Byron Power Play Goal Lifts Men's Ice Hockey Past UML 4-2
ORONO, Maine — Blaine Byron (Manotick, Ontario) broke a 2-2 deadlock at 16:27 of the third period with a power play goal to lead the University of Maine men’s ice hockey team to a 4-2 win over #6 UMass Lowell on Sunday afternoon at Alfond Arena. Maine improves to 7-6-1 on the season and 4-2-1 in Hockey East play while UMass Lowell falls to 11-5-0, 4-2-0 in conference play. Maine’s win snapped UMass Lowell’s six game winning streak.
Maine jumped out to an early 2-0 lead just 10 minutes into the game behind a pair of power play goals. Brice O’Connor (Londonderry, N.H.) passed the puck to Cam Brown (Natick, Mass.) stationed just above the face-off cirlce. Brown took a few strides before firing the puck past UMass Lowell goalie Connor Hellebuyck. Eric Schurhamer (St. Paul, Minn.) also assisted on the goal which came just 5:52 into the first period.
Maine added to its lead with a second power play goal less than five minutes later. Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) found Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario) alone in the slot in transition. Shore got the puck to Hutton, who fired it past Hellebuyck, for his team-leading seventh goal of the season. Connor Leen (Chester, N.Y.) also picked up an assist on the goal.
UMass Lowell, however, pulled to within one goal at 14:34 when Derek Arnold fired home a wrap around attempt that Maine goalie Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec) was unable to control.
UMass Lowell tied the game at 2-2 just five second into a power play late in the second period when Ryan McGrath fired a shot from the right face-off circle past Ouellette at 19:24.
The game remained tied until late in the third period. Maine was awarded a power play with 5:15 remaining in regulation. Schurhamer fed the puck to Bryon, who fired a shot at Hellebuyck. The eventual game-winner beat Hellebuyck five hole. For Byron, it was his fifth goal of the season. Mark Anthoine (Lewiston, Maine) picked the the secondary assist on the goal.
Maine capped the scoring with an empty-net goal by Jon Swavely (Reading, Pa.) at 19:04 to earn the 4-2 win.
The Black Bears finished the game with a 38-28 edge in shots. Maine was 3-for-5 on the power play, while UMass Lowell converted on one of its two attempts.
Maine goalie Martin Ouellette stopped 26 shots en route to his seventh win of the season. He improves to 7-6-1. Hellebuyck made 34 saves and falls to 6-4-0.
The Black Bears return to action when they host America International College for a two-game set Dec. 13 and 14. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM both nights.
ORONO, Maine — University of Maine sophomore alternate captain Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) was named the Hockey East Warrior Hockey Co-Player of the Week on Monday, Nov. 25. He shares the award with UMass Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck.
Shore notched a pair of goals as Maine defeated #7 Boston College 5-1 on Saturday night at Alfond Arena. He scored the game’s first goal just 37 into the contest. He scored Maine’s fourth goal of the night midway through the second period. Shore, who was named the game’s first star, picked up the primary assist on Ben Hutton's goal late in the third period.
Shore leads Maine in scoring with four goals and six assists for 10 points. Shore and the Black Bears return to action on Friday, Nov. 29 when they travel to Vermont for a non-conference set with the Vermont Catamounts. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM on Friday night.
Maine hockey has numerous alumni excelling in various hockey leagues around the world. The Black Bears are rolling out a new feature “Black Bears in the Pros”, taking a regular update at these players. Here is the third edition of “Black Bears in the Pros.”
This Week’s Feature: This week’s feature highlights Gustav Nyquist, who was recalled by the Detroit Red Wings last week. He scored a goal 17 seconds into the game on Nov. 21 against Carolina and then notched the game-winning goal later in the contest to earn the game’s top star. He has played in three games with the Red Wings since being called up.
Orono, Maine— Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec) recorded his second shutout in three games while Brian Morgan (Windham, N.H.) had two goals and an assist as the University of Maine men’s ice hockey team shut out Boston University 7-0 on Friday night at Alfond Arena. Maine improves to 5-4-1 on the season with the victory and 2-2-1 in Hockey East play, while BU falls to 4-6-0 overall, 2-3-0 in conference action.
It was Maine’s most lopsided win since rolling past St. Lawrence 10-1 on Nov. 28, 2009.
Maine got on the board midway through the first period when Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) scored a goal in transition. Steven Swavely (Reading, Pa.) got the puck up to Connor Leen (Chester, N.Y.) who continued to carry it up the ice along the boards. Shore then beat BU goalie Sean Maguire stick side.
