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21st-Oct-2006 10:27 am(no subject)
So, for those of you actually able to see the game on TV last night.  Was Maine really that good, or was UND slow? 

I'm loving the scoring that Maine is doing, but I'm a bit paranoid it won't stay around.
I attended the UMaine hockey game tonight against Bemidji State and I thought I would offer some insight as to what I saw. Over the last two nights the Black Bears outscored the Beavers 13-4. It's only the second game of the season, but Bemidji State did make the NCAA Tournament last year. This isn't Alabama-Huntsville or Merrimack we're talking about here.

OFFENSE: Speed and puck-handling were the standout skills I saw, led by team captain Michel Leveille, who is an absolute burner. Forwards Wes Clark, Mike Hamilton and Brent Shepheard are very fast with some nifty stick moves. Juniors Keenan Hopson and Rob Bellamy are great passers and have a nose for the puck. Defenseman Mike Lundin has a heavy slapshot from the point that seems to generate some nice rebounds on the power play. So far, the Black Bears have had no trouble scoring. The intensity level on the offensive attack is very high. They don't appear to quit on plays or get complacent holding a lead.

DEFENSE: Joining the talented Lundin, Super-sized soph Simon Danis-Pepin (6'7" 221 lbs) and senior Travis Ramsey (6'4" 211 lbs) bring the noise in the defensive zone. Ramsey skates like a two-way forward with some nice passing skill for a defenseman and he finishes his checks. Denis-Pepin is huge and uses his size to push opponents off of the puck as if they were small children. He does lack speed and will need to develop his awareness during an incoming offensive attack. With an expanded role and more playing time this season (23 games in '05-06) he should have the opportunity to do just that. Additionally on defense, don't miss scrappy 5'9" junior Bret Tyler, who plays a lot bigger than his size would indicate.

GOALTENDING: Big Ben Bishop begins his sophomore campaign after a fantastic 2005-06. The 6'7" keeper notched a 21-8-2 record last year with a 2.28 GAA and .907 save percentage. His size obviously makes him a tough goaltender to beat, but what Bishop needs to work on his staying in the net. He still tends to wander out of the crease and play the puck recklessly. Though he is an excellent puck handler, there are occasions where Bishop will play out of position and runs the risk of giving up an empty net goal. It looks like he's improving in this area, and if he puts up numbers similar to last year, you can expect the Black Bears to be playing in another NCAA Tournament.

DIAPER DANDIES: The future is assured in Orono with slick forward Zach Sills (6'0" 187) and big defenseman David de Kastrozza (6'3" 200). The superstar of this bunch though could be Teddy Purcell (6'3" 177). The freshman forward scored two goals tonight and seemed to be around the net the whole game. Remember the name. He's going to be a good one.

That's all I got. I'm no sportswriter. It's just one man's opinion.

Go Blue!

(cross-posted in blackbearhockey & hockeyeast)
13th-Oct-2006 07:15 pm - Maine Alum locations
In the search for new and interesting ways to avoid doing my work on my thesis, I decided to use hockeydb.com to find the locations of some Maine players near & dear to my heart.

Frank Doyle is back on the east coast playing for the Lowell Devils (NJ affiliate).

Ben Guite is now with the Albany RiverRats (after a season with the Boston Bruins).

Jimmy Howard is still doing well with the Grand Rapid Griffins.

Todd Jackson is now with the Phoenix Roadrunners

Prestin Ryan is with the Manitoba Moose.

Mike Morrison is now with Phoenix Coyotes. (I liked him with Ottawa, but maybe he'll get more playing time now).

Alright, that's it for now. 

4th-Oct-2006 10:52 pm - DROP THE PUCK!!
We're less than 48 hours from the start of the 2006-07 College Hockey Season.  There has been activity during the off season that could've been posted about in here - but I think many of us were focused on other things (i.e. Baseball).

