Maine Hockey Journal

Maine Announces 2010-2011 Men’s Ice Hockey Schedule

ORONO, Maine – Highlights of Maine’s 2010-2011 men’s ice hockey home schedule, released on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, include a two-games series with North Dakota in October and a match-up with defending national champion Boston College. The Black Bears will play 13 additional home games during the upcoming season. Maine will also try to defend its 2009 Florida College Championship when it faces Miami in the first round, in what is expected to be the strongest field in tournament history.

“We’re very excited to announce our 2010–2011 schedule,” said Maine head coach Tim Whitehead. “We have some great non-conference opponents, along with the always-challenging Hockey East schedule.”

The Black Bears return 91.7 percent of their total offense from this past season. Maine returns 11 of their top 12 scorers from the 2009-2010 season, including Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalist Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden). Nyquist, who was named a

First Team All-American and the lone unanimous selection to the Hockey East First Team, led the nation in scoring with 19 goals and 42 assists for 61 points. Along with Nyquist, Maine also returns Brian Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.) who tallied 47 points last season along with Tanner House (39 points), Will O’Neill (31 points) and Jeff Dimmen (Colorado Springs, Colo.) (30 points).

The Black Bears have seven opponents and 13 games scheduled against teams that played in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. In addition, Maine will play three games against defending national champion Boston College and will open the Florida College Classic against Miami, who also appeared in the 2010 Frozen Four. The Black Bears, who fell to Boston College in the 2010 Hockey East Championship game, have their sights set on an NCAA Tournament run in 2010.

The Black Bears host Acadia for an exhibition game on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 4 PM. Maine kicks off Hockey East Conference play in its season-opener on Oct. 8 when it hosts UMass Lowell. It will be a rematch of the 2010 Hockey East quarterfinal series which saw the Black Bears advance in three games after Tanner House (Cochrane, Alberta) notched the overtime game-winner in game three. Maine will host UConn the following night.

The Black Bears then travel to East Lansing, Mich. for a two-game series against the Michigan State Spartans Oct. 14 and 15. Maine then returns home on Oct. 22 and 23 to host North Dakota for a pair of games. October ends with a single game at Vermont on Oct. 30.

The Black Bears open November at Boston University on Nov. 6. The game will be a rematch of the 2010 Hockey East semifinal game which the Black Bears won 5-2. Maine then returns home to host Northeastern on Nov. 12 and 13. November ends with a trip to defending national champion Boston College on Nov. 19 and 20. Five of Maine’s first 12 games will be played against teams which competed in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

December opens with a two-game series at Providence on Dec. 3 and 4. Maine then returns home to host rival New Hampshire on Dec. 10 and Massachusetts on Dec. 12. The game against the Minutemen will feature a 4 PM start. Following the UMass game, the Black Bears will have a 16-day semester break before traveling to Florida for the 11th annual Florida College Classic. The 2010 field features Frozen Four participant Miami along with NCAA Tournament participants St. Cloud and Cornell. The Black Bears will open with Miami on Wednesday, Dec. 29 and will face either St. Cloud or Cornell the following day.

January opens with an exhibition game against the U.S. Under-18 Team at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland on Jan. 2. The puck will drop at 4 PM. The Black Bears travel to Merrimack on Jan. 8. Maine then returns home to play four out of the next five games at Alfond Arena. The Black Bears will host Providence on Jan. 14 and defending national champion Boston College on Jan. 16 in a game that will begin at 4 PM. The Black Bears travel to Northeastern on Jan. 22, before turning home to host Boston University in a two-game series Jan. 28 and 29.

February opens with a two-game series at New Hampshire on Feb. 4 and 5. Maine then returns home to host Vermont Feb. 11 and 12. The Black Bears travel to UMass Lowell Feb. 18 and 19. Maine will host Massachusetts in the final home games of the 2010-2011 regular season on Feb. 25 and 26. Before the game on the 26, Maine will honors its 2010 senior class, which has many impressive student-athletes.

Maine closes the 2010-2011 regular season at Massachusetts March 4 and 5.

Courtesy of the University of Maine

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