Leen then scored a five-on-three goal of his own with just six seconds remaining in the first period. He received a pass from Shore and beat Maguire, as he was stationed on the goal post glove side. Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario) also assisted on the goal.
Midway through the second period Maine got called for a pair of quick penalties, resulting in a lengthy five-on-three for Boston University. With the puck near the blueline, a BU defender dove for the puck, but was unable to save it. Hutton gained control of it and broke in alone on Magire. His shot trickled past Maguire and into the back of the goal. For Hutton, it was his fourth goal of the season.
The Black Bears added to their lead less than six minutes later. Cam Brown (Natick, Mass.) dug the puck out along the board and found Brian Morgan on an odd-man-rush. He made a quick pass to Blaine Byron (Manotick, Ontario) who fired the puck past Matt O’Connor, who had replaced Maguire in net. For Byron, it was his fourth goal of the season.
Morgan got on the scoreboard himself with a power play goal just over two minutes later. Eric Schurhamer (St. Paul, Minn.) had a shot from the blueline that Morgan tipped past O’Connor from the slot. Byron also assisted on the tally.
Maine continued to add to its lead in the third period. Bill Norman (Stockholm, Sweden) picked off a Terrier pass and broke in alone on O’Connor, beating him for his first goal of the season.
Morgan capped the scoring for the Black Bears when Brown picked off a pass and fed him midway through the period. He fired the puck past O’Connor for his third goal of the campaign.
The two teams finished with 34 shots apiece. Maine was 2-for-4 on the power play, while Boston University was scoreless in two chances.
Martin Ouellette was outstanding in net for the Black Bears, stopping all 34 shots that he faced to improve to 5-4-1 on the season. It was his second shutout of the season. Maguire made 17 saves in 29:18 to suffer the loss. He falls to 1-4-0 overall. O’Connor made 10 saves in 30:42.
The Black Bears, who play just a single game this weekend, return to action on Saturday, Nov. 23 when they host Boston College.
There are two kinds of speed that propel professional hockey players.
The speed of the brain and the speed of the feet.
The Marlies’ Spencer Abbott has the first. He is working on the second.
The second-year forward has registered at least a point in all nine games he has played. Abbott has a goal and 11 assists and sits second in team scoring behind defenceman T.J. Brennan who is in the middle of the season of a lifetime that includes 10 of the Marlies’ 30 goals.
ORONO- Black Bear rookies combined for four goals and eight assists to lead the University of Maine men’s ice hockey team to an 8-4 win over UMass on Saturday night at Alfond Arena. The Black Bears exploded for six goals in the second period. Senior Mark Anthoine (Lewiston, Maine) had two goals and two assists, while rookies Cam Brown (Natick, Mass.) and Blaine Byron (Manotick, Ontario) each registered their first career goals and also dished out three assists in the win.
UMass got on the board first with a shot-handed goal by Troy Power 2:43 into the opening period. Steven Iacobellis and Ben Gallacher each assisted on the opening period. The Minutemen took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
Maine came out flying in the second period and scored seven of the next eight goals. Josh Henke (Trenton, Mich.) knotted the score at 1-1 when he received a pass from Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario) just 1:33 into the period and fired it into the back of the goal for his first collegiate goal. Anthoine picked up the second assist on the goal.
Michael Pereira put the Minutemen ahead once again at 6:39 with a power play goal from Joel Hanley and rookie goalie Alex Wakaluk, making his collegiate debut.
Maine evened the score with some crisp passes in the offensive zone. Brown and Byron teamed up to find Morgan who beat Wakaluk for his first collegiate goal at 9:06. Cam Brown then notched his first career goal when he received a pass from Byron just over two minutes later. Dan Renouf (Pickering, Ontario) each assisted on the goal, which put the Black Bears ahead for good.
Linemate Byron notched his second career goal at 13:59 when he received a pass from Brown and fired it past Wakaluk. Brice O’Connor (Londonderry, N.H.) notched an assist on the goal as well.
Anthoine notched a power play goal with just 51 seconds remaining in the second period when he scored on the rebound of a Byron shot. Brown also assisted on the goal. Maine capped the scoring in the second period with a goal with just five seconds remaining. Henke passed to Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) on the blueline who unleashed a shot that went past Wakaluk.
