The University of Maine men's ice hockey team returns home on Sunday afternoon when it hosts UMass Lowell. The Black Bears dropped a pair of non-conference games at Vermont last weekend. UMass Lowell is coming off a 6-1 victory over American International College on Tuesday night.
A LOOK BACK: Maine fell to Vermont 5-2 last Saturday night in Burlington, Vt. After a scoreless first period, Anthony DeCenzo gave the Catamounts a 1-0 lead midway through the second period. Maine answered back late in the frame with a short-handed goal by Steven Swavely (Reading, Pa.). Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec) assisted on the goal by Swavely. Vermont scored just 56 seconds into the third period to regain the lead on a goal by H.T. Lenz. The Catamounts added a power play goal by Mario Puskarich at 12:18 of the third to extend their lead to 3-1. Maine pulled Ouellette with over two minutes to play. The Black Bears cloaed to within one goal when Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) tipped a Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario) shot past UVM goalie Mike Santaguida. Connor Leen (Chester, N.Y.) also assisted on the goal. The Catamounts scored a pair of empty net goals to make it a 5-2 final.
Vermont outshot Maine 30-26 in the game. The Black Bears were scoreless in four chances on the power play, while UVM was 1-for-5 while allowing a short-handed goal.
Ouellette made 25 saves and falls to 6-6-1 on the season. Santaguida made 24 saves for the Catamounts and improves to 5-3-1.
A LOOK AT THE BLACK BEARS: Maine is led by sophomore Devin Shore who has six goals and six assists for 12 points. Classmate Ben Hutton also has six goals and four assists for 10 points. He has three power play goals and a pair of game-winners. Connor Leen has nine points via two goals and seven assists. Cam Brown (Natick, Mass.) is adding a goal and eight assists for nine points as well. Mark Anthoine (Lewiston, Maine) is chipping in with five goals and three assists for eight points, while Blaine Byron (Manotick, Ontario) and Steven Swavely each have four goals and four assists for eight points. Brian Morgan (Windham, N.H.) is adding three goals and two assists for five points. Josh Henke also has five points on a goal and four assists. Stu Higgins (Troy, Mich.) has two goals and two assists for four points, while Bill Norman and Jake Rutt each have a goal and three assists for four points.
Martin Ouellette has played in all 13 games in goal. He is 6-6-1 with a 2.15 goals against average and a .928 save percentage. He has a pair of shutouts.
NINE STRAIGHT BY THE SOPHOMORES: Maine's sophomore class has scored the last nine straight goals. Steven Swavely and Devin Shore combined to score all four of Maine's goals last weekend at Vermont. Shore and classmate Ben Hutton each scored a pair in Maine's win over Boston College, while Ryan Lomberg chipped in with the game's other goal against the Eagles.
HUTTON TIED FOR THE NATION LEAD IN GOALS BY A DEFENSEMAN: Sophomore Ben Hutton is tied for the team-lead in goals scored with six. He is tied for the national lead in goals scored by a defenseman, joining Shayne Gostisbehere of Union, Joey LaLeggia of Denver and Minnesota's Mike Reilly.
SELLING OUT THE ALFOND: Maine had a sellout crowd of 5,125 fans on hand to see the game on Nov. 23 against Boston College. It marked the first time that Maine has sold out Alfond Arena since Dec. 10, 2010 against New Hampshire.
FIVE-ON-THREE GOALS -- SHORT-HANDED: Maine scored a three-on-five goal Nov. 15 in its 7-0 win over Boston University. With a pair of Maine players in the penalty box, a Boston University defender lost control of the puck and his stick on the blueline. Hutton gained control of the puck, beating a defender and BU goalie Sean Maguire to score his fourth goal of the season.
FRIENDLY CONFINES OF ALFOND ARENA: Maine is 6-1-0 at Alfond Arena this season, after starting the year 4-0-0. The Black Bears also won their lone exhibition game at home this year as well.
32 GAMES FOR OUELLETTE: Maine goalie Martin Ouellette has gotten the start in the last 32 games for the Black Bears. The last time Ouellette was not between the pipes to start the game for the Black Bears was when Matt Morris got the start against Mercyhurst on Jan. 5, 2013. Blair Allison holds the Maine record for consecutive games played by a goal at 51, while Ben Bishop once played 40 consecutive games for the Black Bears.
IRON BLACK BEARS: Maine has several players who are in the midst of impressive consecutive games streaks. Devin Shore and Steven Swavely have not missed a game in their careers as Black Bears. Here are some current numbers:
Player Consecutive Games Played
Mark Anthoine 106
Devin Shore 51
Steven Swavely 51
Ryan Lomberg 36
Jake Rutt 36
Jon Swavely 36
Conor Riley 30
Ben Hutton 24
A SEVEN GOAL WIN: Maine recorded its most lopsided victory in nearly four years when it downed Boston University 7-0 on Friday, Nov. 15. The last time Maine won a game by more than seven goals was when it defeated St. Lawrence 10-1 on Nov. 28, 2009.
