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)
Third installment of this series features the (4) New Hampshire vs. (5) Northeastern series. This will be played at the Whittemore Center in Durham, NH over the weekend. The schedule is as follows: Friday 7pm, Saturday 7pm, Sunday TBD if necessary.Record: UNH: 11-9-0 Hockey East, 19-16-1 Overall NU: 10-8-2 Hockey East, 18-12-4 Overall UNH: 9-8-1 at Home NU: 9-5-1 on the Road UNH: 3-2-0 in Last 5 games, streak: W2 NU: 2-2-1 in Last 5 games, streak: L2 Ranking: UNH: #20 NU: #14t Seasonok Series: UNH Leads 2-0 Game 1: November 15, Matthews Arena, UNH 3-0 Game 2: November, Whittemore Center, UNH 4-1 Goaltending: UNH: Casey DeSmith, Jr, 32 GP/31 starts, 17-14-0, 2.34 GAA, .922 SV%, 2 SOs Jeff Wyer, Sr, 7 GP/5 starts, 2-2-1, 2.80 GAA, .887 SV% NU: Clay Witt, Jr, 29 GP/29 starts, 16-10-3, 2.27 GAA, .935 SV%, 4 SOs Derick Roy, Fr, 5 GP/5 starts, 2-2-0, 3.88 GAA, .877 SV% Leading Scorer: UNH: Kevin Goumas, Sr, F (35 GP, 14-31-45) NU: Kevin Roy, So, F (34 GP, 17-26-43) Leading Goal Scorer:
UNH: Two-way tie for 18 goals (Sorkin & Willows) NU: Braden Pimm, Sr, F (34 GP, 20 goals) Powerplay Goals UNH: Nick Sorkin, Sr, F (36 GP, 6 PP goals) NU: Braden Pimm, Sr, F (34 GP, 8 PP goals) Team Offense: UNH: 17t/59 in the nation, 3/11 in Hockey East (3.14 GPG) NU: 16/59 in the nation, 2/11 in Hockey East (3.18 GPG) Team Defense: UNH: 20t/59 in the nation, 7/11 in Hockey East (2.56 GAA) NU: 32/59 in the nation, 8/11 in Hockey East (2.74 GAA) Powerplay: UNH: 9/59 in the nation, 3/11 in Hockey East (31/143, 21.7%) NU: 42/59 in the nation, 8/11 in Hockey East (27/167, 16.2%) Penalty Kill: UNH: 35t/59 in the nation, 11/11 in Hockey East (81.3%) NU: 20/59 in the nation, 7/11 in Hockey East (83.5%) Penalty Minutes: UNH: 58/59 in the nation, 11/11 in Hockey East (7.9 PIM/G) NU: 12/59 in the nation, 1/11 in Hockey East (14.2 PIM/G)
The final By the Numbers about the Black Bears will be up at noontime
For the second installment of the series, we take a look at the (2) Lowell vs (7) Vermont. The two will play at Tsongas Center in Lowell, MA over the weekend. The schedule is as follows: Friday 7pm, Saturday 7pm, & Sunday TBD if necessary.Record: Lowell: 11-6-3 Hockey East, 21-9-4 Overall Vermont: 10-10-0 Hockey East, 19-12-3 Overall Lowell: 10-3-3 at Home Vermont: 9-5-1 on the Road Lowell: 2-2-1 in Last 5 games, streak: L1 Vermont: 4-1-0 in Last 5 games, streak: W2 Pairwise Ranking: Lowell: #8 Vermont: #11t Season Series: Split at 1 Game 1: February 28, Gutterson Fieldhouse, Lowell 1-0 OT Game 2: March 1, Gutterson Fieldhouse, Vermont 3-2 Goaltending: Lowell: Connor Hellebuyck, So, 22 GP/22 starts, 13-7-2, 1.86 GAA, .939 SV%, 4 SOs Doug Carr, Sr, 12 GP/12 starts, 8-2-2, 1.80 GAA, .936 SV% Vermont: Mike Santaguida, Fr, 19 GP/19 starts, 10-7-2, 2.46 GAA, .912 SV%, 1 SOs Brody Hoffman, So, 16 GP/15 starts, 9-5-1, 1.95 GAA, .928 SV% Leading Scorer: Lowell: Joseph Pendenza, Sr, F (34 GP, 12-12-24) Vermont: Chris McCarthy, Sr, F (34 GP, 16-24-40) Leading Goal Scorer:
Lowell: Joseph Pendenza, Sr, F (34 GP, 12 goals) Vermont: Mario Puskarich, Fr, F (33 GP, 18 goals) Powerplay Goals Lowell: Three-way tie for 4 goals (Chapie, Arnold, & Holmstrom) Vermont: Two-way tie for 5 goals (Puskarich & Markison) Team Offense: Lowell: 29t/59 in the nation, 8/11 in Hockey East (2.82 GPG) Vermont: 27t/59 in the nation, 7/11 in Hockey East (2.85 GPG) Team Defense: Lowell: 3/59 in the nation, 1/11 in Hockey East (1.94 GAA) Vermont: 9/59 in the nation, 4/11 in Hockey East (2.26 GAA) Powerplay: Lowell: 21/59 in the nation, 4/11 in Hockey East (26/136, 19.12%) Vermont: 48/59 in the nation, 9/11 in Hockey East (22/150, 14.67%) Penalty Kill: Lowell: 5/59 in the nation, 9/11 in Hockey East (87%) Vermont: 31/59 in the nation, 2/11 in Hockey East (81.9%) Penalty Minutes: Lowell: 51/59 in the nation, 9/11 in Hockey East (9.8 PIM/G) Vermont: 41/59 in the nation, 6/11 in Hockey East (10.9 PIM/G)
Up next the (4) New Hampshire vs. (5) Northeastern by the numbers will be up at 11:20 am.
