Recording of Unsportsmanlike Conduct which aired on September 24th 2014 on WMEB 91.9FM, Orono ME
Hello everyone, as we enter a regime change at WMEB Sports, we’ve been taking time to set up for the 2014-15 year. We have been working on developing our radio showsone returning show and one new one.
Wednesdays 3-5 p.m.
The flagship show of the Sports Department is back in a new time slot. Brandon Poli and Alex Quirk will return as co-hosts, with new voices to help add to the conversation. As usual it covers Maine athletics, as well as some pro sports talk. No word on when the first show will be, but stay tuned on Twitter.
Fridays 1-3 p.m.
Replacing Tape-to-Tape is a new show called UMaine Pregame. Similar to T2T but the topics are broadened, the show will preview upcoming UMaine sports that week, ranging from football, hockey, and basketball. The first planned show is October 3rd, Alex Quirk will host the new show.
Here’s a breakdown of Maine’s roster by position:
Cam Brown, Blaine Byron, Brady Campbell, Andrew Cerretani, Stu Higgins (A), Connor Leen, Will Merchant, Brian Morgan, Devin Shore (C), Steven Swavely
Mark Anthoine, Josh Henke, Ryan Lomberg, Jon Swavely
Cedric Lacroix, Jack Musil, Liam Pecararo, Andrew Tegeler (Jr.), Nolan Vesey
Overall the offense is not in too bad of shape, however the losses of Anthoine and Lomberg are huge. Lomberg’s loss especially as he was the first line right-winger, and down the stretch as Maine struggled, Lomberg was one of the more consistent players. The return of Higgins from his knee injury he suffered back in January will be a big boost for the locker room. The freshmen line of Morgan-Brown-Byron should look to build off their success from the 13-14 campaign. Devin Shore is still here and he has Connor Leen to his left on the first line. Freshmen that could make an immediate impact on offense are Pecararo and Vesey. The offense will need to improve from how they did on the home stretch of last season, averaging only 2.27 goals/gm in their final 11 games.
Ben Hutton, Bill Norman, Dan Renouf, Conor Riley, Jake Rutt (A), Eric Schurhamer
Brice O’Connor, Kyle Williams
Mark Hamilton, Malcolm Hayes
The defense as a whole got much better, as well as bigger in size. Both O’Connor and Williams were both less than six feet, the addition of Hamilton and Hayes bring in defensemen with heights of 6’3″ and 6’2″ respectively. Ben Hutton can only continue to see success as he’s played two solid years as an underclassman (19-25-44). The most important question is who will join him on that first defensive pair? Jake Rutt would seem like the logical choice, despite issues with discipline/physicality. Also will Gendron keep the pair of Renouf-Schurhamer together, as well as pair up Hamilton-Hayes for their first year? Will Riley see a regression of playing time from his first two years with these new additions.
Matt Morris (R-SO)
Martin Ouellette, Dan Sullivan
Nik Nugnes, Sean Romeo
This by far is the biggest question for this Black Bear team. Red Gendron has determined that all three men will be competing for the starter spot. One can assume Matt Morris will get the nod right away, but we’ll see if Gendron goes with a different system than last year. While it worked in the short term, Marty struggled down the stretch, as Sully only saw action in four games. One would hope Gendron goes more towards a two-goalie system.
The 2014-15 season is upon us, and it’s a good to get to know our incoming freshmen a little more.
Cedric Lacroix – Forward
Lacroix has spent the last two seasons with the Sioux City Musketeers. Last season he scored eight goals and 11 assists in 54 games. Coach Gendron noted his size and physicality.
He’s listed as 6’1″ and weighs 180 pounds, his hometown is Shefford, Quebec.
Lacroix will wear #14
You can follow him on Twitter @SweetCeddy
He’s gotten into a few fights in his USHL days, here he is in the Yellow sweater taking on Ross Olsson of the Lincoln Stars. Video courtesy of CK Nighthawk
Jack Musil – Forward
Musil comes from playing juniors in the AEHL with the New England Wolves this past season. There he scored 47 goals and 54 assists in 51 games. Coach Gendron commented on his stick work and his ambitions.
He’s listed as 6’1″ and weighs 180 pounds, his hometown is Hull, England.
He will wear #27
You can follow him on Twitter @Musil46
Liam Pecararo – Forward
Pecararo has spent the past two years with the Waterloo BlackHawks of the USHL. He scored 20 goals and 41 assists in 54 games this past season. Gendron mentioned he was one of the top forwards in the USHL last year and he has speed to go with his play making ability.
