The University of Maine men's ice hockey team hosts Providence College this weekend in the final games of the 2014 regular season. It is a huge weekend series for the two teams as both are fighting for playoff position. Maine enters play this weekend with a record of 15-11-4 overall, 9-6-3 in Hockey East play. Providence is 17-9-6 on the season and 9-7-2 in conference action. Prior to and after the game on Saturday, Maine will honor seniors Mark Anthoine (Lewiston, Maine), Brice O'Connor (Londonderry, N.H.), Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec), Dan Sullivan (York, Pa.) and Jon Swavely (Reading, Pa.).
LAST TIME OUT: Maine fell to Northeastern 4-3 last Saturday night at Matthews Arena in Boston, Mass. Northeastern got on the board with a goal by Zach Ashton-Reese just 3:41 into the opening frame to give the Huskies the early 1-0 lead. Mike Szmatula extend the lead to 2-0 just over three minutes later. Maine got a power play goal at 16:46 from Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario) to pull to within one goal at 2-1. Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) and Cam Brown Natick, Mass.) each assisted on the goal. Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) tied the game for Maine at 3:18 of the second period from Anthoine and Ryan Lomberg (Richmond Hill, Ontario). Northeastern added a goal at 14:41 of the second period by Braden Pimm and then a second goal at 10:56 of the third period to extend its lead to 4-2. Maine pulled goalie Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec) in favor of an extra attacker pulled to within one goal at 17:19 of the third period on the second goal of the game from Hutton, but that is as close as the Black Bears would get.
Maine finished the game with a slim 38-37 edge in shots on goal. Maine was 1-for-4 on the power play, while Northeastern finished 1-for-3.
Ouellette made 33 saves in goal for the Black Bears and falls to 14-11-4. Clay Witt made 35 saves for the Huskies and improves to 16-8-3.
A LOOK AT THE BLACK BEARS: Maine is led by sophomore Devin Shore, who has 13 goals and 26 assists for 39 points. He has three power play goals and three short-handed tallies. Ben Hutton is chipping in with 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points. He leads the team in power play goals with eight. Connor Leen (Chester, N.Y.) is adding six goals and 15 assists for 21 points. Anthoine has eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points. Cam Brown has 18 points via four goals and 14 assists. Ryan Lomberg is adding 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points. Steven Swavely (Reading, Pa.) has eight goals and nine assists for 17 points as well. Blaine Byron (Manotick, Ontario) is chipping in with seven goals and six assists for 13 points. Stu Higgins (Troy, Mich.) has six goals and four assists for 10 points. Brian Morgan (Windham, N.H.) is adding five goals and five assists for 10 points as well. Dan Renouf (Pickering, Ontario) is chipping in with a goal and nine assists for 10 points as well. Eric Schurhamer (St. Paul, Minn.) has nine points via three goals and six assists. Josh Henke (Trenton, Mich.) has a goal and seven assists for eight points. Brice O'Connor has two goals and five assists for seven points. Bill Norman (Stockholm, Sweden) and Rutt each have a goal and six assists for seven points Jon Swavely is adding two goals and three assists for five points, while Conor Riley (Massena, N.Y.) has four assists.
Martin Ouellette has seen action in 29 games in goal. He is 14-11-4 with a 2.16 goals against average and a .929 save percentage. He has three shutouts. Dan Sullivan is 1-0-0 with a 2.55 goals against average and a .886 save percentage in a pair of games.
HUTTON TIES GOALS RECORD: Ben Hutton has 13 goals in 30 games, tying him for the school record for goals in a season by a defenseman. The record was originally set in 1979-80 by Dwight Montgomery and tied in 1987-88 by Jack Capuano in and 1994-95 by Jeff Tory. Here is a list of defenseman goal scoring leaders:
Goals Name Year
13 Ben Hutton 2013-14
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
SUPER SOPHOMORES: Four of Maine's top five goal scorers on the season are sophomores. Devin Shore and Ben Hutton each have 13 while Ryan Lomberg 10. Steven Swavely is adding eight goals on the season for the Black Bears as well.
HOBEY BAKER FAN BALLOT: Maine has three players listed on the initial Hobey Baker fan ballot. Ben Hutton, Martin Ouellette and Devin Shore are listed as Maine's three candidates. Fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite Black Bears daily at www.hobeybaker.com.
ONE GOAL GAMES: Seven of Maine last eight games have either been decided by one goal or the game has finished in a tie. The lone exceptions was Maine's 4-2 win over New Hampshire on Jan. 25. Maine's fourth goal was an empty net goal in that game.
