Maine 4 UNH 0: All Access

Maine HC Red Gendron & Matt Morris

UNH HC Dick Umile

Maine 6 UNH 4: All Access

Red Gendron, Devin Shore, and Steven Swavely

Dick Umile, UNH Head Coach

Border War: By the Numbers

Maine and UNH renew their rivalry in another installment of the Border War. Here’s how the two teams stack up:

Record:

Maine: 3-7-0 Hockey East, 8-15-1 Overall, 11th place, 6 HE pts.

UNH: 3-6-1 Conference, 8-12-2 Overall, 10th place, 7 HE pts.

Game One in Orono, ME

Maine: 6-7-1 at home

UNH: 3-7-0 on the road, 19-32-3 at Alfond Arena

Game two in Durham, NH

Maine: 2-7-0 on the road, 20-26-3 at Whittemore Center

UNH: 5-5-2 home

Maine: 3-2-0 in last 5 games, streak: W1

UNH: 3-1-1 in last 5 games, streak: W1

Ranking:

Maine: USCHO (NR), PWR (49), RPI (51)

UNH: USCHO (NR), PWR (36t), RPI (36)

Season Series:

Tied at 1

Game 1: Maine 5-2: at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH

Game 2: UNH 7-4: at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, ME

Goaltending:

Maine:

Sean Romeo, Fr, 16 GP/15 starts, 5-10-0, 2.91 GAA, .908 SV%

Matt Morris, SO, 10 GP/9 starts, 3-5-1, 2.91 GAA, .907 SV%

UNH:

Adam Clark, Fr, 19 GP/19 starts, 5-12-2, 2.86 GAA, .898 SV%

Daniel Tirone, Fr, 19 GP/3 starts, 3-0-0, 1.67 GAA, .935 SV%

Leading Scorer:

Maine: Cam Brown, So, F (24 GP, 5-14-19)

UNH: Tyler Kelleher, So, position (21 GP, 8-15-23)

Leading Goal Scorer:

Maine: Blaine Byron, So, F (24 GP, 9 goals)

UNH: Grayson Downing, Sr, F (22 GP, 14 goals)

Power Play Goals:

Maine: 4-way tie w/ 2 PP Goals (Brown So., Byron So., Hutton Jr., Hayes Fr.)

UNH: 2-way tie w/ 3 PP Goals (Willows Sr. & Downing Sr.)

Team Offense:

Maine: 38/59 in the nation, 10/12 in Hockey East (2.46 G/GM)

UNH: 25/59 in the nation, 6/12 in Hockey East (2.86 G/GM)

Team Defense:

Maine: 47/59 in the nation, 11/12 in Hockey East (3.17 G/GM)

UNH: t-40/59 in the nation, 9/12 in Hockey East (2.82 G/GM)

Power Play:

Maine: 49/59 in the nation, 10/12 in Hockey East (11/88, 12.5%)

UNH: t-38/59 in the nation, 6/12 in Hockey East (12/81, 14.8%)

Penalty Kill:

Maine: 34/59 in the nation, 8/12 in Hockey East (82.2%)

UNH: 12/59 in the nation, 4/12 in Hockey East (87%)

Penalty Minutes:

Maine: 46/59 in the nation, 8/12 in Hockey East (10 PIM/G)

UNH: 53/59 in the nation, 10/12 in Hockey East (9.3 PIM/G)

WMEB will there to broadcast both games live on the airwaves of WMEB 91.9 FM

Maine 4 BC 2: All Access

The Maine Black Bears defeated the #17 Boston College Eagles 4-2, here’s what they had to say after the game:

Red Gendron

Sean Romeo & Jake Rutt

Jerry York

 

Maine will be back in action next weekend as they play in a home-and-home with New Hampshire, Friday in Orono and Saturday in Durham. Both games can be heard live on WMEB 91.9 FM.

Maine vs Boston College: By The Numbers

Record:
Maine: 2-7-0 Hockey East, 7-15-1 Overall, t-11th place, 4 HE pts.
BC: 6-4-2 Conference, 13-7-2 Overall, 4th place, 14 pts.

