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Men's Ice Hockey Hosts Boston University in Nationally Televised Games
The University of Maine men's ice hockey team hosts Boston University this weekend in a pair of games. The two teams will open their weekend series on Friday, Feb. 15 with a game that will be featured on NBCSN. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 PM on Friday night. The two teams will conclude their weekend series on Saturday, Feb. 16 in a game that will be televised on NESN. That game will feature a 7 PM puck drop. Both teams are looking to move up in the standings and looking for valuable Hockey East points.
MAINE VS. BOSTON UNIVERSITY ON NBCSN: The game on Friday night will be televised on NBCSN. John Walton will call the play-by-play, while Ken Hodge will provide color commentary.
A LOOK BACK: Maine dropped a 3-0 decision to Vermont last Saturday night in Burlington, Vt. After a scoreless first period, Vermont got on the scoreboard at 19:12 of the second period. Chris McCarthy fired the puck towards the net from the boards and Kyle Reynolds tipped it past Maine goalie Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec). Reynolds scored his second goal of the game 3:58 into the third period to give the Catamounts a 2-0 lead. Vermont capped the scoring with a power play goal at 8:30 of the third period when McCarthy scored his seventh of the season.
Vermont outshot Maine 32-19 in the game. The Black Bears were scoreless in four power play chances, while Vermont finished the game 1-for-5 with the man advantage.
Ouellette made 29 saves in goal for the Black Bears and falls to 6-8-5 on the season. Brody Hoffman stopped 19 shots for the Catamounts and improves to 8-14-4.
SCOUTING THE BLACK BEARS: Maine is led by Joey Diamond (Long Beach, N.Y.) who has 10 goals and five assists for 15 points. Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) has two goals and 11 assists for 13 points. Connor Leen (Chester, N.Y.) is chipping in with seven goals and five assists for 12 points. Kyle Beattie (Avondale, Ariz.) has four goals and five assists for nine points. Ryan Lomberg (Richmond Hill, Ontario) has five goals and three assists for eight points. Mike Cornell (Franklin, Mass.) also has eight points on two goals and six assists. Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario) is chipping in with two goals and five assists for seven points, while Steven Swavely (Reading, Pa.) has a goal and six assists for seven points as well. Jon Swavely (Reading, Pa.), Will Merchant (Eagan, Minn.) and Mark Anthoine (Lewiston, Maine) all have two goals and three assists for five points. Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) has a pair of goals and two assists for four points. Adam Shemansky (Robbinsville, N.J.) and Stu Higgins (Troy, Mich.) each have a goal and three assists for four points. Mark Nemec (Rouses Point, N.Y.) has two goals and an assist for three points, while Bill Norman (Stockholm, Sweden) is adding a goal and two assists for three points. Brice O'Connor (Londonderry, N.H.) has three points via three assists. Nick Pryor (St. Paul, Minn.) and Martin Ouellette each have two assists on the season. Klas Leidermark (Gavle, Sweden) and Kyle Williams (Bowdoinham, Maine) each have a goal, while Andrew Cerretani (Pelham, N.H.) has chipped in with an assist.
Martin Ouellette has played in 20 games in goal. He is 6-8-5 with a 2.16 goals against average and a .924 save percentage. Matt Morris (Ridgewood, N.J.) is 2-1-0 with a 2.83 goals against average and a .881 save percentage. Dan Sullivan (York, Pa.) is 0-6-0 with a 3.34 goals against average and a .898 save percentage.
PLAYED AS SCHEDULED: Maine game at Vermont last weekend was one of the lone games in Hockey East that was played as scheduled due to winter storm Nemo. The Black Bears, who were scheduled to leave on Friday at noon for Vermont, left Thursday at 6 PM to beat the storm and made it to Vermont before the snow started.