HUTTON LEADING THE NATION IN GOALS BY A DEFENSEMAN: Sophomore Ben Hutton is leading the nation in goals scored by a defenseman with 13. His eight power play goals rank tied for seventh in the nation and tops among defenseman as well. He has 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points, averaging .87 points per game, which ranks sixth in the nation in scoring by a defenseman. He is one of just 17 defensemen in Maine history to score 10 or more goals in a single season.
OUELLETTE APPROACHING SINGLE SEASON SAVE LEADERS: Maine goalie Martin Ouellette is approaching the single season save leaders. He has 809 saves on the season, which ranks eighth most in a single season. He is 10 saves shy of tying Ben Bishop for seventh place.
FOUR GOALS, FOUR CLASSES: Maine scored four goal on Friday against Northeastern and got goal from each class. Rookie Blaine Byron scored his seventh, sophomore Steven Swavely notched his eighth, junior Connor Leen got his sixth and senior Mark Anthione scored his eighth.
MULTI-POINT GAME FOR RILEY: Conor Riley recorded his first career two-point game on Friday, Feb. 21 at Northeastern with a pair of assists.
HUTTON AMONG ELITE OFFENSIVE DEFENSEMEN: In some research by College Hockey Inc., Ben Hutton is one of just seven defensemen in the last five years in college hockey to score 13 or more goals in a season. Justin Schultz scored 18 for Wisconsin in 2010-2011 and 16 in 2011-2012. Garrett Noonan of BU had 16 goals in 2011-12, while Brendan Smith of Wisconsin added 15 in 2009-10, Mike Boivin of Colorado College scored 14 in 2012-13, while BU's Colby Cohen also had 14 in 2009-10. Carl Hudson of Canisius netted 14 goals in 2009-10 as well.
FRIENDLY CONFINES OF ALFOND ARENA: Maine is 12-1-0 at Alfond Arena this season, after starting the year 4-0-0. The Black Bears also won all three exhibition games at home this season. Maine's only loss at Alfond Arena was a 4-3 loss to Vermont on Nov. 9.
HONORING MAINE'S SENIORS: This weekend marks the last regular season home games for five outstanding Maine seniors. The University of Maine will be honoring seniors Mark Anthoine, Brice O'Connor, Martin Ouellette, Dan Sullivan and Jon Swavely all weekend.
Mark Anthoine has played in a team-high 141 career games, including the last 123 straight games for the Black Bears headed into play this weekend. An assistant captain, he has 25 goals and 24 assists for 49 career points. Earlier this season, he was named Hockey East Player of the Week after scoring three goals and adding an assist in a weekend sweep of UMass.
As a sophomore, Anthoine tied for the national lead in power play goals with 11. He also led the team in game-winning goals that season with four.
Anthoine has been named a Maine Scholar-Athlete Award winner and also named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team. A management major from Lewiston, Maine, he is the son of Mark and Sandra Anthoine.
Captain Brice O'Connor has played in 99 career games for the Black Bears, including 29 this season. He has five goals and 18 assists for 23 points in his career. He ranks second on the team in blocked shots this season with 29.
As a sophomore, O'Connor scored two of Maine's biggest goals on the season. He scored the lone goal against UNH in the regular season finale as Maine clinched home ice in the Hockey East quarterfinals. He also scored the game-winning goal against Merrimack in game three of their Hockey East quarterfinal series that propelled the Black Bears into the Hockey East semifinals.
As a freshman, O'Connor recorded his first career point against Providence with an assist. The assist came when O'Connor was playing a shift against his brother, Ian, who was a captain for the Friars.
O'Connor has been named a Maine Scholar-Athlete Award winner and also named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team. A finance major from Londonderry, N.H., he is the son of Carolyn and Bob O'Connor.
Martin Ouellette has played in 77 career games for the Black Bears in goal, posting a mark of 27-29-14. He has a 2.48 career goals against average and a .914 save percentage with six career shutouts. This season, Ouellette is 14-11-4 with a 2.16 goals against average and a .929 save percentage. As a junior, he earned the Hockey East Army ROTC Three Star Award.
This season, Ouellette has been named to the 2013 Florida College Classic All-Tournament Team and has been named the Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week twice.
Ouellette at one point between his junior and senior seasons started 34 straight games for the Black Bears. He ranks tied for third in the nation in shutouts with three and 12th in the nation in save percentage at .929 and minutes played with 1,718.
Ouellette made a career-high 39 saves earlier this season at UMass Lowell. He tied that mark with 39 saves on Feb. 8 at Notre Dame. Ouellette ranks among Maine's all-time goalie leaders. He is eighth on the career games played list and ninth on Maine's all-time saves list. His sixth shutouts are tied for third all-time. He is expected to finish his career among the leaders in both goals against average and save percentage. He also has five career assists.