Maine: 5-7-1 at home
BC: 6-4-2 on the road, 21-27-4 at Alfond Arena

Maine: 3-2-0 in last 5 games, streak: L1
BC: 4-0-1 in last 5 games, streak: W2

Ranking:

Maine: USCHO (NR), PWR (51t), RPI (53)

BC: USCHO (17), PWR (17t), RPI (18)

Season Series:

BC Leads 1-0
Game 1: 11/22/14 at Conte Forum, BC 4-1

Goaltending:
Maine:

Sean Romeo, Fr, 15 GP/14 starts, 4-10-0, 2.97 GAA, .905 SV%

Matt Morris, Jr, 10 GP/9 starts, 3-5-1, 2.91 GAA, .907 SV%

BC: Thatcher Demko, So, 19 GP/19 starts, 11-6-2, 2.04 GAA, .931 SV%

Leading Scorer:
Maine: Blaine Byron, So, F (23 GP, 9-8-17)
BC: Adam Gilmour, So, F (22 GP, 6-12-18)

Leading Goal Scorer:
Maine: Blaine Byron, So, F (23 GP, 9 goals)
BC: Chris Calnan, So, F (21 GP, 10 goals)

Power Play Goals:
Maine: 4-way tie w/ 2 Gs (Byron So., Brown So., Hutton Jr., Hayes Fr.)
BC: Adam Gilmour, So, F (22 GP, 5 PP goals)

Team Offense:
Maine: t-38/59 in the nation, t-10/12 in Hockey East (2.39 G/GM)
BC: 16/59 in the nation, 3/12 in Hockey East (3.09 G/GM)

Team Defense:
Maine: 48/59 in the nation, 11/12 in Hockey East (3.22 G/GM)
BC: 21/59 in the nation, 6/12 in Hockey East (2.32 G/GM)

Power Play:
Maine: 46/59 in the nation, 8/12 in Hockey East (11/84, 13.1%)
BC: 47/59 in the nation, 9/12 in Hockey East (12/92, 13%)

Penalty Kill:
Maine: 38/59 in the nation, 8/12 in Hockey East (81.0%)
BC: t-6/59 in the nation, 3/12 in Hockey East (87.8%)

Penalty Minutes:
Maine: 46/59 in the nation, 8/12 in Hockey East (9.7 PIM/G)
BC: 39/59 in the nation, 6/12 in Hockey East (10.5 PIM/G)

Lowell 2 Maine 0: All Access

The Umass-Lowell River Hawks defeated the Maine Black Bears 2-0 Friday night, here’s what they had to say:

Red Gendron

Devin Shore & Matt Morris

Adam Chapie & Norm Bazin

 

Maine Hockey will be back in action Sunday as they host Boston College, which you can hear live and commercial-free on WMEB 91.9 FM

Statement Weekend For Black Bears

Despite a slow start in 2014, the Black Bears have the chance to turn their season around as they resume conference play this weekend with two big games against Umass-Lowell and Boston College.

Ben Hutton had GWG on Saturday in 3-0 win

Ben Hutton had GWG on Saturday in 3-0 win

The Black Bears have opened up the new year on a high note winning three out of their first four games by sweeping Canisius at home and then splitting a non-conference series against Umass down in Amherst. “That was huge for us, we knew we had to pick up our socks, and that’s exactly what we’ve done winning three out of our first four. To be honest it could’ve been four out of four,” said Hutton.

While these opponents Maine faced are nowhere near what they’ll be facing over the next seven weeks, it was big for the team, “From that start we wanna kinda put that [first half] behind us and start fresh,” said sophomore Blaine Byron, who has a point in eight of the last ten games. With what Maine has ahead in the schedule, there’s nothing wrong with starting out with wins against a couple softer opponents before taking on some bigger challenges ahead.

