from Cannon Green to make it 3-2. Midway through the 3rd period, the Black Bears power play struck again. Thomas Jarman buried a one-timer, assisted by Jackson Sterrett and Logan Kons to regain a two-goal lead. Jarman and Brayden Stannard added late goals for a 6-2 win. Andrew Takacs made 24 saves in the win, while Marco Duronio made 26 saves in the loss.
New Mexico 0 @ Amarillo 2 - The Amarillo Bulls completed a three-game weekend home sweep of the New Mexico Ice Wolves with a 2-0 victory on Sunday night. The Bulls opened the scoring in the 1st period as Adam Kolcon would take a cross-ice feed from Matt Allen to score his second of the season on the powerplay. The 2nd period saw Amarillo extend its lead to 2-0, when Joshua Burke jabbed home his second of the season after a loose puck rested underneath a sprawled out New Mexico goaltender. Max Gutjahr would stop 25 of 25 shots while earning his first career shutout, and his 11th victory on the season. Henrik Laursen took the loss, making 42 saves.