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Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:24

Small state, big dreams

Maine is a small state. For most of us, most of the time, that's a good thing. We've chosen to live a bit off the beaten path because we prefer the somewhat slower pace, the open spaces and (bath salts addicts notwithstanding) the fact that things are relatively safe around here. Small is good when it means few traffic jams, a lack of smog, and the front page of the paper is devoted to hermits and not serial killers. One downside is the occasional lack of perspective and the need to have a taste of the big time life, which leads me to the subject of University of Maine hockey.

 

Published in The Sports Edge
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 12:57

Boston College wins NCAA hockey title

TAMPA, Fla. - Boston College is making winning NCAA hockey titles look easy.

Coach Jerry York and star goalie Parker Milner know how hard it really is.

'You can't buy one of these championships,' York said Saturday night after the Eagles beat Ferris State 4-1 for their fifth NCAA championship and third in five seasons.

'You have to earn them. And this team definitely earned it.'

Milner, the Frozen Four's Most Outstanding Player, made 27 of his 33 saves in the final two periods.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 11:24

Fair weather complainers

First, congratulations to the University of Maine men's hockey team for battling to the Hockey East Championship game and earning a berth at the NCAA tournament. Twenty-three wins and counting...

Second, congrats to the UMaine hockey fans (well, most of them) for actually acknowledging that the Bears are still playing into late March.

To some of you I just can't take it anymore. You've finally pushed me too far! By "you," I mean the UMaine hockey "fans" who want to see nothing more than Tim Whitehead fail and be fired, as though the program would be better off if that happened.

Published in The Sports Edge
Thursday, 08 March 2012 10:52

It's off to the quarterfinals

UMaine secures home-ice advantage in win over UNH

ORONO It wasn't a high-powered offensive game by any means, but the University of Maine Black Bears hung on to an early 1-0 lead against the University of New Hampshire Wildcats on Saturday to win both the game and home-ice advantage for the first round of Hockey East quarterfinals.

While dubbed Senior Night, the game was all sophomores with goalie Dan Sullivan and defenseman Brice O'Connor leading the Black Bears to victory after O'Connor scored the only goal of the game and Sullivan ended the night with his second shutout of the year.

The win was the 20th of the season for the Black Bears, who improve to 20-11-3 on the season and 15-10-2 in Hockey East play. New Hampshire fell to 14-17-3 overall and 11-14-2 in conference play.

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