Maine Hockey Journal

Decisions still to be made in goal before puck drop

Orono, ME – With less than 24 hours before the puck drops, the University of Maine men’s ice hockey team still haven’t named a goaltender for their season opener in Schenectady, NY.

It will come down to senior netminder Dave Wilson or freshman Shawn Sirman.

On Wednesday, the team announced sophomore Scott Darling had been suspended for the series against Union for violating the school’s student-athlete code of conduct.

“He (Black Bears head coach Tim Whitehead) hasn’t said anything yet,” said Wilson. “He will probably let us know tomorrow during the day or tonight. Probably tomorrow during practice, but we are both ready. Who knows what will happen.”

Sirman sentiments were the same.

“I am sure he (Whitehead) has thought about it,” Shawn Sirman said. “He hasn’t told either of us yet. Hopefully, we find out today or tomorrow.”

Sirman is ready to get into his first collegiate game in.

“It’s pretty exciting getting my first college game in.,” smiled Sirman. Hopefully, get in the net.”

Sirman had a good week of practices according to Wilson.

“He looked great; he’s coming in real strong into the season,” he said. “He had a great season last year; he’s building off of that (and) he’s got a lot of confidence right now.”

The freshman goaltender believes the team had a good week of practices.

“The week has been great,” Sirman mentioned. “We are getting better and moving the puck better. The guys are really excited for this weekend. I think we will be ready.”

Last year, Union came up to Maine for a two game series in December which Maine swept. Scott Darling played in both games, but Wilson knows what to expect from the Dutchmen.

“They are a hard forechecking team,” Wilson said. “They have a lot of strong defensemen and their goalie is great in net. He controls his rebounds well. They will be a tough opponent, but we will be up to the challenge.”

Sirman will see a familiar face on the Union squad. Freshman Jeremy Welsh played with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. The Blades faced Sirman’s Kingston Voyageurs in the OJHL Championship last season. Kingston would win to take the OJHL championship.
“He’s a really good hockey player,” said Sirman. “He should be on one of their top lines.”

Notes: Defenseman Ryan Hegarty was also suspended by the club for three games. He will eligible to return on October 17th.

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