This weekend WMEB Sports will be broadcasting both Black Bear hockey games this weekend.
Game 1 is Friday night with puck drop scheduled for 7:00 pm
Game 2 is Saturday night with puck drop scheduled for 7:00 pm
The Black Bears will host the Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves, the team that defeated Maine at the beginning of the season two weeks ago. Some of the players are expecting a physical battle in this one.
Tune into UMaine pre game tomorrow at 1 pm as we’ll have a preview of the action this weekend.
Maine Hockey at 35:54
Patriots talk at 1:11:28
World Series Talk at 1:39:22
Frozen Fenway was a great experience for the WMEB Sports crew, but it was taken to a whole new level in the middle of the 1st period when a rain delay occurred. WMEB stayed on the air commercial-free for the entire 67 minutes of the delay, here’s the audio from their banter between Cody Beckett, Alex Quirk, Whitneigh Kinne, and some special guests.
Also check out the highlights from the game itself as Maine went on to defeat rival BU 7-3
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