Union swept Maine this weekend after defeating them 5-2 on Saturday night.
Rick Bennett, Union Coach
Red Gendron, Devin Shore, Cam Brown
Union defeated the Black Bears 3-0 last night and here’s what the coaches and players had to say.
Rick Bennett, Union Coach
Devin Shore and Matt Morris
Red Gendron, Maine Coach
The Black Bears and Dutchmen will conclude their series tonight with puck drop set for 7:00 pm, WMEB will have you covered.
It’s homecoming week here at Umaine, WMEB’s Unsportsmanlike Conduct has you covered with this week’s episode
0:02:05 – Maine Football
0:28:57 – Maine Hockey
0:55:58 – Patriots
1:21:03 – MLB LCS Playoffs
1:36:38 – Game of the Week
We’re days away from the beginning of the 2014-15 season as Maine will travel to Alaska to participate in the Kendall Hockey Classic.
So we made a list of Maine’s top 10 matchups (in our opinion), feel free to tweet at us @sportsWMEB or comment below with your matchup you feel should be number one, or if one of the matchups didn’t make the list.
10) At Vermont: November 7-8, 2014 (Gutterson Fieldhouse)
While not the toughest opponent on the schedule, winning on the road never comes easy; Maine has learned that the hard way in many places, Burlington being one of them.
The Catamounts have taken the last few contests at Gutterson Fieldhouse; in fact last time Maine won was Dec 3, 2011. With this game being conference games, every point counts, so it’s a pivotal series for Maine to secure in November before they take on the tougher opponents later in the season.
Vermont took three out of four, with Maine winning one conference game. The Black Bears and Catamounts will also play a non-conference series at Orono at the end of the month (Nov 28-29).
9) vs. Union: October 17-18, 2014 (Alfond Arena)
The defending champs will make the trek to Orono, estimated to be a little over 7 hours or 421 miles. Union will be returning to Orono for the first time since Dec 2008 back when now Providence coach Nate Leaman was behind the bench for the Dutchmen.
Overall one of the tougher opponents the Black Bears will face, the Dutchmen did lose a lot of talent as they only return one of their top five scorers. Union does return their netminder Colin Stevens that led them to the championship. Should be a contentious series as Maine welcomes one of NCAA’s newest hockey powers.
One of Maine’s earliest test, will really be a good way to show where this team stands.
8) at/vs. UNH: December 12-13, 2014 (Verizon Wireless Arena & Cross Arena (aka Civic Center)) (Non-Conference)
The Border War adds a unique gimmick to the storied rivalry with a non-conference home-and-home series in Manchester, NH and Portland, ME.
On night one the Black Bears will travel to the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH in their first of four games against the Wildcats. Then the next night the teams will head over to Portland, Maine to play at the Cross Insurance Arena (aka Cumberland County Civic Center) for game two.
Many of these games between Maine and UNH in recent years have been great games; these two shouldn’t be any different. Last year’s series was a split as both teams won their respective home games in the home-and-home back in January.
7) at Umass-Lowell: December 6, 2014 (Tsongas Center)
In Maine’s final conference game of 2014, they get a chance to end conference play (for the calendar year) on a high note.
Maine has the chance to take advantage of a weakened Lowell team, as the Riverhawks lost a lot of talent in the offseason. This includes their two prized goaltenders in Doug Carr and Connor Hellebuyck, as well as many of their top scorers from last year including Joseph Pendenza and Derek Arnold.
But despite all that, Lowell could still put up a fight at home, making it a tough game the Black Bears can’t take for granted. While the Riverhawks won’t be the same as they have the last few seasons, they’ll still give Maine a contentious game.
Maine won their home game and tied their road game against Lowell last season.
6) vs. ND: February 6-7, 2015 (Alfond Arena)
For the first time since 1991, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will make the trip to Orono, Maine to take on the Maine Black Bears.
This is Notre Dame’s second season in Hockey East play, last year Maine traveled to South Bend, so this year Notre Dame makes the trip. Despite the Irish’s eigth place finish in conference, they made a run to the Hockey East semifinals, and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. It’s a team that’s only going to get better from there.
Last year, Maine and Notre Dame split their series in South Bend last February, this was Maine’s only road win on the season.
5) vs/at UNH: January 23-24, 2015 (Alfond Arena & Whittemore Center)
In this second installment of the Border War for the season, we see a return to the traditional format as the Black Bears will host archrival Wildcats on night one, followed by a trip to Durham, NH for game two.
