Men's Ice Hockey Hosts Bentley on Homecoming Weekend
The University of Maine men's ice hockey hosts Bentley on Saturday night in its first regular season home game. The Black Bears dropped a pair of games at St. Lawrence last weekend to open the regular season. Bentley is 1-2-0 on the season.
A LOOK BACK: Maine dropped a pair of games at St. Lawrence last weekend. On Saturday night, Maine opened the scoring with a goal from Ryan Lomberg (Richmond Hill, Ontario) just 4:27 into the opening stanza. Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) assisted on the goal for the Black Bears. The Saints tied the game early in the second period when Gavin Bayreuther notched his second goal of the weekend. St. Lawrence took the lead on a goal by Jeremy Wick with just eight second left in the second period. Mark Anthoine (Lewiston, Maine) knotted the score at 2-2 with a power play goal at the 12 minute mark of the third period. St. Lawrence, however, scored three unanswered goals, including an empty-net tally, to earn the 5-2 win.
St. Lawrence outshot Maine by a slim 37-35 edge in the game. Maine was 1-for-5 on the power play, while St. Lawrence converted one of its two chances.
Maine goalie Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec) made 32 saves in goal and falls to 0-2 on the season. Matt Weninger made 33 saves for St. Lawrence and improves to 2-0-0.
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 (Reading, Pa.) 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 (Chester, N.Y.) finished with seven goals and five assists for 12 points. Jake Rutt added four goals and six assists for 10 points. Mark Anthoine, 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.
95 GAMES AND COUNTING FOR ANTHOINE: Maine senior assistant/alternate captain Mark Anthoine has currently played in 95 consecutive games for the Black Bears, the longest stretch on the Maine team.
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 BENTLEY FALCONS: Bentley, which is located in Waltham, Mass. and which plays in the Atlantic Hockey Conference, is 1-2 on the season. The Falcons split a pair of games at Nebraska-Omaha last weekend before dropping a 3-1 decision to Sacred Heart on Wednesday night. Bentley is led by Steve Weinstein who has four assists for four points. Max French leads the team in goals scored with three. Brett Gensler and Alex Grieve each have two goals and an assist for three points as well. Derek Bacon is chipping in with a goal and an assist, while Andrew Gladiuk has tallied a goal.
Branden Komm has played in all three games in goal. He is 1-2-0 with a 3.37 goals against average and a .895 save percentage.
Bentley is coached by Ryan Soderquist (Bentley '00). He is in his 11th season and has a record of 138-210-45. He is assisted by former Black Bear Ben Murphy (Maine '05), Matt Curley (Clarkson '07) and Charlie Carkin (Massachusetts-Boston '92).
A FAMILIAR FACE: Former Maine forward Ben Murphy (2001–05) is in his fifth season as an assistant coach at Bentley. Murphy played in 141 games for the Black Bears and scored 15 goals and added 33 assists for 48 points. He scored the game-winning goal against UMass in the 2004 Hockey East Title game in triple overtime.
BLACK BEAR SLAP SHOTS: Maine and Bentley have met once and it was on Jan. 16, 2009... The Falcons won the game 3-1... No current Black Bear has seen action against Bentley...
LOOKING TO WIN THE HOME OPENER: Maine looks to win its home opener on Sunday night. The last time the Black Bears were victorious in their home opener was when they defeated UMass Lowell 8-2 on October 8, 2010.
COACHING DEBUT: Head Coach Red Gendron made his collegiate debut on Oct. 11 in Maine's game at St. Lawrence.
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.
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.
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.
Dan 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.
Many home games and select road games will also be broadcast by the University of Maine student radio station, WMEB (91.9 FM).