Men's Ice Hockey Travels to St. Lawrence to Open 2013-14 Season
The University of Maine men's ice hockey team plays its season-opener on Friday, Oct. 11 at St. Lawrence. The two teams will also play on Saturday night to complete the two-game series. The game will mark the debut of new Maine head coach Red Gendron.
A LOOK AT THE EXHIBITION GAME: Maine hosted Dalhousie, a Canadian school, last Sunday afternoon in an exhibition game. The Black Bears defeated the Tigers 5-1 behind goals from five different players. Ryan Lomberg (Richmond Hill, Ontario), Andrew Cerretani (Pelham, N.H.) and Connor Leen (Chester, N.Y.) scored first period goals to give Maine a 3-0 lead after one period of play. After a scoreless second period, Chris Ivanko put the Tigers on the board at 2:48 of the third period with a power play goal. Maine answered back on goals by Cam Brown (Natick, Mass.) and Steven Swavely (Reading, Pa.) to make it a 5-1 final.
Maine held a 42-18 edge in shots on goal in the game. The Black Bears were 1-for-4 on the power play, while Dalhousie converted one of its 11 chances.
Maine goalie Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec) made 17 saves in goal for the Black Bears, while Bobby Nadeau made 37 saves for the Tigers.
A LOOK AT THE RETURNERS: Maine returns 18 players from the 2012-2013 season. Among the returners are five of its top seven scorers from last season.
Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) leads the way as he finished with six goals and 20 assists for 26 points last year. Classmate Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario) was Maine's top scorer from the blueline as he finished with four goals and 11 assists for 15 points. Sophomores Ryan Lomberg and Steven Swavely each tallied 14 points in their first season at Maine. Lomberg had seven goals and seven assists, while Swavely notched six goals and eight assists. Connor Leen finished with seven goals and five assists for 12 points. Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) added four goals and six assists for 10 points. Mark Anthoine (Lewiston, Maine), Will Merchant (Eagan, Minn.), Jon Swavely (Reading, Pa.) and Stu Higgins (Troy, Mich.) each chipped in with seven points on the season.
Martin Ouellette played in 30 games in goal for the Black Bears last season. He finished with a record of 9-12-8 with a 2.42 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. Dan Sullivan (York, Pa.) and Matt Morris (Ridgewood, N.J.) each saw action in six games. Morris was 2-1-0 with a 2.83 goals against average and a .881 save percentage, while Sullivan, who was Maine's starter as a sophomore, finished 0-6-0 with a 3.34 goals against average and a .898 save percentage.
CAPTAINS OF THE BLACK BEARS: The team voted on captains the last week of September and Brice O'Connor was selected as captain while Mark Anthoine and Devin Shore were selected as alternate or assistant captains.
A WELCOME TO MAINE'S NEWCOMERS: The Black Bears have 10 newcomers on the team this season. Andrew Tegeler is a junior transfer, who will play forward for the Black Bears. Matt Strickrott is a sophomore goalie. Cam Brown, Blaine Byron, Brady Campbell, Zach Glienke, Josh Henke and Brian Morgan join the Black Bears as freshman forwards. Dan Renouf and Eric Schurhamer will play on the blueline for the Black Bears.
A NEW LOOK TO THE MAINE STAFF: Maine enters the 2013-2014 season with an entirely new coaching staff. Red Gendron (New England College '79) was named head coach of the Black Bears in late May. Gendron previously served as an assistant coach at Maine under Shawn Walsh and was on the staff of Maine's 1992-93 national championship team. After his initial stint at Maine, Gendron went on to coach in the National Hockey League with the New Jersey Devils, where he was part of their Stanley Cup team in 1995. Last season, he won a NCAA Championship as an associate head coach with the Yale Bulldogs.
Jay Leach (New Haven '78) was named associate head coach in late June. Leach also served as an assistant coach under legendary Maine coach Shawn Walsh and then went on to coach 22 years in the National Hockey League. He brings 30 years of coaching experience to the Black Bears.
Ben Guite (Maine '00), who was part of Maine's 1999 National Championship team, joins the coaching staff this season as well. Following his graduation from Maine, Guite when on to play professional hockey for 13 years. Guite played 175 career games in the NHL for the Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and the Nashville Predators.
