Maine Hockey Journal

Maine slips in both USCHO and USA Today polls

The University of Maine men’s ice hockey team is coming off an average, at best, two game series last week against Michigan State Spartans, who were ranked No. 20 according to the USCHO.com poll.

The Black Bears took a 4-4 tie to open the series on Thursday, before falling with a 3-2 loss on Friday night in East Lansing. Maine’s lack luster performance has caused them to fall in the rankings; dropping to No. 12 in the USCHO.com top-20 poll and No. 11 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine after starting the weekend in the top-10.

Although No.11/12 isn’t a bad position to be in this early into the season, the Black Bears know they have a chance to jump up in the rankings with a giant series this weekend against No. 2 University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux.

In their series against the Spartans, Spencer Abbott had a record breaking game by scoring two goals in 10 seconds.

“It was mostly being in the right place at the right time. Van Dyk passed me the first one and Nyquist passed me the second one and both passes got me in great scoring position so I got lucky,” Abbott modestly commented.

Abbott went on about his series performance where he had a three goals in the series with nearly a forth off a Robby Dee tap in.

“It was kind of an average series,” Abbott said. “I think I did well in the power play and as a team we did well on the power play, but 5-on-5, I think our line kind of struggled.”

“We came out and tied the first game and we gave up a two goal lead to a really solid Michigan State team,” said Robby Dee on the series against Michigan State. “Friday, we came out kind of soft and we didn’t play that well, so it wasn’t an overall good weekend. But we’re going to rebound and I give all the credit to Michigan State.”

The Black Bears will look to rebound this weekend against an undefeated North Dakota team.

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