OUELLETTE NAMED HOCKEY EAST GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH: Ouellette was named the Hockey East Goaltender of the Month for January on Tuesday, Jan. 29. He finished 3-2-2 in the month with a 1.82 goals against average and a .937 save percentage. Ouellette backstopped Maine's weekend sweep of then #3 Boston College and also has a win over Mercyhurst. He recorded 1-1 ties at Northeastern and against Merrimack. He recorded 25 saves or more in five of Maine's seven games in January.
JUST SCORE THREE GOALS: The secret is to just score three goals. Maine is a perfect 6-0-0 when scoring three goals or more.
OUELLETTE SETS A CAREER-HIGH WITH 35 SAVES: Martin Ouellette had a career-high 35 saves in Maine's 4-3 win over UMass Lowell on Feb. 3. His previous career mark was 34 set at Boston College on Jan. 25.
WINNING AT BOSTON COLLEGE: Maine's wins at Boston College the weekend of Jan. 25 and 26 were noteworthy for several reasons. It was the first time that Maine has won at Conte Forum since Oct. 28, 2005. It was the first time that Maine has swept a series at Boston College since Jan. 1993. Maine's sweep of the Eagles in 1993 was the last time that Boston College has been swept at home in a weekend series prior to this past weekend.
DIAMOND NETS 50TH CAREER GOAL: Senior Joey Diamond scored his 50th career goal in Maine's game against Merrimack on Jan. 19. Diamond has 55 goals and 40 assists for 95 career points.
OUELLETTE STEALS THE SHOW: Martin Ouellette stole the show the weekend of Jan. 25 and 26 at Boston College. He made a then career-high 34 saves, including several in spectacular fashion on Friday night. His previous career-high was 32 saves that he recorded in a shutout of Providence his freshman season. On Saturday, he finished nine seconds shy of recording his third career shutout.
GETTING THE GAME-WINNER: Ryan Lomberg has five career goals and three of them have been game-winners. He has scored three of Maine's eight game-winning goals on the season.
FILLING IN ON D: What makes Maine's wins over Boston College even more remarkable is that three of its regular defensemen were sidelined with injuries and did not play in the series. Nick Pryor, Brice O'Connor and Ben Hutton were all out during the series.
FLORIDA COLLEGE CLASSIC CHAMPIONS: Maine won its second straight Florida College Classic on Dec. 28 and 29. The Black Bears became the first team in the 13 year history of the tournament to win back-to-back titles. Kyle Beattie was named the Shawn Walsh Most Valuable Player, while Devin Shore and Matt Morris were each named to the All-Tournament team.
DIAMOND MAINE'S ALL-TIME PENALTY LEADER: Joey Diamond has 405 career penalty minutes, the most in Maine history. He surpassed Prestin Ryan (2001-04) with six penalty minutes in the game against Massachusetts on Nov. 16. In other words, Diamond has spent six hours and 45 minutes in the penalty box.
MERCHANT LIKES PLAYING BOSTON COLLEGE: Will Merchant has two career goals and both have come against Boston College. He scored his first collegiate goal on Nov. 2 against the then top-ranked Eagles. In addition, four of his five career points have come against the Eagles.
SIX STRAIGHT GAMES FOR DIAMOND: Senior Joey Diamond had tallied a goal in six straight games against Vermont, before seeing that streak come to an end on Feb. 9. He had a goal against the Catamounts in the final game between the two teams during the 2010-2011 season. He scored a goal in each of the three games last season and notched a goal in each game against Vermont the weekend of Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
FIRST CAREER GOAL: Eight different Black Bears have tallied their first career goal this season:
Steven Swavely Oct. 6 vs. Quinnipiac
Will Merchant Nov. 2 vs. Boston College
Ben Hutton Nov. 9 at UMass Lowell
Devin Shore Nov. 10 at UMass Lowell
Kyle Williams Nov. 10 at UMass Lowell
Jake Rutt Nov. 16 vs. Massachusetts
Ryan Lomberg Dec. 28 vs. Minnesota Duluth
Bill Norman Jan. 11 at Northeastern
LEEN MEAN SCORING MACHINE: After scoring just a single goal in his rookie season, sophomore Connor Leen is second on the team in goals scored with seven. His 12 points are third most on the team.