Ouellette has been named a Maine Scholar-Athlete Award winner and also named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team. A management major from St.-Hippolyte, Quebec, he is the son of France Gagnon and Alain Ouellette.
Dan Sullivan has played in 65 career games for the Black Bears in goal, making 61 starts. He is 33-24-5 with a 2.69 goals against average and a .902 save percentage.
As a sophomore, Sullivan was a two-time Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week. He also earned Inside College Hockey National Player of the Week honors. He was named to the 2011 Florida College Classic All-Tournament Team and made a career-high 39 saves against Boston College in the Hockey East title game.
Sullivan also excels in the classroom. As a freshman, he was named the Hockey East Top Scholar-Athlete and earned a spot on the Hockey East Academic All-Star Team. He is a Maine Scholar-Athlete Award winner and has also been named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team. A management major from York, Pa., he is the son of Doris and James Sullivan.
Jon Swavely has played in 113 career games for the Black Bears. He has six goals and 15 assists for 21 career points. He has seen action in 53 consecutive games for the Black Bears, the third longest streak on the Maine team.
During his career, Swavely has excelled against Boston College, one of the top teams in the nation. As a junior, he was named Hockey East Co-Player of the Week after scoring two goals and adding an assist in Maine's weekend sweep at third-ranked Boston College. Four of his six career goals have come against the Eagles. Swavely has been a top penalty killer for Maine during his senior season.
Swavely has been named a Maine Scholar-Athlete Award winner and also named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team. A finance major from Reading, Pa., he is the son of Sue and Gary Swavely. The past two years he has been joined on the team by his younger brother, Steven.
TOP TEN: Maine ranks ninth in the nation in defense, allowing just 2.24 goals per game.
COMING FROM BEHIND: Prior to Maine's game against New Hampshire on Jan. 25, the Black Bears had been 0-6-1 when trailing after two periods of play. Maine scored three third period goals to defeat New Hampshire 4-2. The Wildcats had been 12-0-0 when leading after two periods of play.
MARTIN OUELLETTE RANKS AMONG ALL-TIME GAMES PLAYED LEADERS AT MAINE: Maine goalie Martin Ouellette ranks eighth among the all-time games played goalie leaders at Maine.
NYQUIST EARNS SILVER MEDAL: Former Maine standout Gustav Nyquist earned a silver medal playing for Sweden in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He was the only Black Bear to medal this year. Jimmy Howard played for the United States while Matthias Trattnig skated for Austria.
BLACK BEARS OUT TO FAST STARTS: Maine has outscored its opponents 29-16 in the first period of games this season.
OUELLETTE MAKES CAREER-HIGH 39 SAVES: Maine goalie Martin Ouellette stopped a career-high 39 shots on Friday, Jan. 17 at UMass Lowell. It broke his previous mark of 35, that he has recorded on several occasions. He also recorded 39 saves in a game at Notre Dame on Feb. 8.
DEFENSE BLOCKING THE SHOTS: All six of Maine's regular defensemen have 20 or more blocks on the season. Hutton has blocked 33 shots, while O'Connor has 29 blocked shots. They are followed by Renouf (24), Riley (23), Schurhamer (21) and Rutt (20).
JON SWAVELY LIKES PLAYING BOSTON COLLEGE: Jon Swavely has had incredible success in his career against Boston College. He has six career goals and four of them have come against the Eagles.
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 on Jan. 11. In two games, the Black Bears are averaging six goals per game at the historic ballpark.
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.
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 that came to Maine's game on Tuesday, Jan. 14 against St. Francis Xavier got to see a rare sight, as the Alfond Arena ice was pink in support of breast cancer awareness.
SHORT-HANDED SUCCESS: Maine is second in the nation in short-handed goals with eight. Mercyhurst leads the nation with nine. Devin Shore leads the way with three, while Mark Anthoine and Steven Swavely each have a pair.
SCORING STREAK SNAPPED AT 11 GAMES: Sophomore Devin Shore saw his scoring streak end at 11 games when he was held scoreless at UMass Lowell on Friday, Jan. 17. Shore tallied 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points over those 11 games. He tallied a point against Boston College the following night. Shore has points in 22 of Maine's 30 games this season.
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.
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: Brice O'Connor has played in 99 career games and is expected to play his 100th career game this weekend. Senior Jon Swavely played in his 100th career game against Princeton in the 2013 Florida College Classic. He has currently played in 113 career games. He is second Black Bear to reach the milestone, joining Mark Anthoine, who has played in 141 career games.
