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Men's Ice Hockey Travels to Kansas City, Mo. for 2012 Ice Breaker Tournament
The University of Maine men's ice hockey team hits the road for the first time this season when it travels to Kansas City, Mo. to participate in the 2012 Ice Breaker Tournament. Maine faces Notre Dame the first night, and then either Nebraska-Omaha or Army the following night. The two first round games will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network with Dave Strader calling the play-by-play and Pierre McGuire providing color commentary. Maine is the only one of the four teams to have played a regular season game this year.
2012 ICE BREAKER TOURNAMENT: Maine will participate in the Ice Breaker for the third time in the 16 years of the tournament. Maine hosted the 2001 Ice Breaker with Bowling Green, Clarkson and tournament champion St. Cloud State participating. In 2005, the Black Bears traveled to Colorado College with Air Force, Union and host Colorado College, which won the tournament. The Kansas City Sports Commission will host the 2012 Ice Breaker with the games being played at the Sprint Center.
A LOOK BACK: Steven Swavely (Reading, Pa.) notched a goal in his first collegiate game with an assist from his older brother, Jon, but Maine dropped a 2-1 decision to Quinnipiac last Saturday night in the season-opener. Travis St. Denis tied the game at 1-1 just 2:00 into the second period for the Bobcats. Jordan Samuels-Thomas notched the game-winner at 18:34 of the third period as Quinnipiac earned the 2-1 victory.
Maine outshot Quinnipiac 32-18 in the game. Maine goalie Dan Sullivan (York, Pa.) made 16 saves in goal for the Black Bears, while Eric Hartzell stopped 31 shots. Maine was 0-for-5 on the power play, while Quinnipiac was scoreless in a pair of chances.
STEVEN SWAVELY NAMED HOCKEY EAST PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Steven Swavely was named the Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week on Monday, Oct. 8. Swavely scored Maine's lone goal in the season-opener against Quinnipiac, with an assist from his older brother, Jon.
A LOOK AT THE RETURNING PLAYERS: Maine returns 17 letterwinners from the 2011-2012 season, including leading goal scorer Joey Diamond (Long Beach, N.Y.). Diamond, who finished fourth in the nation in goals per game, tallied 25 goals and dished out 22 assists for 47 points a year ago. Kyle Beattie (Avondale, Ariz.) scored a career high 27 points last season on six goals and 21 assists. Adam Shemansky (Robbinsville, N.J.) added 11 goals and 10 assists for 21 points. Mark Anthoine (Lewiston, Maine) scored 12 goals and added seven assists for 19 points. Nick Pryor (St. Paul, Minn.) tallied two goals and 11 assists for 13 points on defense. Fellow blueliners Brice O'Connor (Londonderry, N.H.) and Mike Cornell (Franklin, Mass.) chipped in with nine and eight points, respectively.
an Sullivan (York, Pa.) played in 36 games in goal. He finished 22-11-3 with a 2.59 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec) saw action in nine games. He finished 1-3-0 with a 3.42 goals against average and a .871 save percentage.
WHAT'S NEW: Maine adds eight newcomers for the 2012-2013 season. Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario), Conor Riley (Massena, NY.) and Kyle Williams (Bowdoinham, Maine) join the Black Bears on defense. Also seeing action this year will be redshirt freshman Bill Norman (Stockholm, Sweden). Hutton, who was a fifth round draft choice of the Vancouver Canucks, played last season for the Nepean Raiders. Riley, who can play both forward and defense, was the EJHL Defensive Player of the Year in 2011-2012. Williams comes to the Black Bears via the New Hampshire Monarchs, where he helped lead the team to the 2012 EJHL title.
mong the forwards are Ryan Lomberg (Richmond Hill, Ontario) who led the Muskegon Lumberjacks in scoring last season. Will Merchant (Eagan, Minn.), who was captain for Eagan High School last year, recently played in the 2012 All-American Prospects game. Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario), who was selected in the second round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, played for the Whitby Fury last year. He scored 58 points in 41 games last year. Steven Swavely was captain a year ago for the New Jersey Hitmen, where he averaged over a point a game.
oalie Matt Morris (Ridgewood, N.J.) played for former Maine captain Jim Montgomery and the Dubuque Fighting Sioux. He finished 19-13-2 with a 2.58 goals against average and a .904 save percentage.
