The University of Maine men's ice hockey team returns home for the first time in nearly a month on Tuesday night when it hosts St. Francis Xavier for an exhibition tilt. Maine is 11-7-2 on the season, while St. Francis Xavier enters play with a mark of 9-9.
NOT-SO-FROZEN FENWAY: Maine defeated Boston University 7-3 at Fenway Park on Jan. 11 in a game that featured temperatures in the upper 50's and nearly a 70 minute lightning delay. The two teams were pulled off the ice and hung out in the locker room and dugout during the delay.
PINK ICE: Fans coming to the game on Tuesday night against St. Francis Xavier will get to see a rare sight as the Alfond Arena ice is now pink in support of breast cancer awareness.
LAST TIME OUT: Maine defeated Boston University 7-3 on Saturday evening in a game played at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass. The Black Bears got a pair of goals from Ryan Lomberg (Richmond Hill, Ontario), Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario) and Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) in the game, while Andrew Cerretani (Pelham, N.H.) chipped in with one. Maine built a 5-0 lead, before seeing BU score three straight goals to pull to within two goals. Maine added a pair of empty-net goals in the final 2:19 of regulation to earn the 7-3 win.
Maine outshot BU 39-34 in the game. The Black Bears were 3-for-6 on the power play, while BU converted one of its eight chances.
Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec) made 31 saves and improved to 10-7-2 on the season. Matt O'Connor made 15 saves in 15:55 for BU and suffered the loss, while Sean Maguire made 16 saves in 41:45.
PLAYING AT FENWAY: Maine has played a pair of games at Fenway Park and won both of them. The Black Bears defeated UNH 5-4 in 2012 in overtime and Boston University 7-3 last weekend. In two games, the Black Bears are averaging six goals per game at the historic ballpark.
A LOOK AT THE BLACK BEARS: Maine is led by sophomore Devin Shore, who has 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points. He has three power play goals and three short-handed tallies. Connor Leen (Chester, N.Y.) is adding three goals and 15 assists for 18 points. Ben Hutton is chipping in with nine goals and seven assists for 16 points. He leads the team in power play goals with five. Mark Anthoine (Lewiston, Maine) has six goals and nine assists for 15 points. Cam Brown (Natick, Mass.) has 14 points via three goals and 11 assists, while Steven Swavely (Reading, Pa.) has seven goals and six assists for 13 points. Blaine Byron (Manotick, Ontario) is chipping in with six goals and six assists for 12 points. Stu Higgins (Troy, Mich.) has five goals and four assists for nine points, while Dan Renouf (Pickering, Ontario) is chipping in with a goal and eight assists for nine points. Ryan Lomberg has six goals and two assists for eight points. Brian Morgan (Windham, N.H.) is adding four goals and three assists for seven points, while Eric Schurhamer (St .Paul, Minn.) has seven points via two goals and five assists.
Martin Ouellette has seen action in 19 games in goal. He is 10-7-2 with a 1.94 goals against average and a .935 save percentage. He has three shutouts.
HUTTON TIED FOR THE NATION LEAD IN GOALS BY A DEFENSEMAN: Sophomore Ben Hutton is two shy of the team lead in goals scored with nine. He is tied for the national lead in goals scored by a defenseman. He ranks tied for sixth in the nation in points per game by a defenseman.
BLOCKING THE BOBCATS: Maine recorded 26 blocked shots in the game on Friday, Jan. 3 against Quinnipiac. Ben Hutton and Eric Schurhamer each blocked five shots to lead the Black Bears. It was the second most blocks in a game this season for Maine, who blocked 27 shots at UMass on Friday, Nov. 1.
PENALTY KILLING SUCCESS: Maine has allowed just one power play goal in its last six game, a span of 20 chances. The Black Bears have allowed just four power play goals in their last 11 games. Maine has allowed 11 power play goals on the season and just once have the Black Bears allowed more than one power play goal in a game.
SHORT-HANDED SUCCESS: Maine is tied for the national lead in short-handed goals with eight. Mercyhurst also has eight short-handed goals. Devin Shore leads the way with three, while Mark Anthoine and Steven Swavely each have a pair.
EXCELLENT IN ELEVEN: Sophomore Devin Shore extended his points streak to 11 games with two goals and an assist over Boston University at Fenway Park on Saturday evening. He has 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points over those 11 games.
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 second in the nation in shutouts with three. He ranks fifth save percentage at .935 and eighth in goals against average at 1.94.
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.
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 103 career games. He is second Black Bear to reach the milestone, joining Mark Anthoine, who has played in 131 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.
SOPHOMORES SCORING THE GOALS: Maine's sophomore class has scored 34 or exactly 50 percent of Maine's 68 goals on the season.
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.
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.
STAYING OUT OF THE BOX: Maine is averaging just 4.2 penalties for 8.3 penalty minutes per game. That ranks tied for 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 fourth in the nation in defense, allowing just 2.05 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 nine goals in 20 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 113
Devin Shore 58
Steven Swavely 58
Ryan Lomberg 43
Jon Swavely 43
Conor Riley 37
Ben Hutton 31
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. Maine also scored three power play goals against Boston University in its 7-3 win at Frozen Fenway.
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.
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 19 games in goal for the Black Bears this season. He has played 1146 minutes. He ranks tied for ninth 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.
113 GAMES AND COUNTING FOR ANTHOINE: Maine senior assistant/alternate captain Mark Anthoine has currently played in 113 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.
EARNING AN OLYMPIC SPOT: Former Maine goalie Jimmy Howard recently earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey team. Howard is one of three goalies, joining Ryan Miller and Jonathan Quick.
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.
A LOOK AT ST. FRANCIS XAVIER: St. Francis-Xavier is 9-9 on the season. The team is led by Jason Bast, who has five goals and 14 assists for 19 points. Robert Slaney is chipping in with nine goals and eight assists for 17 points, while Michael Kirkpatrick has seven goals and seven assists for 14 points. Jarrod Struthers also has 14 points via a team-high 10 goals and four assists. Zachary MacQueen has five goals and five assists for 10 points. Drew Owsley has played in 16 games in goal. He is 9-7-0 with a 3.04 goals against average and a .892 save percentage.
St. Francis-Xavier is coached by Brad Peddle who is in his ninth season. He is assisted by Erin King and Dave Stewart.
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).