NINE STRAIGHT BY THE SOPHOMORES: Maine's sophomore class at one point this season scored nine straight goals. The streak was broken when rookie Cam Brown scored Maine's first goal against UML on Dec. 8. 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 46 or just under 50 percent of Maine's 93 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 and the Jan. 25 game against New Hampshire. 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 4.3 penalties for 8.6 penalty minutes per game. That ranks fifth 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.
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, Dec. 13 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.
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 has not missed a game in his career as Black Bears. Here are some current numbers:
Player Consecutive Games Played
Mark Anthoine 123
Devin Shore 68
Jon Swavely 53
Conor Riley 47
Ben Hutton 41
A LOOK AT THE PROVIDENCE FRIARS: Providence is 17-9-6 on the season and 9-7-2 in Hockey East play. The Friars are led by Ross Mauermann who has 18 goals and 15 assists for 33 points. He has four power play goals and five game-winners. Nick Saracino is adding six goals and 16 assists for 22 points. Mark Jankowski has 11 goals and nine assists for 22 points. Noel Acciari is adding 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points. Shane Luke has notched eight goals and nine assists for 17 points. He has four game-winners. John Gilmour has five goals and 12 assists for 17 points as well. Derek Army and Steven Shamanski each have six goals and seven assists for 13 points. Brandon Tanev is adding four goals and seven assists for 11 points, while Steven McParland has 11 points via a goal and 10 assists.
Jon Gillies has started 27 games in goal for the Friars. He is 14-7-5 with a 2.23 goals against average and a .926 save percentage. He has three shutouts on the season.
Providence is coached by former Maine assistant Nate Leaman. He is 48-43-17 in his third season at Providence. He has an overall record of 186-170-52 in his 11th season as a head coach. He is assisted by Ben Barr (Rensselaer '04), Jamie Russell (Michigan Tech '89) and Jim McNiff (Merrimack '98).
BLACK BEAR SLAP SHOTS: Maine and Providence have met 111 times with the Black Bears holding a 64-40-7 edge in the all-time series.... The two teams have split the last 10 meetings 4-4-2... Maine's last win in the series was a 3-1 victory on Oct. 29, 2011.... Providence has a pair of Mainers on their roster in Kevin Hart (Cumberland) and Jon Gillies (South Portland)... Maine captain Brice O'Connor's older brother, Ian, was a captain at Providence.
BLACK BEARS AGAINST THE FRIARS:
NAME GM G A P
Jon Swavely 7 1 1 2
Connor Leen 5 1 0 1
Mark Anthoine 9 0 1 1
Devin Shore 3 0 1 1
Stu Higgins 7 0 1 1
Andrew Cerretani 5 0 1 1
Ben Hutton 2 0 1 1
Brice O'Connor 6 0 1 1
Will Merchant 3 0 0 0
Ryan Lomberg 3 0 0 0
Steven Swavely 3 0 0 0
Conor Riley 3 0 0 0
Jake Rutt 4 0 0 0
Bill Norman 1 0 0 0
Kyle Williams 2 0 0 0
Martin Ouellette 3-1-1 2.34 GAA .912 sv %
Dan Sullivan 0-2-0 3.55 GAA .805 sv %
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 on Jan. 11, 2014.
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, 2013. 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, Oct. 26 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.
CULINA WORKS 500TH CAREER GAME: Maine athletic trainer Paul Culina worked his 500th career game on Friday, Jan. 17 at UMass Lowell.
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 22 of its 30 games this season.
TWO SHORT-HANDED GOALS: Maine notched a pair of short-handed goals in its 8-4 win over UMass on Oct. 26. 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.
123 GAMES AND COUNTING FOR ANTHOINE: Maine senior assistant/alternate captain Mark Anthoine has currently played in 123 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. Gustav Nyquist is playing for Sweden, while Mathias Trattnig is playing for Austria.
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.
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 Willi
ams 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: The men's ice hockey team had 24 student-athlete honored as Maine Scholar-Athletes. Cam Brown, Brady Campbell, Zach Glienke, Brian Morgan, Dan Renouf and Eric Schurhamer were named *Rising Stars*. They all posted a 3.0 grade point average or better in their first semester at Maine. Ben Hutton, Ryan Lomberg, Will Merchant, Matt Morris, Martin Ouellette, Conor Riley, Devin Shore, Steven Swavely and Kyle Williams all earned bronze medals. Andrew Cerretani, Stu Higgins, Connor Leen, Bill Norman and Jake Rutt each earned a silver medal, as they were honored for the second time. Mark Anthoine, Brice O'Connor, Dan Sullivan and Jon Swavely earned bronze medals as they were all honored for the third 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).