A COMEBACK AGAINST CORNELL: Maine trailed Cornell 3-0 on Dec. 29 in the title game of the 2012 Florida College Classic before scoring five straight goals to take a 5-3 lead. The Black Bears finished the game with a season high six goals.
AS OF LATE: In Maine's last 19 games, the team has posted a mark of 7-7-5. Four of Maine's seven losses have come by just one goal. In Maine's last nine games, the Black Bears have allowed just one goal in four of those games. If you look further back, in Maine's last 14 games the team has allowed one goal or less in seven of those contests.
MARK NEMEC NAMED SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE: Mark Nemec has been named one of 20 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. From these 20 candidates, a national media committee selected 10 finalists for the 2012-2013 Senior CLASS Award, however Nemec was not one of those. Those 10 finalists will be placed on an official ballot for a national vote. The award honors seniors who are committed to staying in school and portraying the values of community, classroom, character and competition.
GAA DROPPING FOR MAINE: In Maine's last 19 games, the Black Bears have given up an average of 2.26 goals per game. Only three times in that span did the Black Bears give up more than three goals. Maine defeated Cornell 6-4, but fell to Mercyhurst 5-2 and Merrimack 6-0. Mercyhurst scored a pair of empty net goals in its 5-2 win.
OUELLETTE AMONG HOCKEY EAST LEADERS: Martin Ouellette ranks second in Hockey East with a 2.16 goals against average. He ranks 20th in the nation in GAA. In addition, he is fourth in the conference in save percentage at .924.
50 POINTS: Senior Kyle Beattie tallied his 50th career point on Saturday, Dec. 29 in the 2012 Florida College Classic. He becomes the third Black Bear to reach the milestone. He currently has 54 career points. Senior Adam Shemansky tallied his 50th career point on Saturday, Dec. 1 against Vermont. He currently has 51 career points. Joey Diamond has currently scored 95 points in his University of Maine career.
FRESHMAN LEADING THE WAY FOR THE BLACK BEARS: Maine's freshman class is leading the way on offense. The rookie have scored 35.3 percent of Maine's total offense. The senior class is second with 34.4 percent of the total offense. The sophomores are adding in with 18.0 percent of the offense, while the juniors have scored 12.3 percent of the total points.
SIX GOALS: Maine scored a season-high six goals in its win over Cornell in the Florida College Classic Title game. It is the most goals that the Black Bears have scored since defeating Northeastern 7-1 on Feb. 25, 2012.
OUELLETTE A REGULAR AMONG THE THREE STARS AS OF LATE: Martin Ouellette has been a fixture among the three starts of late. He was the top star in Maine's win over UMass Lowell. He finished as the second star in four games and the third star in three games as well.
MAINE'S DEFENSE CHIPPING IN ON OFFENSE: In Maine's 4-3 win over UMass Lowell on Nov. 10, five of the six assists in the game were tallied by defensemen. Mike Cornell dished out a pair of assists, while Nick Pryor, Brice O'Connor and Ben Hutton each had one.
STARTING NINE STRAIGHT: Junior netminder Martin Ouellette had started the past nine games for the Black Bears before rookie Matt Morris got the start on Saturday, Jan. 5 against Mercyhurst. It is the first time in his career that he has got the start in nine straight. He once started three straight games as a freshman. He has currently started nine straight games in goal once again for the Black Bears.
100 GAMES PLATEAU: Maine has six different players who have seen action in 100 or more career games. Joey Diamond and Mark Nemec lead the way, each having seen action in 127 games. Adam Shemansky has played in 122 games, while Mike Cornell has skated in 118. Kyle Beattie reached the milestone at the Florida College Classic and has played in 109 career games. Mark Anthoine played in his 100th career game on Feb. 3 against UMass Lowell. He was the first junior to reach the plateau. He has currently seen action in 101 career games.
