Men's Ice Hockey Travels to UMass For Two Hockey East Conference Tilts
The University of Maine men's ice hockey team travels to UMass this weekend for a two-game Hockey East series with the Minutemen. It will be the third and fourth straight games between Maine and UMass. The Black Bears swept the non-conference series in Orono last weekend. These two games will be Hockey East Conference games. Maine enters the weekend with a mark of 3-2-0 having yet to play a conference game. UMass is 2-4-0 overall, 0-1-0 in Hockey East action.
A LOOK BACK: The University of Maine men's ice hockey team extended its winning streak to three games with an 8-4 win over UMass last Saturday night. UMass opened the scoring with a short-handed goal at 2:43 of the opening period by Troy Power. The Minutemen took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission. Maine then exploded for six second period goals to take a 6-2 lead. Josh Henke (Trenton, Mich.) tied the game at 1-1 with his first collegiate goal just 1:33 into the game. UMass answered back with a power play goal by Michael Pereira at 6:39. Maine tied the game at 2-2 when rookie Brian Morgan (Windham, N.H.) notched his first collegiate goal at 9:06 from freshman linemates Cam Brown (Natick, Mass.) and Blaine Byron (Manotick Ontario). Brown put the Black Bears ahead for good at 11:14 when he scored his first collegiate goal from Byron and Mark Anthoine (Lewiston, Maine) at 11:14. Linemate Byron got on the board just over two minutes later when he beat UMass goalie Alex Wakaluk from Brown and Brice O'Connor (Londonderry, N.H.). Anthoine added a power play goal at 19:09 from Byron and Brown to extend Maine's lead to 5-2. Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) capped the scoring in the second period when his shot from the blueline beat Wakaluk with just five seconds remaining in the period. Steven Swavely (Reading, Pa.) opened scoring in the third period with an unassisted short-handed goal. The Minutemen added a pair of power play goals by Power and Pereira in the third period to pull to within three goals at 7-4. Maine iced the game with a short-handed empty-net goal at 18:37 from Mark Anthoine.
Maine and UMass each recorded 32 shots on goal. Maine finished 2-for-5 on the power play, while UMass was 3-for-6. Maine goalie Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec) made 28 saves and improves to 3-2-0 on the season. Wakaluk made 17 saves in 40 minutes for the Minutemen and suffered the loss. Steve Mastalerz made seven saves in 18:31 of the third period.
HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior forward Mark Anthoine was named the Hockey East Player of the Week on Monday, Oct. 28. Anthoine scored three goals and dished out a pair of assists as Maine swept UMass. He scored Maine's first goal in a 3-2 overtime win over UMass on Friday. He added two goals and two assists in Maine's 8-4 win on Saturday.
A LOOK AT THE BLACK BEARS: Maine is led in the scoring column by Anthoine, who has four goals and two assists for six points. He has two power play goals and one short-handed tally. Byron is adding two goals and three assists for five points. Classmate Cam Brown also has five points via a goal and four assists. Josh Henke is adding a goal and three assists for four points. Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario), Connor Leen (Chester, N.Y.) and Rutt each have a goal and two assists for three points. Stu Higgins (Troy, Mich.) is adding a pair of goals. Ryan Lomberg (Richmond Hill, Ontario), Morgan and Steven Swavely all have a goal and an assist for two points. Dan Renouf (Pickering, Ontario) and Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) each have a pair of assists, while O'Connor, Ouellette, Conor Riley (Massena, N.Y.) and Jon Swavely (Reading, Pa.) have each notched one assist.
uellette has started all five games in goal. He is 3-2-0 with a 2.78 goals against average and a .908 save percentage.
A SIX GOAL OUTBURST: Maine tallied six goals in the second period on Saturday against UMass. It is the first time that Maine has scored six goals in a period since recording six on Nov. 15, 2002 in an 8-2 win over Northeastern.