He’s listed as 5’11” and weighs 164 pounds, his hometown is Canton, Massachusetts.
He will wear #39
You can follow him on Twitter @LiamPeca96
Here’s some footage of him playing for Waterloo this past year, video courtesy of USHLinteractive
Nolan Vesey – Forward
Vesey spent last season playing junior hockey with the South Shore Kings. He scored 26 goals and 40 assists in 48 games. This past June he was selected 158th overall in 6th round of the NHL draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Gendron likes Vesey’s size that pairs with his sense and scoring ability.
He’s listed as 6’2″ and weighs 210 pounds, his hometown is North Reading, Massachusetts.
He will wear #33
You can follow him on Twitter @NolanVesey13
This video below is from his days at Austin Prep where he scored two goals.
In addition, WLBZ’s Johnny Mehler did a story on his family’s past in hockey.
Mark Hamilton – Defenseman
Hamilton comes to UMaine after spending last season with the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League). There he scored three goals and two assists in 24 games, prior to Vernon, Hamilton played hockey at Salisbury school in Connecticut. He’s noted for his size, strength, and for being competitive.
He’s listed as 6’3″ and weighs 220 pounds, his hometown is Winthrop, Massachusetts.
He will wear #47
You can follow him on Twitter @m_hamil47
Malcolm Hayes – Defenseman
Hayes comes to Orono after spending last season with Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, MA, there he scored six goals and eight assists. Gendron commented on Hayes’s size, power, and offensive upside.
He’s listed as 6’2″ and weighs 220 pounds, his hometown is Atlanta, Georgia.
He will wear #67
You can follow him on Twitter @MHaze67
This video is a highlight package of Hayes from March of 2013
Sean Romeo – Goaltender
Romeo has played for the Youngstown Phantoms over the last four years. Last year he held a 3.42 GAA and a .891 save percentage in 30 games played. Gendron pointed to Romeo’s success in the USHL, and will compete with Morris and Nugnes for the starting job on the team.
He’s listed as 6’1″ and weighs 165 pounds, his hometown is Cary, North Carolina.
He will wear #30
Found a couple of videos of Romeo:
First one is him making a great glove save on a 2-on-1
This second one is making a great stick save
In addition the Black Bears will welcome in junior forward Andrew Tegeler, a transfer. He came over from UMass after only playing five games in 2011-12, he played junior hockey in 2012-13 and sat out last year [13-14] per NCAA rules.
With the new academic year starting in less than a month, UMaine athletics have been in the news lately.
Here’s a slate of stories from the past few weeks:
Last time we talked about Lomberg, he had left the university for junior hockey facing charges. Now weeks later, according to multiple media reports he’s expected to enter a plea of guilty on his disorderly conduct charge. This will mean he’ll pay $1,000 fine and his assault charge will be dropped, he’s due back in court on August 11th.
In additional Lomberg news, less than one month after the Lincoln Stars of the USHL acquired Lomberg’s junior hockey rights from the Muskegon Lumberjacks, his rights were traded again. This time his rights were sent to the Youngstown Phantoms, former home to four current Black Bears. Lomberg still has one year of junior hockey eligibility, and is currently not listed on the Black Bear roster. His future in college hockey is currently unknown.
Other Black Bear Departures
On top of Ryan Lomberg’s departure, he is one of three Black Bears not to return from the 2013-14 roster. Following freshman Josh Henke’s departure in July, it was followed up with sophomore Kyle Williams transferring to the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine this past week. One would say Williams size (5’10”) led to his departure, with two new defensemen coming in (Malcolm Hayes 6’2″ & Mark Hamilton 6’3″). Williams only saw action in three games last year and in 26 career games in a Black Bear uniform only scored one goal. Coach Gendron wishes Williams all the best and said he never had an issue with him.
Black Bear football players involved in off-the-field incident
Four Black Bear football players were involved in an incident at Acadia National Park in late July that featured underage drinking and consumption of alcohol on a beach where it is strictly prohibited. Quarterback Daniel Collins, linebacker Benjamin Davis, and tight end Sean Reuss received written summonses for underaged drinking, in addition senior linebacker Matthew Wilson received a written summons for possessing alcohol in an area where it is prohibited.
The players involved will do community service according to athletic director Karlton Creech, but said that him and head coach Jack Cosgrove will discuss further if punishment will need to be taken. Quarterback Daniel Collins is projected to be the starter this upcoming season.