Maine makes their return to Portland after taking a year off while renovations were wrapping up at the Cumberland County Civic Center (now Cross Arena). Since the return of actual games to Portland, ME Maine has hosted Clarkson of the ECAC in November of 2011 and Atlantic Hockey’s Mercyhurst in January of 2013.
Unlike the Black Bears, UNH has a softer series leading up to this matchup as they have a home-and-home series with Umass the week before, while Maine will host Lowell and BC.
Both teams are looking to seek a new identity between the pipes as they have new faces for separate reasons.
4) vs. Northeastern: February 20-21, 2015 (Alfond Arena)
For Maine’s senior weekend, they will host Northeastern in their final two home games.
Maine has four seniors on their roster: Jake Rutt (A), Andrew Cerretani, Stu Higgins (A), & Connor Leen.
Like last year’s senior night, Maine gets a doozy of an opponent to close out the regular season against, as last year they hosted Providence to close out the 2013-14 season.
Northeastern boasts one of college hockey’s greatest talents in Kevin Roy. The Anaheim Ducks draft-pick enters his third year with the Huskies following two stellar years of leading the team in scoring. Northeastern has a great netminder in Clay Witt, as he enters his senior year.
Will be a tough way for the Black Bears to end the regular season at the Alfond as Northeastern is on the rise after sitting in the basement of Hockey East just two years ago.
Northeastern took the series last year as they won a game and tied the other at Matthews Arena back in February.
3) vs. Umass-Lowell/Boston College: January 16 & 18, 2015 (Alfond Arena)
Similar to last year, this is one of Maine’s toughest weekend by far; the only thing different is that these are home games.
Similar to #7, Lowell isn’t the same they’ve been the last few years, but by no means does that mean this team will just lay down to the Black Bears. Maine can still get the victory at home, but it won’t be easy. Maine has won the last two meetings at Alfond Arena against the Riverhawks.
Then two days later Maine will host to Hockey East heavyweight Boston College. One of the tougher opponents that will make the trip to Orono this year, the Eagles always provide a much needed challenge for the Black Bears to kickoff the second half of the season. Maine has taken four out of the last five against BC in Orono.
Overall a tough set of games for the Black Bears, will truly tell where the state of this team will be by this time in January.
Maine struggle in this series last year as they tied Lowell, then got blown out by BC on night two.
2) at Boston University/Boston College: November 21-22, 2014 (Aganis Arena & Conte Forum)
In this tough weekend, Maine first takes on their rival in Boston University. While BU still has some improvement to once again be considered prestigious, this isn’t the same team Maine rolled over 7-0 and 7-3 last season. The Terriers bring back a lot of talented scorers, as this is a young team. In addition they’re wielding some big recruits this year. It’s never easy to take one in an opponents building, let alone against a team like Boston University.
Then the next night, the Black Bears will travel across the Green Line to face a different rival in Boston College. While this rivalry isn’t that of UNH or BU, BC is still a rival nonetheless. BC clobbered Maine last January at Kelley Rink. While BC is expected to be favorite in this one, Maine still has the chance to steal one in Beantown.
1) at Providence: February 27-28, 2015 (Schneider Arena)
For the first time since 2010-11, the Maine Black Bears will close out the regular season on the road as they take on the Providence Friars.
Providence returns a lot of talent including their prized netminder Jon Gillies (Maine native). Providence returns lots of its talent, and was picked to finish first in Hockey East’s preseason poll.
Maine had a difficult time when faced against Providence last year, so this series won’t be any easier for the Black Bears. While they should size up skater-to-skater, goaltending (for now) still makes this a difficult weekend for the Black Bears.
Providence swept the Black Bears in 2013-14 after taking both the series in Orono during the regular season, then two weeks later in the Hockey East Quarterfinals, the Friars took care of Maine in a two-game sweep down in Providence.
Which matchup do you think is the toughest for Maine? Let us know if you feel any of these matchups are too high or too low.
This weeks topics:
0:05:45 – Maine Football
0:32:31 – Maine Hockey Roster
1:12:11 – Maine Hockey Schedule
1:47:43 – Bruce Glasier tribute
This week’s topics:
0:02:24 – Maine Football Review
0:15:50 – Preview of Villanova matchup
Major League Baseball
0:31:09 – Playoff Baseball
0:47:00 – Derek Jeter and the Fenway Ceremony
0:55:33 – “We’re On To Cincinnati” and the Monday Night Football Fiasco
1:25:10 – Cincinnati Preview
1:41:01 – “I don’t want to rant on the penalty situation” followed by a rant on the penalty situation.
1:43:07 – “Will we see Tom Brady leave New England someday?”
1:52:45 – Patriots predictions
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.