John Racine will serve as Maine's volunteer assistant this season. He will work primarily with Maine's goaltenders. Racine has collegiate coaching experience as he served as an assistant with the Colby women's team.
aul Culina (Norwich '91) will serve as director of hockey operations and athletic trainer for the Black Bears. Matt Murray (Endicott College '10) joins the staff for his first season as strength and conditioning coach for the men's ice hockey team. Laura Reed (Maine '98) returns as assistant athletic director for public relations and works primarily with the men's ice hockey program. Cristina Kerluke (Maine '03) serves as the team's liaison for academic support services, while Kevin Ritz returns as Maine's equipment manager.
SCOUTING THE SAINTS: St. Lawrence finished 18-16-4 lasr season with a 9-9-4 mark in ECAC play. The Saints are led by 2013 Hobey Baker Top-10 finalist Greg Carey who scored 28 goals and added 23 assists for 51 points in 38 games a year ago. He has 128 career points in 114 games played. Jeremy Wick scored 14 goals and added 14 assists for 28 points last year. Justin Baker scored five goals added 21 assists for 26 points. Gunnar Hughes chipped in with seven goals and 16 assists for 23 points, while Chris Martin added seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points.
he Saints return Matt Weninger who played in all 38 games in goal last season. He finished 18-16-4 with a 2.79 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. He recorded a pair of shutouts.
Saint Lawrence is coached by Greg Carvel (St. Lawrence '93) who is in his third season. He has a record of 32-35-7. He is assisted by Mike Hurlbut (St. Lawrence '89), Kris Mayotte (Union '06) and Aisha Visram (Guelph '07).
BLACK BEAR SLAP SHOTS: Maine and St. Lawrence have met on the ice 17 times, with the Black Bears holding a 11-6-0 edge in the all-time series... The Saints swept a two-game series in Orono last season, winning 5-0 the first night and 5-1 in game two... Maine last beat St. Lawrence on Nov. 28, 2009 in a game played at the Cumberland Country Civic Center in Portland, Maine 10-1... That was the last time that Maine scored 10 goals in a game... Maine last played a series at Appleton Arena in Canton, N.Y. on Oct. 24 and 25, 2003... Devin Shore is the lone Maine player to have scored a point against St. Lawrence... He has an assist in Mark Nemec's goal last season... Both Dan Sullivan and Matt Morris saw time in each game last year.
COACHING DEBUT: Head Coach Red Gendron seeks to win his collegiate debut on Friday night at St. Lawrence. Tim Whitehead won his Maine debut on Oct. 12, 2001 with a 9-1 victory over Bowling Green. Shawn Walsh fell in his debut at New Hampshire 4-2 on Oct. 16, 1984, but the game was later forfeited as UNH used an ineligible player. Jack Semler fell in his collegiate debut to Salem State 2-1 in overtime on Nov. 26, 1977 as a Division II program. He also lost his Division I debut to Boston University 5-3 on Nov. 20, 1979.
HOCKEY EAST TOP SCHOLAR-ATHLETES: Maine sophomores Devin Shore and Kyle Williams shared the honor of 2013 Hockey East Top Scholar-Athlete. Both compiled a perfect 4.0 grade point average during their freshman seasons. Each was also named to the 2012-2013 Hockey East Academic All-Star Team, honoring the top grade point averages by position.
MAINE WELL REPRESENTED ON THE 2012-2013 HOCKEY EAST ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM. Mark Nemec was named a Hockey East Distinguished Scholar, for having a 3.0 or better in each semester over his four varsity seasons. Brice O'Connor, Dan Sullivan and Jon Swavely were honored for the third time in their career. Mark Anthoine, Andrew Cerretani, Connor Leen and Adam Shemansky were all honored for the second time. Ben Hutton, Ryan Lomberg, Will Merchant, Martin Ouellette, Nick Pryor, Conor Riley, Devin Shore, Steven Swavely and Kyle Williams were honored for the first time in their career.
