The University of Maine men's ice hockey team hits this road this weekend when it travels to Quinnipiac for a single game on Friday night. The game will be televised on NESN. Maine is 10-6-2 on the season, while Quinnipiac enters the contest with a mark of 14-3-4.
A LOOK BACK: Maine skated to a 1-1 draw with Cornell in the title game of the 2013 Florida College Classic. The Big Red earned the title via a shoot out. The two teams played nearly two periods of scoreless hockey before Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) received a pass from Connor Leen (Chester, N.Y.) and beat Big Red goalie Andy Iles to give Maine a 1-0 lead at 18:59 of the second period. Steven Swavely (Reading, Pa.) also assisted on the goal. Cornell tied the game at 5:35 of the second period when Christian Hilbrich had his shot deflect off a Maine player and past goalie Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec). Neither team scored the remainder of the third period or during the five minute overtime frame. The game went to a shoot out where Cornell won 2-1 in the ninth round.
Cornell outshot Maine 36-33 in the game. The Black Bears were 0-for-1 on the power play, while Cornell was scoreless in two chances.
Ouellette made 35 saves in goal for the Black Bears and moves to 9-6-2. Iles stopped 32 shots for Cornell and moves to 7-4-3.
A LOOK AT THE BLACK BEARS: Maine is led by sophomore Devin Shore, who has eight goals and 14 assists for 22 points. Connor Leen has three goals and 13 assists for 16 points. Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario) is chipping in with seven goals and seven assists for 14 points. He leads the team with four power play goals. Steven Swavely is adding seven goals and six assists for 13 points, while Mark Anthoine has six goals and seven assists for 13 points as well. Blaine Byron (Manotick, Ontario) has six goals and six assists for 13 points, while Cam Brown (Natick, Mass.) also has 12 points via three goals and nine assists. Stu Higgins is adding five goals and three assists for eight points, while Dan Renouf also has eight points via a goal and seven assists. Brian Morgan (Windham, N.H.) has four goals and three assists. Ryan Lomberg (Richmond Hill, Ontario) has four goals and two assists for six points, while Eric Schurhamer (St. Paul, Minn.) has two goals and four assists for six points as well. Josh Henke (Trenton, Mich.) and Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) each have a goal and four assists for five points. Bill Norman (Stockholm, Sweden) is chipping in with a goal and three assists for four points.
Martin Ouellette has played in 17 games in goal. He is 9-6-2 with a 1.87 goals against average and a .937 save percentage.
OUELLETTE NAMED HOCKEY EAST CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Maine senior goalie Martin Ouellette was named the Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Ouellette went 1-0-1 in the 2013 Florida College Classic with a 0.48 goals against average and a .986 save percentage. He recorded his third shutout of the season and Saturday against Princeton and then allowed just one goal in an overtime tie with Cornell on Sunday. The game went to a shoot out where Ouellette made seven straight saves.
FLORIDA COLLEGE CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS: Devin Shore and Martin Ouellette each earned a spot on the 2013 Florida College Classic All-Tournament Team. For Shore, it was the second year in a row that he earned a spot on the team.
MOVING ON UP: Goalie Martin Ouellette continues to move up in the national rankings. He is tied for the national lead in shutouts with three. He ranks seventh in both save percentage at .937 and goals against average at 1.87.
BLACK BEARS HAD A SHOT AT IT: Maine finished with 59 shots on goal on Friday, Dec. 13 against AIC. The shot total was two shy of the school record for shots in a game of 61, set on March 20, 2004 in the Hockey East title game against Massachusetts. The Black Bears won that game in triple overtime.
SHORT-HANDED SUCCESS: Maine has six shorthanded goals, while ties the number that it finished with during the 2012-2013 season. The Black Bears trail just Mercyhurt, for most shorthanded goals in the country. The Lakers have eight shorthanded goals.
PLAYING IN 100 GAMES: Senior Jon Swavely (Reading, Pa.) played in his 100th career game against Princeton in the 2013 Florida College Classic. He has currently played in 101 career games. He is second Black Bear to reach the milestone, joining Mark Anthoine, who has played in 129 career games.
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.
SUPER SHOOT-OUT: Maine went to a shoot-out with Cornell to determine the champion of the 2013 Florida College Classic. Both Maine goalie Martin Ouellette and Cornell goalie Andy Iles allowed the first shooter to score. Ouellette then stopped seven straight shots, before Cornell won the game in the ninth round, the fourth round of sudden death.