But with Maine’s battery recharged they now face the daunting task of hosting both Umass-Lowell and Boston College, what’s the reward for this weekend? Up to 4 points in Hockey East, something the Black Bears desperately need. While it won’t be easy, the Black Bears are up to the task.

“Our confidence is back, we’re looking to come in and make a statement this weekend, let the rest of the league know Maine is a force to be reckoned with.” Said Hutton, Byron added, “If we can hot at the right time, teams won’t want to play us.”

If this team is serious about any run into March, it’ll start with at least two points this weekend, they have a lot of ground to gain, and with a top four finish all but mathematically impossible, they have a great chance to move into the middle four, meaning they host a first-round series in the Hockey East tournament.

Looking at the opponents Maine will face, both teams are surprises to what were preseason expectations. Lowell came in with low expectations, after losing many of their top scorers and both of their goaltenders, they were picked to finish middle of the pack despite winning the last two Hockey East championships. The Riverhawks have been resilient as they currently hold a share of first place, and are ranked #6 in the country. They’re lead by C.J. Smith who has 18 points so far this season, and Kevin Boyle in between the pipes holds a 2.23 GAA and 92% save percentage, both top 30 in the nation.

On the contrary Boston College, while not in a downward spiral, saw a dip in the first half where at one point they lost six out of nine games including four straight. Their net minder Thatcher Demko is having yet another stellar season as the Canucks draft pick in just his second year is making a name for himself. Despite the loss of Johnny Hockey, a lot of underclassmen have stepped up with sophomore Adam Gilmour leading the way for the Eagles. That being said, Eagles are in a great position sitting tied for fourth in Hockey East, which is good maybe just not to the standard of their fans.

Now looking at the weekend, Maine has a pair of tough games that will indicate if this team is for real or not. In my honest opinion, if this team has any chance of making some sort of a run, it’ll have to start this weekend. From a confidence perspective, what’s bigger than upsetting a top 20 program?

That being said, from what our crew discussed on Unsportsmanlike Conduct, the crew including myself isn’t fully optimistic. I myself picked Maine will lose both, though I and a lot of our picks were molded around this notion, the better chance for Maine to win this weekend is Sunday against BC with a couple individuals picking Maine over the Eagles.

f you won’t be going to the games tune into WMEB 91.9 FM as the hockey crew will have the call from the Alfond for both games, Friday at 7pm & Sunday at 3pm.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct: January 15, 2015

Unsportsmanlike Conduct for January 15, 2015

Topics:

Maine Hockey – 3:15

Patriots – 37:33

NFL Playoffs – 1:23:33

Games of the Week – 1:50:00

Maine vs. Umass-Lowell: By the Numbers

Record:
Maine: 2-6-0 Hockey East, 7-14-1 Overall, 10th place, 4 HE pts.
UML: 7-1-2 Conference, 14-4-3 Overall, T-1st place, 16 pts.

Maine: 5-6-1 at home
UML: 3-1-2 on the road, 16-41-1 at Alfond Arena

Maine: x-x-x in last 5 games, streak: x
UML: 4-1-0 in last 5 games, streak: L1

Ranking:

Maine: USCHO (NR), PWR (47t), RPI (49)

UML: USCHO (6), PWR (9), RPI (9)

Season Series:
Game 1: Umass-Lowell W 3-2 OT

Goaltending:
Maine: Sean Romeo, Fr, 15 GP/14 starts, 4-10-0, 2.97 GAA, .905 SV%
UML: Kevin Boyle, Jr, 17 GP/16 starts, 11-2-3, 2.23 GAA, .920 SV%

Leading Scorer:
Maine: Blaine Byron, So, F (22 GP, 9-8-17)
UML: C.J. Smith, Fr, F (21 GP, 7-11-18)

Leading Goal Scorer:
Maine: Blaine Byron, So, F (22 GP, 9 goals)
UML: Dylan Zink, So, D (20 GP, 8 goals)

Power Play Goals:
Maine: 4-way tie w/ 2 Gs (Byron So., Brown So., Hutton Jr., Hayes Fr.)
UML: 2-way tie w/ 3 Gs (CJ Smith Fr., Dylan Zink So.)