Black Bear freshman decides not to join team this year
Incoming freshman quarterback Benjamin Lucas has cited “personal reasons” for deciding not to join the football team this fall. The Portland Press Herald reported that Lucas will be having shoulder surgery soon according to his coach Robby Vachon of Cony high school. Lucas had reportedly felt soreness in his shoulder back in the spring and while playing in the Lobster Bowl, Maine’s exhibition all-star game for football, back in July. Lucas won the James J. Fitzpatrick trophy, given to Maine’s top senior football player, in 2013 and led the [Cony] Rams to the 2013 Class B state title back in November.
A reminder, football season opener is less than three weeks away, meanwhile hockey season gets underway in two months
Ryan Lomberg has officially left the University of Maine ice hockey team and will return to the USHL to play junior hockey.
Lomberg is facing charges of assault and disorderly conduct from an incident on April 26, in this incident he allegedly knocked the victim to the ground and kicked him in the face and midsection before being pulled away, and according to multiple witnesses Lomberg was the aggressor in the situation. The victim suffered a broken nose and a concussion as a result, and on May 9th Lomberg was summoned. He entered a plea not guilty on June 19 at Penobscot Judicial Center, with no knowledge of a future court date. Coach Gendron suspended Lomberg indefinitely from the team on the day he was charged, and said he would come to a final decision after the court proceedings concluded.
First reported by Jeff Cox of SB Nation, Lomberg’s junior hockey rights were traded from the Muskegon Lumberjacks to the Lincoln stars of the USHL on Thursday, this indicated that his departure was imminent. It was officially confirmed yesterday that he was departing from the team to head back to the USHL, Lomberg has one year left of eligibility in junior hockey. After a year in the USHL, he will have two years left of NCAA elgibility.
Lomberg is the second underclassman to leave Maine this offseason, with freshman Josh Henke being the first after being cut a few weeks ago.
He only played two seasons in Orono, he had a stat line of 18-14-32 in 66 games. Lomberg had been suspended a few times prior to this incident including a violation of team rules in 2012 and discipline for a hit this past season.
ORONO – The campaign for the 2014-15 Maine Black Bears officially kicked off today with the release of their schedule.
The Black Bears will drop the puck on October 5th in an exhibition game against New Brunswick. Their season will get underway over Columbus Day weekend in Alaska as they will participate in the Kendall Hockey Classic. Over the two days they will play Alaska-Anchorage the first night (Oct. 10) and then Alaska-Fairbanks the next night (Oct. 11). The Black Bears will open their home schedule against defending national champions Union for two games over Homecoming weekend (Oct. 17-18). In exchange for traveling to Anchorage Alaska-Anchorage will travel to Orono for a pair of games at the Alfond (Oct. 24-25). Maine will close out the month of October by beginning their conference schedule against the UMass Minutemen (Oct. 31-Nov. 1)
The month of November is full of mostly conference games, after the game against UMass, they head up to Burlington, VT to face the Catamounts for a pair (Nov. 7-8). Maine will follow up that with a one-game weekend against rival Boston University (Nov 15.). From their they head down to Beantown where they will play at Boston University (Nov. 21) then head to Chestnut Hill the next night to play Boston College (Nov. 22). The Black Bears will close out the month with a pair of non-conference games against Vermont at the Alfond over Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 28-29).
December is a short month for the Black Bears with only three games on the schedule, they start by traveling to Umass-Lowell for one game (Dec. 6). They finish with a series against their arch-rival UNH, this installment of the Border War will be a neutral home-and-home series (that counts as non-conference games) starting on December 12th at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH, followed by a game the next night in Portland, ME at the Cross Insurance Arena (aka the Cumberland County Civic Center).
Maine starts the new year by hosting a two-game series against Atlantic Hockey member Canisius (Jan. 2-3), they follow that up by traveling to Amherst for a pair of non-conference games (Jan. 9-10). Next comes two games from two different opponents in Orono, UMass-Lowell on Friday (Jan. 16) then Boston College on Sunday (Jan. 18). Maine and UNH will once again battle in the Border War, this time as conference games, in a home-and-home weekend. The first game will be in Orono, ME on Friday (Jan. 23) and then in Durham, NH on Saturday (Jan. 24). They finish the month with a home-and-home series against Hockey East newcomer UConn. They’ll play at the Alfond first on Friday (Jan. 30) then head down to Storrs, CT to play at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum on Sunday (Feb. 1)
The final month for the Black Bears are full of nine conference games. After their game in Connecticut, Maine will welcome Notre Dame to the Alfond (making their first trip to Orono since 1991) for a pair (Feb. 6-7). Black Bears will then travel to faceoff against a recent foe in Merrimack (Feb. 13-14). Maine will then welcome Northeastern to the Alfond for senior weekend (Feb. 20-21). They’ll close out the regular season by traveling down to Providence to take on the Friars for two games (Feb. 27-28).
