Men's Ice Hockey Hosts UMass for Weekend Series
The University of Maine men's ice hockey hosts UMass this weekend for a two-game non-conference series. Maine is coming off a 2-1 win over Bentley last weekend, while UMass swept a pair of games against Michigan State last weekend. Maine enters play this weekend with a mark of 1-2-0, 0-0-0 in Hockey East play, while UMass is 2-2-0, 0-1-0 in Hockey East play.
MAINE ON NATIONAL TELEVISION: Friday's game will be broadcast on the NBCSN. Dave Goucher will call the play-by-play for the game, while Ken Hodge will provide color commentary.
A LOOK BACK: Maine defeated Bentley 2-1 last Saturday night in its Alfond Arena opener for the Black Bears. Maine jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Jon Swavely (Reading, Pa.) put pressure on the Bentley defense and tipped the puck to Connor Leen (Chester, N.Y.). Leen made a great pass to Stu Higgins (Troy, Mich.) alone in front of the goal. Higgins beat Bentley goalie Branden Komm for his first goal of the season just 2:21 into the game. Bentley tied the game at 1-1 just over a minute and a half later. After a face-off, Maine attempted to clear the puck, but it went right to Andrew Gladiuk who fired the puck past Maine goalie Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec). The game remained tied until Leen and Higgins teamed up early in the second period. This time, Rutt began the play, getting the puck to Leen. Again, he found Higgins who beat Komm for his second goal in as many periods. Despite many great opportunities and power play chances, the game would end in a 2-1 win for the Black Bears.
Maine outshot Bentley 35-25 in the game. Both teams were 0-for-7 on the power play.
Ouellette made 24 saves in goal for the Black Bears and improves to 1-2-0 on the season. Branden Komm stopped 33 shots for the Falcons and falls to 1-3-0.
MAKING HIS RETURN FELT: Junior Stu Higgins missed the first weekend of the 2013-14 season with an injury, but made a big impact in his return on Saturday night against Bentley. Higgins scored both of Maine's goals in the 2-1 win. Higgins had scored just four goals in his first 75 career games for the Black Bears. In addition, Higgins won 10 of the 14 face-offs that he took in the game.
PICKING UP WIN NUMBER ONE: Maine head coach Red Gendron picked up his first career win as a head coach of the Black Bears on Saturday, Oct. 19 against Bentley. The Black Bears defeated Bentley 2-1 in the Alfond Arena opener.
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.
96 GAMES AND COUNTING FOR ANTHOINE: Maine senior assistant/alternate captain Mark Anthoine has currently played in 96 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.
Paul 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 UMASS MINUTEMEN: UMass is 2-2 on the season and 0-1-0 in Hockey East play. The Minutemen swept a weekend series with Michigan State last weekend winning 3-2 and 5-1. UMass is led by Steven Iacobellis who has three goals and an assist for four points. Troy Power has two goals and two assists for four points, while Joel Hanley is chipping in with four points on a goal and three assists. Branden Gracel is tied for the team lead in goals scored with three. Adam Phillips has a goal and two assists for three points, while Colin Shea and Ray Pigozzi have each dished out three assists.
Steve Mastalerz has played in all four games in goal for the Minutemen. He is 2-2-0 with a 2.53 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.
UMass is coached by John Micheletto (Dartmouth '90), who is in his second season. He is assisted by Joey Gasparini (Vermont '05) and Ryan Miller (Vermont '03).
A FAMILIAR FOE: Maine head coach Red Gendron is playing a familiar foe this weekend. Gendron served as an assistant coach for the Minutemen from 2005 to 2011. The team participated in the NCAA Tournament during the 2007 season and also made it to the Hockey East final four that year.
BLACK BEAR SLAP SHOTS: Maine and UMass have met 70 times with the Black Bears holding a 44-18-8 lead in the all-time series... Maine holds a 5-2-3 edge in the last 10 meetings... Maine last defeated UMass 2-0 on Feb. 22, 2013 at the Mullins Center... Maine's last win at Alfond Arena against UMass was on Feb. 17, 2012... Mark Anthoine leads all Black Bears in games played against UMass with nine... Jake Rutt and Ben Hutton both have scored four career points against the Minutemen... Rutt has two goals and two assists, while Hutton has a goal and three assists... Anthoine has three goals against UMass... Dan Sullivan has played in seven games against UMass and is 4-1-2 against the Minutemen with a 2.44 goals against average and a .907 save percentage... Martin Ouellette is 1-1-1 against the Minutemen with a 2.22 goals against average and a .923 save percentage.
WINNING THE HOME OPENER: Maine won its home opener on Sunday night. Prior to last Saturday, 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.
BLACK BEARS ON TELEVISION: Maine will have numerous games televised this season.
Date Opponent Station
Fri., Oct. 25 Massachusetts NBCSN
Sat., Oct 26 Massachusetts WVII ABC 7 / FCS
Sat., Nov. 15 Boston University WVII ABC 7 / FCS
Sat., Nov. 23 Boston College WFVX FOX 22 / FCS
Sat., Dec. 7 UMass Lowell WVII ABC 7 / FCS
Sat., Dec. 13 American International WFVX FOX 22 / FCS
Sat., Jan. 11 vs. Boston University (FF) NESN
Sat., Jan. 25 New Hampshire WFVX FOX 22 / FCS
Fri., Feb. 7 at Notre Dame NBCSN
Sat., Feb. 8 at Notre Dame NBCSN
Fri., Feb. 14 Merrimack WVII ABC 7 / FCS
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.
All 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 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).