Team Offense:
Maine: T-35/59 in the nation, 10/12 in Hockey East (2.5 G/GM)
UML: T-3/59 in the nation, 1/12 in Hockey East (3.71 G/GM)

Team Defense:
Maine: 49/59 in the nation, 11/12 in Hockey East (3.27 G/GM)
UML: 25/59 in the nation, 6/12 in Hockey East (2.38 G/GM)

Power Play:
Maine: 45/59 in the nation, 7/12 in Hockey East (11/81, 13.6%)
UML: 14/59 in the nation, 1/12 in Hockey East (15/72, 20.8%)

Penalty Kill:
Maine: T-36/59 in the nation, 8/12 in Hockey East (81.5%)
UML: T-44/59 in the nation, 10/12 in Hockey East (80%)

Penalty Minutes:
Maine: 43/59 in the nation, 8/12 in Hockey East (10.1 PIM/G)
UML: 57/59 in the nation, 12/12 in Hockey East (7.5 PIM/G)

Maine vs. Umass: By The Numbers

Maine and Umass battle in a 2-game non-conference series at the Mullins Center down in Amherst this weekend, here’s how the teams stack up:

Record:
Maine: 2-6-0 Hockey East, 6-13-1 Overall, 10th place, 4 HE pts.
Umass: 1-10-0 Hockey East, 5-14-0 Overall, 12th place, 2 HE pts.

Maine: 1-6-0 on the road, 13-13-7 at Mullins Center
Umass: 1-8-0 at home

Maine: 3-2-0 in last 5 games, streak: W2
Umass: 1-4-0 in last 5 games, streak: L1

Ranking:

Maine: USCHO (NR), PWR (49t), RPI (51)

Umass: USCHO (NR), PWR (47t), RPI (47)

Season Series:

October 31 – November 1 at Alfond Arena

Game 1: Maine 6-5 OT (Brian Morgan GWG)

Game 2: Maine 3-2

Last Year at Mullins Center:

Game 1: Tie 1-1

Game 2: Umass 2-1

Goaltending:
Maine: Sean Romeo, Fr, 14 GP/13 starts, 4-9-0, 2.97 GAA, .907 SV%
Umass: Henry Dill, Fr, 15 GP/13 starts, 5-7-0, 4.01 GAA, .868 SV%

Leading Scorer:
Maine: Blaine Byron, So, F (20 GP, 9-7-16)
Umass: Frank Vatrano, So, F (19 GP, 12-7-19)

Leading Goal Scorer:
Maine: Blaine Byron, So, F (20 GP, 9 goals)
Umass: Frank Vatrano, So, F (19 GP, 12 goals)

Power Play Goals:
Maine: 3-way tie w/ 2 goals (Blaine Byron, So; Cam Brown, So; Malcolm Hayes, Fr)
Umass: Frank Vatrano, So, F (19 GP, x PP goals)

Team Offense:
Maine: 37t/59 in the nation, 10/12 in Hockey East (2.5 G/GM)
Umass: 29/59 in the nation, 7/12 in Hockey East (2.74 G/GM)

Team Defense:
Maine: 51/59 in the nation, 11/12 in Hockey East (3.45 G/GM)
Umass: 59/59 in the nation, 12/12 in Hockey East (4.42 G/GM)

Power Play:
Maine: 46/59 in the nation, 8/12 in Hockey East (9/72, 12.5%)
Umass: 38/59 in the nation, 6/12 in Hockey East (11/74, 14.9%)

Penalty Kill:
Maine: 49t/59 in the nation, 10/12 in Hockey East (79.5%)
Umass: 54/59 in the nation, 11/12 in Hockey East (76.4%)

Penalty Minutes:
Maine: 45/59 in the nation, 7/11 in Hockey East (10.1 PIM/G)
Umass: 15t/59 in the nation, 1/11 in Hockey East (13.7 PIM/G)

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