The new Hockey East tournament format is as follows:
Hockey East First Round: Best-of-3 series (Friday March 6 – Sunday March 8)
Hockey East Quarterfinals: Best-of-3 series (Friday March 13 – Sunday March 15)
Hockey East Semifinals: Friday March 20, at TD Garden in Boston, MA
Hockey East Championship: March 21, at TD Garden in Boston, MA
For a link to the expected broadcast schedule for WMEB Sports, click this link
Cody, Alex & Whitneigh sat down to dissect the 2013-14 Maine Hockey Season. See you at the Alfond in October!
The Black Bears Women’s basketball team, seeded 7th in the WBI tournament, won convincingly over 2nd seeded Bucknell 77-47 off of an amazing night from numerous role players; Liz Wood with 21 points (5 of 6 made from behind the arc), 5 rebounds and 3 steals, Ashleigh Roberts with 10 points, 3 assists, and 2 blocks and steals, Mikaela Gustafsson with 13 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 assists, and Lauren Bodine who had 11 points and 4 rebounds. Maine took a huge lead in the first, and never looked back, shooting a combined 60.7% from the field in the second half. They’ll go on to the next round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational to face Fairfield University this Saturday at 2pm. Below are the postgame press conferences from both teams.
Bucknell Press Conference:
Head Coach Aaron Roussell
Maine Press Conference:
Mikaela Gustafsson, Chantel Charles, Liz Wood, Ashleigh Roberts, and Head Coach Richard Barron
In the final installment, we look at the series we’re covering, Maine and Providence. Maine and Providence will battle at Schneider Arena in Providence, RI in a best 2-out-of-3 quarterfinal matchup in the Hockey East tournament. Games are scheduled for Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 7pm, & Sunday TBD if necessary.Record: Maine: 9-8-3 Hockey East, 16-13-4 Overall Providence: 11-7-2 Hockey East, 19-9-6 Overall Maine: 1-10-3 on the Road Providence: 10-5-2 at Home Maine: 1-3-1 in Last 5 games, streak: W1 Providence: 4-1-0 in Last 5 games, streak: W4 Pairwise Ranking: Maine: #22 Providence: #11t Season Series: Providence leads 2-0 Game 1: February 28, Alfond Arena, PRO 4-2 Game 2: March 1, Alfond Arena, PRO 3-2 Goaltending: Maine: Martin Ouellette, Sr, 32 GP/32 starts, 15-13-4, 2.22 GAA, .927 SV%, 4 SOs Dan Sullivan, Sr, 3 GP/1 starts, 1-0-0, 1.97 GAA, .917 SV% Providence: Jon Gillies, So, 29 GP/29 starts, 16-7-5, 2.22 GAA, .927 SV%, 3 SOs Nick Ellis, Fr, 7 GP/5 starts, 3-2-1, 2.35 GAA, .904 SV% Leading Scorer: Maine: Devin Shore, So, F (33 GP, 14-27-41) Providence: Ross Mauermann, Jr, F (34 GP, 18-15-33) Leading Goal Scorer:
Maine: Devin Shore, So, F (33 GP, 14 goals) Providence: Ross Mauermann, Jr, F (34 GP, 18 goals) Powerplay Goals Maine: Ben Hutton, So, D (33 GP, 8 PP goals) Providence: Ross Mauermann, Jr, F (34 GP, 4 PP goals) Team Offense: Maine: 22t/59 in the nation, 4t/11 in Hockey East (3 GPG) Providence: 22t/59 in the nation, 4t/11 in Hockey East (3 GPG) Team Defense: Maine: 12/59 in the nation, 5/11 in Hockey East (2.3 GAA) Providence: 13/59 in the nation, 6/11 in Hockey East (2.32 GAA) Powerplay: Maine: 37/59 in the nation, 7/11 in Hockey East (23/138, 16.7%) Providence: 53/59 in the nation, 11/11 in Hockey East (20/155, 12.9%) Penalty Kill: Maine: 17/59 in the nation, 5/11 in Hockey East (84.1%) Providence: 6/59 in the nation, 3/11 in Hockey East (86.7%) Penalty Minutes: Maine: 53/59 in the nation, 10/11 in Hockey East (9.6 PIM/G) Providence: 46/59 in the nation, 8/11 in Hockey East (10.3 PIM/G)