Maine opened the scoring in the third period with a short-handed goal when Steven Swavely (Reading, Pa.) stole the puck and broke into alone on UMass goalie Steve Mastalerz, who replaced Wakaluk to start the third period.
UMass added a pair of power play goals in the span of three minutes later in the third to bring the game to 7-4. Power scored his second of the night from Iacobellis and Steven Guzzo. Michael Pereira got his second of the night at 12:27 when he got a pass from Joey Hanley and beat Maine goalie Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec).
Headed to the power play, UMass pulled Mastalerz in favor of an extra attacker late in the game. Maine used it to its advantage to score a short-handed empty-net tally. After making a save, Ouellette passed the puck to Conor Riley (Massena, N.Y.). He found Anthoine, who shot the puck from the defensive zone into the open net. It was his team-leading fourth goal of the season.
Maine and UMass finished with 32 shots apiece. Maine finished 2-for-5 on the power play with a pair of short-handed goals, while UMass was 3-for-6 with one short-handed tally.
Ouellette made 28 saves and moves to 3-2-0 on the season. Wakaluk made 17 saves in 40 minutes, while Mastalerz finished with seven saves in 18:31.
The two teams face off against each other again next weekend with a pair of Hockey East Conference games in Amherst, Mass. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM on Friday, Nov. 1.
ORONO, Maine — University of Maine men’s ice hockey senior assistant captain Mark Anthoine (Lewiston, Maine) was named the Hockey East Player of the Week on Monday, Oct. 28. Anthoine scored three goals and added two assists in Maine’s weekend sweep of UMass.
Anthoine scored Maine’s first goal on Friday night against the Minutemen. He followed that up by scoring a power play goal in Maine’s six goal second period on Saturday night. He also had a pair of assists in the frame as well as the Black Bears took a commanding 6-2 lead into the third period. Anthoine iced the game with an empty-net goal.
Athoine leads Maine in scoring with four goals and two assists for six points on the season.
Maine returns to action on Friday, Nov. 1 when it travels to UMass for a pair of games.
BOSTON – The City of Boston, Hockey East Association and Fenway Sports Management (FSM) today announced that tickets for Citi Frozen Fenway 2014 will go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 6 at noon. The two-week series of outdoor hockey and ice-skating events at Fenway Park will start on December 28 and run through January 13.
ORONO, Maine— University of Maine men’s ice hockey coach Red Gendron announced today that his program has received eight commitments for the 2013–2014 season. Cam Brown (Natick, Mass. / Youngstown Phantoms), Blaine Byron (Manotick, Ontario / Smiths Falls), Brady Campbell (Boenheim, Ontario / Elmira Sugar Kings), Zach Glienke (Eagan, Minn. / Eagan), Josh Henke (Trenton, Mich. / New Jersey Hitmen), Brian Morgan (Windham, N.H. / Muskegon Lumberjacks), Daniel Renouf (Pickering, Ontario / Youngstown Phantoms) and Eric Schurhamer (St. Paul, Minn. / Lincoln Stars) will join the Black Bears as freshmen this fall.
"We are absolutely thrilled to welcome the newest class of Maine Black Bears into our Hockey Family," said Gendron. "We feel that each will have an opportunity to contribute to the success of our program immediately and that each of these young men can develop themselves into top level players in Hockey East."
Brown is a 5-7, 150 pound forward who played last season for the Youngstown Phantoms, after spending the first part of the season with the Sioux City Musketeers. He played in 61 games on the season scoring 16 goals and adding 20 assists for 36 points. He had four power play goals to go along with four game-winners. He played for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs during the 2011–12 season where he scored 16 goals and added 35 assists for 51 points, leading the team to back-to-back Eastern Junior Hockey League championships.
Byron is a 6-0, 165 pound forward who was drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, 179th overall, by the Pittsburgh Penguins, played for Smiths Falls and the Kemptville 73’s last season. He scored 12 goals and added 40 assists for 52 points. He earned the Central Canada Hockey League’s Top Prospect Award in 2012–13.
Campbell is a 5-11, 180 pound forward who played for the Elmira Sugar Kings the past three season. A year ago, he scored 40 goals and added 29 assists for 69 points in 37 games. Last season, he was awarded the Ontario Hockey Association Top Prospect Award. He was named a Mid-Western Conference first team all-star and won the Leroy Jamieson Memorial Award for outstanding contribution to the team for several years.