But, the time has come again for the fastest game on earth to take center stage, especially for any Hockey East fans who also follow our beloved Red Sox.  So, to kick it off (and show my obvious bias towards my alma mater), how about an update from the University of Minnesota:


How does a Minnesota update make it into the Hockey East folder you say?  Because Maine open's their season against the Golden Gophers, and I will be at the Xcel Energy Center to watch it.

30th-Aug-2006 10:38 pm - 06-07 Preview
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It won't do anything for their hockey team's performance, but UMass-Lowell released new logos for next season. No word on uniform changes.

Courtesy of GoRiverHawks.com

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11th-Apr-2006 10:15 pm - Update: Jimmy Howard (UMaine)
Calvin - Denial
Jimmy Howard got into a fight at a Grand Rapid Griffin's game yesterday.  Here is a link to the video:


And here is a link to the article (3rd paragraph):


**cross posted in blackbearhockey & bcoolie**
8th-Apr-2006 10:05 pm - Frozen Four
Calvin - Denial
First of all: Congratulations to the University of Wisconsin Badgers for winning their 6th NCAA National Championship.

Second of all: Congratulations to a Boston College team that played a great game, and more importantly to Cory Schneider for standing on his head trying to keep the Eagles in it.

That game was just about all you could ask for from a national championship game. Now, for some thoughts on the games...

--Elliot (G - Wisconsin) is going to be amazing professional goalie. In fact, many of these players are going to make great professionals.

--The officiating througout all the games was very, very good. Nobody was perfect, and some calls were questionable, but in the end the officiating kept the games clean without deciding the games.

--Props to Jerry York. Knock him all you want for other things that have happened in his program, but after watching Wisconsin start celebrating on the ice, he pulled his players back onto the ice to make sure they saluted their fans (a tradition after ALL BC games, regardless of where they are played).

--Barry Melrose is a hack. Apparently he forgot anything he's ever known about hockey since the NHL moved away from ESPN. Let's recap some of the things he's said: "Is that Blacky the Black Bear?" "The pain of losing is more memorable than the joy of winning." "Nobody has a right to be in the frozen four." Apparently he's been using too much grease in his hair these days.

--On the other hand, Melrose and Thorne are right about BC - they are very young and probably will be back. Just like any team, they're going to lose some seniors, but this team rebounded from a horrible second half (lost the Beanpot to BU, swept by Maine @ the Alfond, dropped from 1st to 3rd in the Hockey East Standings, lost a heartbreaker to BU in the Hockey East Championship) to come back and make the NCAA Championship game.

--On a more personal note: I think Maine will surprise people next year. They are going to lose some important seniors, but some of the young players, most importantly Ben Bishop, got the opportunity to get some experience and grow this season. I would not be surprised to see them play really well next year. (Note to Coach Whitehead - Move Brett Tyler to a wing. He loves to jump into the offense, and he can be effective, but he's too weak defensively)

That being said, the 2005-2006 season is in the books. Is it October yet?


**X-Posted in bcoolie & college_hockey**
7th-Apr-2006 07:51 am - Season's End
Well, unfortunately, an up and down season for a team that seemed to be peaking at just the right time ended tonight.

Maine fell to a very strong, extremely talented Wisconsin team tonight, 5-2.

Maine had their chances, but couldn't capitalize against a team that just played better.

No real excuses. I mean, there were break downs on defense, mis-communication on offense, questionable calls, etc. But, these occur in every game at every level, and in the end you just have to tip your cap to the team that played better, and tonight that is Wisconsin.

I, for one, will be cheering for the Badgers to win their 6th NCAA Championship, first since 1990, against a BC team that has played well themselves lately.

For those who still watch, it should be a great game.

**x-posted in blackbearhockey & bcoolie**
5th-Apr-2006 04:05 am(no subject)
Added college_hockey to the affiliated communities list on the user info page. bcoolie mentioned they had requested it and he didn't know how to add it, so I did. :)
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