SCORING EIGHT: Maine scored eight goals in its 8-4 win over UMass on Saturday, Oct. 26. It is the first time that the Black Bears have scored eight goals since defeating UMass Lowell 8-2 on Oct. 8, 2010 in the season-opener.
FOUR POINT NIGHT: Maine had three different players tally four points on Saturday, Oct. 26 against UMass. Mark Anthoine had two goals and two assists, while Cam Brown and Blaine Byron each had a goal and three assists.
TWO SHORT-HANDED GOALS: Maine notched a pair of short-handed goals in its 8-4 win over UMass last Saturday night. It is the first time that the Black Bears had scored a pair of short-handed goals in a game since tallying a pair against UConn in a 3-3 draw on Oct. 9, 2010.
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, Oct. 19 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.
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.
WINNING AT HOME: Maine is 3-0-0 at Alfond Arena. The three wins are one more than Maine finished with all of last year. The Black Bears also won their lone exhibition game at home this year.
CAPITALIZING WITH THE MAN ADVANTAGE: Maine converted two of its seven power play chances on Friday, Oct. 25, including the game-winning goal which was scored on the power play. Maine also scored a pair of power play goals on Saturday night. It is the first time that Maine has had two or more power play goals in back-to-back games since scoring two at BU on Jan. 27, 2012 and three against Boston College on Jan. 21, 2012. Maine had a string of four straight games with two or more power play goals Dec. 29, 2011 through Jan. 7, 2012.
98 GAMES AND COUNTING FOR ANTHOINE: Maine senior assistant/alternate captain Mark Anthoine has currently played in 98 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.
ay 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.
en 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.
ay Jean (Bentley '07) joins the staff as Maine's volunteer/goaltending coach. Jean played collegiate hockey at both Maine and Bentley. He now runs his own goaltending school, Own the Crease.
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 UMASS MINUTEMEN: UMass is 2-4-0 on the season and 0-1-0 in Hockey East play. Maine swept a weekend series against UMass last weekend. The Minutemen are led by Troy Power who has four goals and three assists for seven points. He has three power play goals. Joel Hanley is adding a goal and six assists for seven points. Rookie Steven Iacobellis is chipping in with three goals and three assists for six points. Michael Pereira has two goals and two assists for four points. Conor Sheary and Ray Pigozzi each also have four points on a goal and three assists. Branden Gracel has three goals for three assists. Steve Mastalerz has seen action in all six games. He is 2-3-0 with a 2.63 goals against average and a .916 save percentage.
UMass is coached by John Micheletto (Dartmouth '90) who is in his second season. He has an overall record of 14-23-3 at UMass. He is assisted by Joey Gasparini (Vermont '06) 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 72 times with the Black Bears holding a 46-18-8 lead in the all-time series... Maine holds a 7-2-3 edge in the last 12 meetings... Maine last defeated UMass 8-4 on Oct. 26, 2013 at the Alfond Arena... Mark Anthoine leads all Black Bears in games played against UMass with 11... Anthoine leads all Black Bears in scoring against UMass with six goals and two assists for eight points... Hutton is second in scoring against the Minutemen with two goals and four assists... Five different rookies (Byron, Henke, Brown, Morgan and Renouf) all have points against UMass... Martin Ouellette is 3-1-1 in six games against UMass... He has a 2.49 goals against average and a .914 save percentage.
WINNING THE HOME OPENER: Maine won its home opener on Saturday, Oct. 19. Prior to the Oct. 19 game against Bentley, 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.
ll University of Maine hockey games are carried live over the air by WVOM 103.9 FM in Bangor, WVQM 101.3 (Augusta), WSYY 1240 AM (Millinocket), WLOB 1310 AM (Portland), WJJB 96.3 (Portland), WRED 1440 AM (Portland) and WVOM-AM 1450 (Rockland). Internet audio can be found through www.GoBlackBears.com.
an 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.
any home games and select road games will also be broadcast by the University of Maine student radio station, WMEB (91.9 FM).