Glienke is a 6-3, 195 pound forward who was captain last season for Eagan High School. In 28 games, he scored 32 goals and added 32 assists for 64 points. Glienke tallied five game-winning goal and three power play goals on the campaign. He was named All-Conference and All-State and was a finalist for the Mr. Hockey Award in Minnesota in 2013.
Henke is a 5-11, 215 pound forward who played last season for the New Jersey Hitmen. He tallied 26 goals and added 44 assists for 70 points in 51 games. He scored 10 power play goals and three game-winners. He scored nine points in eight playoff games to help lead the Hitmen to the 2013 EJHL Dineen Cup Championship.
Morgan is a 6-0, 180 pound forward who played last season for the Indiana Ice and the Muskegon Lumberjacks. He tallied 20 goals and added 11 assists for 31 points in 59 games. He previously played for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs, where he won a pair of Eastern Junior Hockey League Championships.
Renouf is a 6-2, 205 pound defenseman who has played the past two seasons for the Youngstown Phantoms. An offensive defenseman, Renouf scored 10 goals and added 18 assists for 28 points last season, to finish second on the team among defensemen in scoring. He led his USHL team to the Conference finals and was named USHL Defenseman of the Week three times.
Schurhamer is a 5-11, 190 pound defenseman who split last season between the Waterloo Black Hawks and the Lincoln Stars. He played in 37 games last season with a goal and eight assists for nine points. He won two state tournaments with Saint Thomas Academy and was a Mr. Hockey Finalist in Minnesota. He also earned the Gatorade Will to Win award.
The eligibility of all student-athlete is contingent upon admission to the University of Maine and compliance with all NCAA rules, including registration with the NCAA Clearinghouse.
Maine to Hosts 2015 Ice Breaker Tournament in Portland
ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine will host the 2015 Ice Breaker Tournament at the Cumberland Country Civic Center in Portland, Maine. College Hockey Inc., which manages the event on behalf of the Hockey Commissioner’s Association, made the announcement today.
WAKEFIELD, Mass. —Maine had 17 student-athletes named to the Hockey East 2012–2013 All-Academic Team announced recently. Each of the student-athletes had a grade point average of 3.0 or better in each of the two academic periods in which he was competing. Black Bear rookies Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) and Kyle Williams (Bowdoinham, Maine) were named co-recipients of the league’s Top Scholar-Athlete Award as each posted a perfect 4.0 GPA in the previous year.
Shore and Williams were also named to the 2012–2013 Hockey East Academic All-Star Team, which honors the top seven grade point averages by position. Williams was named to the team as a defenseman, while Shore earned the honor as a forward.
Maine had 17 of the student-athletes named to the All-Academic Team, the most of any school. Maine was followed by New Hampshire who had 15 honored and Vermont with 14 student-athletes honored.
Mark Nemec (Rouses Point, N.Y.) was one of six student-athletes that received “Distinguished Scholar” status. He achieved a 3.0 or better in each semester over four varsity seasons.
NEWS CENTER - Maine hockey’s all-time leading scorer Jim Montgomery has accepted the head coaching position at Denver University.
The captain of the Black Bears first national championship team in 1992-93 was offered the position Saturday morning and accepted the position later in the day. Denver University has scheduled a press conference for Monday morning to announce Montgomery’s appointment to their vacant position.
Montgomery spent parts of seven seasons in the NHL and 12 years collectively as a pro. After his retirement from playing in 2005, Montgomery spent one year as a collegiate assistant at Notre Dame then four more years in a similar position at Renselaer Polytechnic Institute.
The Montreal native’s first head coaching position came with the Dubuque Fighting Saints, a junior A team in the USHL. He also held the position of GM. In his three seasons with Dubuque he has amassed a record of 117-45-16, including the league championship in his first season back in 2010-11.
The 1993 Frozen Four MVP was one of four candidates on the University of Maine’s shortlist to replaced fired head coach Tim Whitehead. The other three are also former Black Bear players: current UMaine interim coach Bob Corkum, New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano, and Scott Pellerin, the head coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, who is the AHL affliate for the Islanders.
ORONO, Maine — University of Maine men’s ice hockey interim head coach Bob Corkum was named head coach for the U.S. Under-18 Select Team today by USA Hockey. The team will compete in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August.
Corkum served as an assistant coach for the 2012 U.S. Under-18 Select Team and was the head coach for the 2011 U.S. Under-17 Select Team that won the Five Nations Tournament with a perfect 4-0-0 record in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Corkum is serving as interim head coach at the University of Maine. He has served as an associate head coach with the Black Bears since August 2008.