For the Hockey East quarterfinals, there will be posts on all four series. We’ll start with the matchup between (1) Boston College & (8) Notre Dame. The two will battle at Conte Forum over the weekend. There series is scheduled as follows: Friday 7pm, Sat 4pm, & Sun TBD if necessary.
Record: BC: 16-2-2 Hockey East, 25-5-4 Overall ND: 9-9-2 Hockey East, 21-12-2 Overall BC: 10-2-1 at Home ND: 5-6-1 on the Road BC: 3-1-1 in Last 5 games, streak: L1 ND: 5-0-0 in Last 5 games, streak: W5 Pairwise Ranking: BC: #2 ND: #9 Season Series: Tied at 1 Game 1: January 4, Fenway Park, BC 4-3 Game 2: March 1, Conte Forum, ND 2-1 OT Goaltending: BC: Thatcher Demko, Fr, 18 GP/18 starts, 13-2-2, 1.75 GAA, .935 SV%, 2 SOs Brian Billett, Jr, 16 GP/16 starts, 12-3-1, 2.44 GAA, .920 SV%, 1 SOs Brad Barone, Jr, 4 GP/0 starts, 0-0-0, 2.22 GAA, .931 SV% ND: Steven Summerhays, Sr, 33 GP/32 starts, 19-11-2, 1.88 GAA, .929 SV%, 7 SOs Chad Katunar, Fr, 5 GP/3 starts, 2-1-0, 2.36 GAA, .881 SV% Leading Scorer: BC: Johnny Gaudreau, Jr, F (34 GP, 30-34-64) ND: TJ Tynan, Sr, F (35 GP, 8-25-33) Leading Goal Scorer:
BC: Johnny Gaudreau, Jr, F (34 GP, 30 goals) ND: Mario Lucia, So, F (35 GP, 15 goals) Powerplay Goals BC: Johnny Gaudreau, Jr, F (34 GP, 9 PP goals) ND: Mario Lucia, So, F (35 GP, 7 PP goals) Team Offense: BC: 1/59 in the nation, 1/11 in Hockey East (4.18 GPG) ND: 24t/59 in the nation, x/11 in Hockey East (2.97 GPG) Team Defense: BC: 5/59 in the nation, 3/11 in Hockey East (2.09 GAA) ND: 4/59 in the nation, 2/11 in Hockey East (2.00 GAA) Powerplay: BC: 5/59 in the nation, 1/11 in Hockey East (29/122, 23.77%) ND: 28/59 in the nation, 5/11 in Hockey East (32/177, 18.08%) Penalty Kill: BC: 2/59 in the nation, 1/11 in Hockey East (91.3%) ND: 7/59 in the nation, 4/11 in Hockey East (86.5%) Penalty Minutes: BC: 30/59 in the nation, 4/11 in Hockey East (12.4 PIM/G) ND: 36/59 in the nation, 5/11 in Hockey East (11.8 PIM/G)
The next post previewing (2) Umass-Lowell vs (7) Vermont will be coming up at 10:40 am.
Last night the Black Bears and Warriors battled in the first round of the Hockey East Playoffs. Here are the highlights
The Black Bears will travel to Providence next weekend in the Hockey East Quarterfinals.
Game 1 – Friday 7:00 pm
Game 2 – Saturday TBD
Game 3 – Sunday TBD (if necessary)