RILEY ON DEFENSE: Conor Riley played the first 17 games of the season for Maine at forward. After missing four games with an injury, he returned to the lineup and played as a defenseman in Maine's last seven games due to a rash of injuries to Maine's defensive corps. He was the EJHL's Defenseman of the Year last season.
CAREER-HIGH 41 SAVES: Maine goalie Dan Sullivan stopped a career high 41 shots on Sunday, Nov. 4 in Maine's 4-0 loss to New Hampshire. His previous career-high of 39 saves was set in the 2012 Hockey East title game and tied on Oct. 27 at Providence.
54 SHOTS ON GOAL: Maine recorded 54 shots on goal in its 4-3 win over Army on Oct. 13 in the 2012 Ice Breaker Tournament. It is the most shots on goal for the Black Bears since registering 61 shots against UMass in the Hockey East title game in 2004. Maine won that game in four overtimes.
GETTING THE START: Martin Ouellette got the start in goal for the Black Bears on Friday, Oct. 26 at Providence. It was his first start since Nov. 11, 2011 against UMass Lowell. Three of Ouellette's four career wins prior to this year had come against Providence. Ouellette also got the start for Maine against top-ranked Boston College on Nov. 2.
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.
WHAT'S NEW: Maine adds eight newcomers for the 2012-2013 season. Ben Hutton, Conor Riley and Kyle Williams join the Black Bears on defense. Also seeing action this year will be redshirt freshman Bill Norman. 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 who led the Muskegon Lumberjacks in scoring last season. Will Merchant, who was captain for Eagan High School last year, recently played in the 2012 All-American Prospects game. Devin Shore, 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 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 on Oct. 6 vs. Quinnipiac. 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 the first three games of the season, prior to Jon getting hurt.
THREE NEW CAPTAINS FOR THE BLACK BEARS: Maine has three captains for the 2012-2013 season. Mike Cornell, Joey Diamond and Mark Nemec will each wear a C for the Black Bears this season.
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.
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 LED 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.
O'CONNOR, CONNOR AND CONOR: Connor is a popular name on the Black Bears this season. Maine has junior defenseman Brice O'Connor, sophomore forward Connor Leen and freshman forward Conor Riley.
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.
A LOOK AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY: Boston University is 13-12-1 on the season and 10-7-1 in Hockey East play. The Terriers are led by Cason Hohmann who has seven goals and 18 assists for 25 points. Danny O'Regan is adding 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points. Wade Megan has a team-high 13 goals and nine assists for 22 points. Evan Rodrigues is chipping in with nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points. Matt Nieto has seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points. Matt Grzelcyk is chipping in with two goals and 15 assists for 17 points. Garrett Noonan is adding four goals and 11 assists for 15 points, while Sahir Gill has six goals and eight assists for 14 points.
Matt O'Connor has played in 16 games in goal. He is 7-7-1 with a 2.91 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. Sean Maguire has seen action in 11 games. He is 6-5-0 with a 2.95 goals against average and a .905 save percentage.
Boston University is coached by Jack Parker (Boston University '68) who is in his 40th season. He has a record of 889-468-114. He is assisted by associate head coach Mike Bavis and assistant coaches Buddy Powers and Mike Geragosian.
MAINE AND BOSTON UNIVERSITY ALL-TIME: Maine and Boston University have met 118 times with the Terriers holding a 57-48-13 lead in the all-time series. Boston University recorded a 1-0 win in the last meetings between the two schools on Dec. 8, 2012. Garrett Noonan scored a power play goal for the Terriers at 7:13 of the first period and it proved to be the difference in the game. Maine outshot BU 28-21. Martin Ouellette made 20 saves and was named the game's third star. Sean Maguire stopped all 28 shots that he faced to earn the shutout.