Maine Hockey Journal

Maine receive a trio of commitments; drop in polls

The University of Maine Black Bears men’s ice hockey team received three verbal commitments on Friday as Devin Shore, a 16-year old forward, and Daniel Renouf, a 16-year old defenseman, both teammates at Hill Academy in Vaughan, Ontario gave verbal commitments to Maine along with Matt Morris, a 17-year old goaltender of the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League.

According to Chris Heisenburg’s recruiting site, all three will enroll at the University of Maine either 2012 or 2013.

Shore, who is 5’11, 164 pounds, is leading Hill Academy in scoring with 22 goals and 40 assists in 36 games against USA and Canadian prep, midget, and Junior B teams. Second in scoring is Ryan Lomberg with 34 goals and 24 assists. He committed to Maine last spring for the 2012 campaign.

Renouf, a 6’1,190 pounds, is third on the team in scoring for defense with five goals and 26 assists.

Hill Academy’s head coach is former Pittsburgh Penguins and Hartford Whalers goaltender Frank Pietrangelo. Both Shore and Renouf are 2010 draft picks of the Barrie Colts. Shore was the team’s fourth round selection while Renouf was the team’s fifth round selection. Both were teammates last season with Ajax Pickering minor midget team. Lomberg was drafted by the Peterborough Petes in 2009.

Morris, who stands 5’10, weighing 195-pounds, is a native of Ridgewood, New Jersey. In his rookie season with the expansion Fighting Saints, he’s 14-3-3 with a league leading 1.88 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage which also leads the league.

Despite the numbers, it’s Jackson Teichroeb (6’1, 190 7-4-2 record with a 2.70GAA and a .903 save percentage.) Dubuque’s other goalie who’s ranked by the NHL Central Scouting for the upcoming NHL Draft.

Morris had a stellar season last year with the New Jersey Hitmen of the Eastern Junior Hockey League where he went 17-3-4 with a 2.13 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage. He was second behind Kennebunk native Brian Billett in wins, and goals-against average.

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Maine dropped two positions in the most recent USCHO.com top-20 poll, falling from No. 11 to No. 13. They also fell four spots from No. 11 to No.15 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll after going 0-1-1 last weekend against Boston University.

Biddeford native Brian Dumoulin and Boston College are the new No. 1 team in the nation after knocking off Yale as the No. 1 team in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Magazine polls. Denver moved up one spot to No. 2 followed by Yale, Minnesota-Duluth and North Dakota rounding out the top-five.

Maine will face off against No. 6/6 New Hampshire this weekend for a pair of games at the Whittemore Center in Durham, NH.

(with files from Chris Roy)

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