The University of Maine men's ice hockey team hosts American International this weekend for a two-game series. The Black Bears are coming off a 4-2 win over UMass Lowell last Sunday afternoon. AIC, located in Springfield, Mass., dropped a series at RIT last weekend 3-2 and 5-2.
A LOOK BACK: Maine defeated sixth-ranked UMass Lowell 4-2 last Sunday afternoon at Alfond Arena. Maine opened the game scoring two quick power play goals in the first 10:31. Cam Brown (Natick, Mass.) put the Black Bears on the board at 5:52 with a power play goal from Brice O'Connor (Londonderry, N.H.) and Eric Schurhamer (St. Paul, Minn.). Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario) made it 2-0 when he received a pass from Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) and fired it past UMass Lowell goalie Connor Hellebuyck. Connor Leen also assisted on the goal. Derek Arnold notched his seventh goal of the season at 14:34 as UMass Lowell pulled to within one goal. The River Hawks tied the game at 22 at 19:24 of the second period with a power play goal by Ryan McGrath. The game remained tied until Blaine Byron (Manotick, Ontario) scored on the power play at 16:27 of the third from Schurhamer and Mark Anthoine (Lewiston, Maine). Jon Swavely (Reading, Pa.) iced the game with an empty-net goal at 19:04.
Maine outshot UMass Lowell 38-28 in the game. The Black Bears were 3-for-5 on the power play, while UMass Lowell converted one of its two chances.
Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec) made 26 saves in goal for the Black Bears and improves to 7-6-1 on the season. Hellebuyck made 34 saves for UMass Lowell and falls to 6-4-0.
A LOOK AT THE BLACK BEARS: Maine is led by sophomore Devin Shore, who has six goals and seven assists for 13 points. Ben Hutton is adding a team-high seven goals and five assists for 12 points. He leads the team with four power play goals. Cam Brown and Connor Leen are each chipping in with two goals and eight assists for 10 points. Mark Anthoine and Blaine Byron each have five goals and four assists for nine points. Steven Swavely (Reading, Pa.) is adding four goals and four assists for eight points. Brian Morgan (Windham, N.H.) is adding three goals and two assists for five points, while Josh Henke (Trenton Mich.) has a goal and four assists for five points, while Stu Higgins (Troy, Mich.) has two goals and two assists for four points. Bill Norman (Stockholm, Sweden), Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) and Eric Schurhamer have each scored a goal and have dished out three assists for four points as well.
Martin Ouellette has played in all 14 games in goal. He is 7-6-1 with a 2.14 goals against average and a .928 save percentage. He has a pair of shutouts on the season.
NINE STRAIGHT BY THE SOPHOMORES: Maine's sophomore class recently scored nine straight goals. The streak was broken when rookie Cam Brown scored Maine's first goal against UML.Steven Swavely and Devin Shore combined to score all four of Maine's goals 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 leads the team in goals scored with seven. He is tied for the national lead in goals scored by a defenseman, joining Minnesota's Mike Reilly. His four power play goals are tied for 16th in the nation. He is one of just five defenseman with four power play goals.
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 IS FUN: Sophomores Devin Shore and Ben Hutton have each tallied points in five straight games Shore has five goals and three assists for eight points over that span, while Hutton has four goals and three assists for seven points.
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 7-1-0 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.
SCORING THREE ON THE POWER PLAY: Maine scored a season-high three power play goals in its win over #6 UMass Lowell on Sunday. It is the first time that Maine has scored three power play goals in a game since netting three on March 2, 2013 against Northeastern.
33 GAMES FOR OUELLETTE: Maine goalie Martin Ouellette has gotten the start in the last 33 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 107
Devin Shore 52
Steven Swavely 52
Ryan Lomberg 37
Jake Rutt 37
Jon Swavely 37
Conor Riley 31
Ben Hutton 25
Brice O'Connor 24
HUTTON CHASING GOALS RECORD: Ben Hutton leads Maine in goals with seven in 14 games. The school record for goals scored in a season by a defenseman is 13. It was set in 1979-80 by Dwight Montgomery and tied in 1987-88 by Jack Capuano and 1994-95 by Jeff Tory. Here is a list of defenseman goal scoring leaders:
Goals Name Year
13 Dwight Montgomery 1979-80
13 Jack Capuano 1987-88
13 Jeff Tory 1994-95
12 Eric Weinrich 1986-87
12 Chris Imes 1992-93
12 Jeff Dimmen 2009-10
11 Dave Walsh 1977-78
11 Andre Aubut 1980-81
11 Jacques Rodrigue 1994-95
11 Jason Mansoff 1996-96
11 David Cullen 1998-99
10 Andre Aubut 1978-79
10 Jack Capuano 1986-87
10 Bob Beers 1988-89
10 David Cullen 1997-98
10 Francis Nault 2002-03
BEATING RANKED TEAMS: Maine has played two ranked teams on the season in Boston College (7) and UMass Lowell (6). The Black Bears won both games.
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 14 games in goal for the Black Bears this season. He has played 841:48 minutes. He ranks 16th 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. He is 4-2-1 with a 1.42 goals against average and a .952 save percentage. He has posted a pair of shutouts.
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 11 of its 14 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.
107 GAMES AND COUNTING FOR ANTHOINE: Maine senior assistant/alternate captain Mark Anthoine has currently played in 107 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.
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.
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 AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL YELLOWJACKETS: American International is 3-10-0 on the season and 3-6-0 in AHA play. The Yellowjackets are led by Alexander MacMillan who has eight goals and six assists for 14 points. He leads the team with five power play goals. Jon Puskar is adding five goals and eight assists for 13 points. David Norris is chipping in with two goals and 10 assists for 12 points, while Blake Peake has eight points via four goals and four assists. Brandon Fagerheim and Chris Porter each have three goals and two assists for five points.
Hunter Leisner and Ty Reichenbach have split the goaltending duties. Leisner has played in six games and is 1-4-0 with a 4.08 goals against average and a .889 save percentage. Reichenbach has seen action in six games as well and is 2-4-0 with a 4.70 goals against average and a .880 save percentage.
American International is coached by Gary Wright (Vermont '76), who is in his 30th season. He has a record of 295-543-65. Wright served as an assistant coach at Maine from 1979-1984. He is assisted by Graham Johnson (Rhode Island '07) and Kyle Pobur (Lake Superior '12).
BLACK BEAR SLAP SHOTS: Maine and American International College have met just one time in history, during the 1979 season. The Black Bears earned a 4-1 win in that game.
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
Fri., 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).