A MEMORABLE GAME FOR THE SWAVELY FAMILY: Rookie Steven Swavely scored his first collegiate goal just 3:41 into his first game. What makes the feat even more memorable was that the goal was scored on an assist from his older brother, Jon. The Swavely brothers played on the same line in the first game of the season.
THREE NEW CAPTAINS FOR THE BLACK BEARS: Maine has three captains for the 2012-2013 season. Mike Cornell, Joey Diamond and Mark Nemec (Rouses Point, N.Y.) will each wear a C for the Black Bears this season.
PLAYING IN 100 GAMES: Mark Nemec played in his 100th career game on Saturday, Oct. 6 against Quinnipiac. He became the second Black Bear to reach the 100 games played plateau, joining teammate Joey Diamond. Diamond has seen action in 103 games in his career.
A GOAL IN GAME ONE: Steven Swavely became the first Black Bear rookie to get a goal in his collegiate debut since Adam Shemansky scored in his opening game against Union on Oct. 9, 2009.
ALL-AMERICAN PROSPECTS GAME: Will Merchant played in the inaugural All-American Prospects Game on Saturday, Sept. 29 in Buffalo, N.Y. The game featured the 40 top American prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft.
DIAMOND SECOND AMONG ALL-TIME PENALTY LEADERS: Joey Diamond has 337 career penalty minutes, which ranks second most in Maine history. He is 22 penalty minutes shy of Prestin Ryan's school record of 359 career penalty minutes.
A PAIR OF BROTHERS: Maine has a pair of brothers on the team this season in Jon and Steven Swavely. Jon, a junior on the team, is joined by his younger brother, Steven. They become the 11th pair of brothers in Maine history joining: David and Jack Capuano, Chris and Peter Ferraro, Barrett and Chris Heisten, John and Keenan Hopson, Paul, Steve and Martin Kariya, Anders and Magnus Lundback, Mike and Matt Lundin, Jason and Shawn Mansoff, Jim and John Tortorella, Eric and Jason Weinrich.
ANTHOINE, DIAMOND LEAD NATION IN POWER PLAY GOALS LAST SEASON: Mark Anthoine and Joey Diamond each scored 11 power play goals last season to tie for the national lead. Maine finished second as a team in power play percentage. In addition, then senior Spencer Abbott led the nation in points per game and assists per game.
FEELING A DRAFT: A pair of Black Bears were selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Freshman Devin Shore was chosen in the Second Round, 61st overall, by the Dallas Stars. Classmate Ben Hutton was taken in the Fifth Round, 147th overall by the Vancouver Canucks.
TWENTY-TWO BLACK BEARS WERE HONORED ON SCHOLAR-ATHLETE DAY: Twenty-two Black Bears were honored on Sunday, Feb. 5 for their academics at Scholar-Athlete Day. Pietro Antonelli, Andrew Cerretani, Stu Higgins, Connor Leen, Bill Norman, John Parker and Jake Rutt were named *Rising Stars*, for achieving a 3.0 or better in their first semester at Maine. Mark Anthoine, Kyle Beattie, Brian Flynn, Klas Leidermark, Brice O'Connor, Nick Pryor, Dan Sullivan and Jon Swavely earned Bronze Medals. Mike Cornell, Ryan Hegarty and Adam Shemansky earned Silver Medals as they were honored for the second time. Spencer Abbott, Theo Andersson, Mark Nemec and Josh Seeley received Gold Medals as third time honorees.
STREAKING BLACK BEARS: Four returning Black Bears played in all 40 games last season. The following is the current consecutive games streak:
Kyle Beattie 59
Mark Anthoine 56
Adam Shemansky 45
Mark Nemec 43