HUTTON TIED FOR THE NATION LEAD IN GOALS BY A DEFENSEMAN: Sophomore Ben Hutton is one shy of the team lead in goals scored with seven. He is tied for the national lead in goals scored by a defenseman, joining Minnesota's Mike Reilly. He ranks tied for 11th in the nation in points per game by a defenseman.
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.
NINE IS NIFTY: Sophomores Devin Shore has tallied points in nine straight games He has seven goals and 10 assists for 18 points over that span.
STAYING OUT OF THE BOX: Maine is averaging just four penalties for eight minutes per game. That ranks fourth in the nation for fewest penalty minutes per game. The Black Bears were whistled for just three penalties for six minutes in the two Florida College Classic games combined.
HIGH FIVE: Maine ranks tied for fourth in the nation in defense, allowing just 2.00 goals per game.
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.
CAREER NIGHT FOR SEVERAL BLACK BEARS: Devin Shore recorded a career-high five points on Friday night against AIC. His previous high was three points with a goal and two assists against Boston University last season. Connor Leen tallied a career-high four points against the Yellow Jackets on Dec. 13. His previous high was three points with a goal and two assists against Cornell last season.
HUTTON CHASING GOALS RECORD: Ben Hutton has seven goals in 16 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
WHAT A LINE: Maine's line of Connor Leen, Devin Shore and Steven Swavely combined to score three goals and dish out eight assists for 11 points in Maine's 7-1 victory over American International on Dec. 13.
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 111
Devin Shore 56
Steven Swavely 56
Ryan Lomberg 41
Jon Swavely 41
Conor Riley 35
Ben Hutton 29
FRIENDLY CONFINES OF ALFOND ARENA: Maine is 9-1-0 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, Dec. 8 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.
UNDEFEATED DECEMBER: Maine posted a 4-0-1 mark in December. It is the first time that the Black Bears have been undefeated in December since posting an identical 4-0-1 mark in December 2009.
34 GAMES FOR OUELLETTE: Maine goalie Martin Ouellette got the start in 34 straight games for the Black Bears, before seeing that streak come to an end on Dec. 14 against AIC. 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.
BEATING RANKED TEAMS: Maine has played three ranked teams on the season in Boston College (7), UMass Lowell (6) and Cornell (13). The Black Bears won the games against Boston College and UMass Lowell and skated to a 1-1 draw with Cornell.
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.
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 17 games in goal for the Black Bears this season. He has played 1026:48 minutes. He ranks sixth 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 59 shots on goal on Friday, Dec. 13 against AIC. Maine has tallied 30 or more shots in 15 of its 18 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 also had two short-handed goals on Dec. 13 against AIC.
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.
111 GAMES AND COUNTING FOR ANTHOINE: Maine senior assistant/alternate captain Mark Anthoine has currently played in 111 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.
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 QUINNIPIAC BOBCATS: Quinnipiac is 14-3-4 on the season and 6-2-2 in ECAC play. The Bobcats, who played in teh 2013 National Championship game, are coming off a 5-0 win over Sacred Heart on Monday night. The Bobcats are led by Sam Anas who has 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points. Kellen Jones in chipping in with 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points. Connor Jones is adding seven goals and 16 assists for 23 points. Jordan Samuels-Thomas is chipping in with eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points. Matthew Peca has four goals and nine assists for 13 points. Travis St. Denis is adding eight goals and four assists for 12 points. Bryce Can Brabant has six goals and four assists for 10 points, while Danny Federico has a goal and nine assists for 10 points. Alex Barron also has 10 points via 10 assists.
Sophomore Michael Garteig has played in all 21 games in goal. He is 14-3-4 with a 1.79 goals against average and a .908 save percentage.
Quinnipiac is coached by Rand Pecknold (Connecticut College '90) who is in his 20th season. He has a mark of 381-241-71. He is assisted by Bill Riga (UMass Lowell '96), Reid Cashman (Quinnipiac '07) and Dan Meyers (Massachusetts '10).
QUINNIPIAC SLAPSHOTS: Maine and Quinnipiac have met four times with the Black Bears holding a 3-1-0 lead in the all-time series... The two teams met in the 2012-13 season-opener where the Bobcats skated to a 2-1 victory... Steven Swavely scored his first collegiate goal in the game with the lone assist being credited to his older brother, Jon... Dan Sullivan started in goal for the Black Bears... Maine has never played at Quinnipiac... All four previous games have been played at Alfond Arena.
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
Fri., Jan. 3 at Quinnipiac NESN
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).