MAINE SCHOLAR-ATHLETES: Men's ice hockey was well represented last March when Maine announced it scholar-athletes. Ben Hutton, Ryan Lomberg, Will Merchant, Matt Morris, Conor Riley, Devin Shore, Steven Swavely and Kyle Williams were all named *Rising Stars* having a 3.0 or higher GPA in their first semester at Maine. Andrew Cerretani, Stu Higgins, Connor Leen, Bill Norman and Jake Rutt received bronze medals as they were honored for the first time. Mark Anthoine, Kyle Beattie, Brice O'Connor, Nick Pryor, Dan Sullivan and Jon Swavely earned silver medals as they received recognition for the second time. Mike Cornell and Adam Shemansky earned gold medals as they were honored for the third time. Mark Nemec received a double gold as he was honored for the fourth time.
A HOMECOMING FOR RILEY: The season-opener at St. Lawrence will be a homecoming for Maine sophomore Conor Riley. Riley is a native of Massena, N.Y., which is approximately 30 miles northeast of Canton, where St. Lawrence is located. Maine has a rich tradition of players from this area as former standout and current Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard is a native of Ogdensburg, N.Y., about 18 miles northwest of Canton. It is also about 100 miles away from Rouses Point, N.Y., the hometown of 2013 captain Mark Nemec.
SOPHOMORE CAPTAIN: It is rare that a sophomore has been named a captain. Prior to Shore, the last sophomore to wear a letter was Jeff Mushaluk during the 2003-04 season. He actually wore an 'A' on his jersey prior to appearing in a game for the Black Bears. Mushaluk transferred from Lake Superior State University and was forced to sit out a year. He was a captain his sophomore and junior seasons, but did not use his final year of eligibility. Paul Kariya was also named a sophomore captain during the 1993-94 campaign.
DRAFTED BEARS: Four members of the University of Maine men's ice hockey team are currently drafted by NHL teams. The following is the list of drafted Black Bears:
Name Year Round Overall Team
Blaine Byron 2013 6 179 Pittsburgh
Devin Shore 2012 2 61 Dallas
Ben Hutton 2012 5 147 Vancouver
Martin Ouellette 2010 7 184 Columbus
SHORE LEADS TEAM IN SCORING IN 2012-13: Then freshman Devin Shore led the team in scoring last season. He scored six goals and dished out 20 assists for 26 points. Prior to last season, Gustav Nyquist was the last rookie to lead the team in scoring when he accomplished the feat during the 2008-09 season.
BLACK BEARS ON NHL OPENING DAY ROSTERS: Maine had five different players listed on 2013 NHL opening day roster. Ben Bishop and Teddy Purcell were on the roster of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Brian Flynn was on the Buffalo Sabres roster, while Jimmy Howard was Detroit's opening day starter in goal. Dustin Penner is playing this season for the Anaheim Ducks. Spencer Abbott made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, Oct. 5.
FOLLOW THE BLACK BEARS: The University of Maine men's ice hockey team will appear on television numerous times during the 2013–14 season. The games will be carried on WVII ABC 7, WFVX Fox Bangor and FCS nationally. Maine is also scheduled to appear on the NBCSN three times during the 2013-14 season. NESN will carry Maine's game against Boston University at Citi Frozen Fenway.
ll University of Maine hockey games are carried live over the air by WVOM 103.9 FM in Bangor, Maine. Games can also be heard on WGUY 1230 AM (Bangor), WGUY 94.1 (Bangor), WVQM 101.3 (Augusta), WSYY 1240 AM (Millinocket), WLOB 1310 AM (Portland), WJJB 96.3 (Portland), WRED 1440 AM (Portland) and WRKD 1450 (Rockland). Internet audio can be found through www.GoBlackBears.com.
an Hannigan (left) returns to handle the play-by-play duties for his 18th season. He has called many memorable moments in Maine hockey history, including the overtime game-winner in the 1999 National Championship game. Joining Hannigan in the booth for most games will be Bangor Daily News beat writer Larry Mahoney. Mahoney has been covering the Black Bears for more than 30 years.
any home games and select road games will also be broadcast by the University of Maine student radio station, WMEB (91.9 FM).