MULTI-POINTS FOR MULTI BLACK BEARS: Maine had five different players tally at least a goal and an assist on Friday, Nov. 23 against Boston University. Brian Morgan led the way with two goals and an assist, while Devin Shore, Connor Leen, Ben Hutton and Blaine Byron each scored a goal and dished out an assist. Cam Brown chipped in with a pair of assists.
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.
MARTIN OUELLETTE LOGGING THE MINUTES FOR MAINE: Senior goalie Martin Ouellette has started all 13 games in goal for the Black Bears this season. He has played 781:48 minutes. He ranks eighth in the nation in total minutes played this season by a goalie.
A CUT ABOVE IN CONFERENCE: Martin Oullette has been a cut above in conference play this season. Although his record is just 3-2-1, he has a 1.32 goals against average and a .956 save percentage. He has posted shutouts in two of his four games.
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.
FIRING AWAY: Maine recorded a season-high 39 shots on goal on Saturday, Nov. 2 at UMass. Maine has tallied 30 or more shots in 10 of its 13 games this season.
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. Maine has four short-handed goals on the season, two shy of what is scored last year.
MAKING HIS RETURN FELT: Junior Stu Higgins missed the first weekend of the 2013-14 season, 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.
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.
106 GAMES AND COUNTING FOR ANTHOINE: Maine senior assistant/alternate captain Mark Anthoine has currently played in 106 consecutive games for the Black Bears, the longest stretch on the Maine team.
BROTHERLY LOVE: Jon and Steven Swavely are the 11th set of brothers to play hockey at Maine. They join: David and Jack Capuano, Chris and Peter Ferraro, Barrett and Chris Heisten, John and Keenan Hopson, Paul, Steve and Martin Kariya, Anders and Magnus Ludback, Mike and Matt Lundin, Jason and Shawn Mansoff, Jim and John Tortorella and Eric and Jason Weinrich. Of the 23 players nine of them have played in the NHL (David and Jack Capuano, Chris and Peter Ferraro, Barrett Heisten, Paul and Steve Kariya, Mike Lundin and Eric Weinrich. In addition, both Jack Capuano and John Tortorella are current NHL coaches.
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.
Ray 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.
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 LOWELL RIVER HAWKS: UMass Lowell is 11-4-0 on the season and 4-1-0 in Hockey East play. The River Hawks are led by Adam Chapie who has seven goals and four assists for 11 points. Derek Arnold is adding six goals and four assists for 10 points, while Joseph Pendenza also has 10 points via five goals and five assists. Scott Wilson is adding two goals and seven assists for nine points. Ryan McGrath has scored five goals and dished out three assists for eight points, while Josh Holmstrom has eight points via two goals and six assists. Stephen Buco and Chris Maniccia each have three goals and four assists for seven points, while Zach Kamrass and Jake Suter each have seven points as well with a goal and six assists apiece.
Connor Hellebuyck has seen action in nine games in goal. He is 6-3-0 with a 1.57 goals against average and a .951 save percentage. He has a pair of shutouts. Doug Carr has played in six games in goal. He is 5-1-0 with a 1.82 goals against average and a .933 save percentage.
UMass Lowell is coached by Norm Bazin (UMass Lowell '94) who is in his third season with the River Hawks. He has a mark of 63-28-3 at UMass Lowell and an overall record of 101-59-10 in his sixth season as a head coach. He is assisted by associate coach Jason Lammers (SUNY Geneseo '98) and Cam Ellsworth (Michigan Tech '05).
BLACK BEAR SLAP SHOTS: Maine and UMass Lowell have met 114 times with the Black Bears holding a 77-34-3 lead in the all-time series... In the last three years, Maine has played UMass Lowell 11 times... The Black bears hold a 6-5-0 lead in those 11 games... Maine's last win was a 4-3 victory in overtime on Feb. 3, 2013... The two teams met in the 2013 Hockey East quarterfinals and UMass Lowell swept the series 4-2 and 2-1 in overtime... Here is how current Black Bears have done against the River Hawks.
GP G A Pts
Devin Shore 5 3 3 6
Jake Rutt 6 2 1 3
Ryan Lomberg 5 1 2 3
Mark Anthoine 11 1 1 2
Conor Leen 4 1 1 2
Ben nHutton 4 1 1 2
Brice O'Connor 10 0 2 2
Stu Higgins 8 1 0 1
Kyle Williams 2 1 0 1
Jon Swavely 7 0 1 1
Steven Swavely 5 0 1 1
Andrew Cerretani 5 0 0 0
Will Merchant 5 0 0 0
Conor Riley 5 0 0 0
Bill Norman 2 0 0 0
Dan Sullivan 3-2-0 1.63 GAA .939 save percentage
Martin Ouellette 2-3-0 3.25 GAA .902 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. Gustav Nyquist was called up by the Detroit Red Wings and made his season debut on Nov. 21. He had two goals in the game, including the game-winner.
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
Sun., Dec. 8 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, 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.
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).