Maine Hockey Journal

Maine off to Burlington to take on the Catamounts

The University of Maine’s men’s ice hockey team travel to Burlington, VT to meet the University of Vermont to square off in a Hockey East battle.

The last time these teams met was in January 2010 where Maine took one game away from the Catamounts 6-3 and tied the second game 4-4. Since then, the Black Bears have a record of 3-1-2, while the Catamounts are winless with a 0-1-2 record.

The Black Bears are hoping to sustain their momentum coming off two amazing performances against North Dakota last weekend. Maine walked away with two Hockey East accolades for their outstanding play during last weekend’s games. Maine was named the Hockey East team of the week and Brian Flynn was named Hockey East player of the week. Flynn scored three times in the North Dakota series, including the game winner in Saturday night’s 4-2 win for Maine.

“It’s nice to have that and it might give the guys some confidence. It’s good for things like that, but I think we have to put that weekend behind us and look forward to this one Vermont game,” said Flynn of the team’s recent achievements.

The Black Bear are ready to get their feet wet in the deep pool that is the Hockey East. UMass Lowell was first on the schedule and the Black Bears handled them with the utmost ease routing them, 8-1. Vermont is the first Hockey East team Maine has seen since Lowell, and it will be the first of many as they embark on a seven team tour of the Hockey East ending in December with UMass-Amherst.

“It’s nice to get back into conference games where points are up for grabs every night and you’re working hard to win the conference championship,” said defenseman Jeff Dimmen.

Spencer Abbott will look to keep adding points to the score sheet this weekend against the Catamounts.

Abbott already has 11 points on the season, scoring five goals and helping out with six assists.

“I’ve had a few good starts when I was a freshman and sophomore, but I didn’t maintain it throughout those seasons. But so far, I’ve done a good job in maintaining it and it’s really good for my confidence,” said Abbott.

Vermont will be looking to take out the Black Bears with solid defensive play and stand on your head goaltending by Vermont’s starting goalie Rob Madore.

“They’re a very defensive hockey team and we’re more of an offensive team, so it’s going to be a good battle for sure.” Abbott said, “We need to get pucks to the net ‘cause they’re a very good shot blocking team.”

Rob Madore played in 29 games for the Catamounts last season finishing with a record of 15-10-4, a .912 save average and 2.35 on goals allowed. Without Madore, Vermont went 2-5-3 making his presence on the team a massive piece to the puzzle that is Vermont.

Dimmen has skated against Vermont in eight games already in his career as a Black Bear. Dimmen has seven points against Vermont, and he hopes he can shed some light on the Catamounts for his younger teammates.

“You know what to expect from [Vermont] and as a senior you always have more experience against teams you’ve known since you were a freshman and hopefully I have a couple things that can help the younger guys,” Dimmen said.

Maine and Vermont have been playing each other in the Hockey East since Vermont moved into the conference back in the 2005/2006 season. Maine leads the series overall 15-13-3.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply