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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Day 2 of the Maine High School Hockey Invitational

Here are some of your scores from Day 2 of the Maine High School Hockey Invitational

Tewksbury, MA over Kennett, NH 7-1
Hampton, NB over Cheverus 3-0
Cumberland, RI over So Portland 4-3

Belmont, MA over Cape Elizabeth 6-0

Biddeford over Cumberland, RI 3-1
Kennebunk over Gorham 3-0
St Joseph, CT over Thornton Academy 7-4
Coventry, RI over BBD, CT 5-1

Maineiacs win again

The Lewiston MAINEiacs couldn't wait to get onto the ice following their brief holiday break, and it showed on Tuesday night. Seven different players had multiple point games, including Francis Beauvillier, who scored a pair of goals, as Lewiston smoked the Victoriaville Tigres 7-1 in front of 2,831 fans at Colisee Desjardins.

After eight days off, the MAINEiacs took the ice with fresh legs in the first period, and it showed. Lewiston got out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of power play goals. At the 3:48 mark, Pierre-Olivier Morin picked up a loose puck in the slot, and slipped it through Antonio Mastropietro's legs. Four minutes later, Matt Bissonnette faked a wrist shot, then slid a pass across to Francis Beauvillier, who scored on a wrist shot in the right circle.

The MAINEiacs continued their offensive attack in the second period, lighting the lamp three more times. Etienne Brodeur was the first player to find the back of the cage in the middle frame, as he picked up the rebound of his own shot, and lifted the puck upstairs for his 30th of the season. 1:41 later, Francis Beauvillier netted his second goal of the night, potting a loose puck from the top of the crease. Cameron Critchlow picked up one assist on the goal, while Bryce Milson picked up the other in his MAINEiacs debut. Beauvillier's tally chased Antonio Mastropietro from the crease, as David Honzik took over from there. The relief goaltender played a solid second period, but was beaten once, as Michael Chaput scored Lewiston's third power play goal of the night off of a rebound.

Lewiston added to the lead in the third, scoring a pair of goals that were 1:13 apart. Olivier Dame-Malka scored the MAINEiacs' sixth goal of the night, finishing a cross-ice pass from Pierre-Olivier Morin. On the second goal, Stefan Fournier picked the top corner over Honzik's glove. Phillip Danault ended the shutout bid with 3:32 to go on a power play goal, but the damage was done, as the visitors cranked out the 7-1 victory.

Nicholas Champion earned the win for the MAINEiacs, as he stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced. Antonio Mastropietro was the losing goaltender, as he allowed four goals on 15 shots before being pulled in the second. David Honzik took over in relief, and made 17 saves on 20 shots for Victoriaville.

The MAINEiacs will return home on Thursday, as Lewiston and Victoriaville will conclude their home-and-home series at 7:00. That will be the first of five straight home games for the MAINEiacs, who are also home on January 4th, 7th, 8th, and 13th.

--Maineiacs Communications--

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Maine High School Hockey Invitational under way.

Scarborough gets first win of the day at PIA

Scarborough Red Storm's Hunter Lynch scored the game winner just 1:32 into the 3rd period to help Scarborough to a 4 - 3 win over Newington/Berlin, CT Tuesday Morning at the Portland Ice Arena.

The win was not an easy one for Scarborough, as the Storm's Nick Bagley (head contact) and Conner Gullifer (cross check) were off the ice with penalties, with just 2:30 left to go. The Storm called time out to stradegize the 5 on 3 disadvantage. Whatever Coach Gagne said worked as the defense stood strong in front of goalie Doug Pitts, and the Red Storm escaped with a 4-3 victory.

Scarborough's RW Mark Pearson had a goal and an assist in the win.

Other Tuesday scores

BBD over Kennebunk 3-2
Newington/Berlin over Deering 4-2
Hebron JV over Cumberland, RI 4-0
So Windsor, CT over Portland 8-0
Tewksbury, MA over So Portland 5-0

Hebron JV over Hampton, NB 2-1
Lowell, MA over Gorham 5-0
Belmont, MA over Berlin, NH 3-1
Coventry, RI over Yarmouth 6-1
Brookfield/Bethal/Danbury, CT over Lewiston JV 5-4
Belmont, MA over York 3-2

So. Windsor, CT over York 6-2
Biddeford over Edward Little 8-0
Thornton Academy over North Haven, CT 4-2
DeMatha over Lewiston 5-4
Biddeford over Amity, CT 8-3

Lewiston Blue Devils vs DeMatha, MD LIVE on MBRRadio



Monday, December 27, 2010

Maine High School Hockey Invitational cancels Monday's games

The Maine HSHI has cancelled all Monday games. Check back as we updates schedules ASAP. Paul Evans told PTP that the schedule for the rest of the week was being worked on and will be released possibly tonight.

10:32PM Monday Update - here is the revised schedule.

8:00am Scarborough HS vs Newington/Berlin HS, CT
10:00am Kennebunk HS vs BBD, CT
2:00pm Hebron JV vs Cumbeland HS, RI
4:00pm Portland HS vs South Windsor HS, CT
6:00pm South Portland HS vs Tewksbury HS, MA
8:00pm Falmouth HS vs St. Joseph HS, CT

Schedule stays same as before

MHG ARENA Tuesday Dec 28th
4:00pm Lewiston HS JV vs BBD HS, CT

PORTLAND ICE ARENA Wednesday Dec 29th
Schedule stays the same

MHG Ice Arena
12:00 Cape Elizabeth HS vs Belmont HS, MA

8:00pm Thornton Academy vs TBA

USM Ice Arena
12:00 Dematha HS, MD vs Pilgrim HS, RI
4:00pm Gorham HS vs South Portland HS

PORTLAND Ice Arena Thursday Dec 30th
12:00 Greely HS vs Dematha HS, CT

The only other games scheduled for Thursday are at MHG Ice Arena and they all
remain the same.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Portland Pirates game in Worcester postponed

The AHL announced via Twitter that the Portland Pirates game tonight in Worcester has been postponed due to the snow storm heading New England's way!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Gary Prolman Talks Maine HS Hockey Invitational

Gary Prolman stopped by to talk about Maine HS Hockey Invitational tournament, check it out below.

Former Mariners coach John Paddock heads back to Philly

According to a press release from the Adirondack Phantoms, former Maine Mariners coach John Paddock will be returning to Philadelphia to resume his role as assistant GM for the Flyer. He had been serving as an interim coach for Adirondack.

Check out the release right here for more info.

Friday, December 17, 2010

#Pirates crowned by #Monarchs

Bud Holloway scored three times to lead the Manchester Monarchs to a 4-3 win over the Portland Pirates in an American Hockey League game played tonight in front of 4,049 at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

Andre Loktionov netted the other Manchester goal as the Monarchs took over sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division with an 18-11-1-1 record.

Marc-Andre Gragnani, Matt Ellis and Mark Mancari scored for the Pirates while Luke Adam collected three assists. The Pirates saw a three-game winning streak end and are now 17-9-1-1 on the season.

The Monarchs got off to a quick start as Holloway scored twice in the opening three minutes to give the home side a 2-0 advantage, which they carried into the first intermission. Gragnani scored midway through the second to bring the Pirates to within one but Holloway answered with just over five minutes remaining in the second to complete the hat trick and send his team into the third with a 3-1 lead. Ellis scored 28 seconds into the third to bring the Pirates back to within one at 3-2 but Loktionov countered with a shorthanded tally two minutes later to put the home side up by two again. Mancari made it interesting with a five-on-three goal with less than four minutes remaining to complete the scoring.

The Pirates out shot the Monarchs 35-26 in the game, including 16-5 in the third period, as Jhonas Enroth took the loss.

The Allied Home Mortgage Three Stars of the game were all from the Monarchs. Holloway was the first, Loktionov the second and forward Jordan Nolan the third.


Maineiacs drop one to Montreal

The Lewiston Maineiacs lost a 4-3 lead in the third period and fell to Montreal 7-5 on Friday night. Details to come...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

MAINEiacs take home a 6-5 win over PEI

It was a back-and-forth night on Wednesday at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee, but in the end, the Lewiston MAINEiacs had the final say. Despite blowing a pair of two-goal leads, Lewiston erased a 5-4 deficit of their own, scoring twice in the third period, as they defeated the PEI Rocket 6-5 in front of 1,643 fans.

The MAINEiacs controlled the play in the first period, outshooting the Rocket 15-6. The lone goal of the frame came at the 11:40 mark, when Christophe Lalonde started a 2-on-1 rush down the left side of the ice. The rookie forward waited patiently for Cole Hawes, before slipping a pass across for the 1-0 lead.

Hawes scored again at the 3:03 mark of the second, finishing off a feed from Francis Beauvillier, starting what turned out to be a very eventful middle period. The Rocket came back to tie the game at two, as Cody Linteau and Samuel Morneau scored 1:08 apart from each other. Linteau's tally came off of a rebound in front of the crease, while Morneau's came off of a Lewiston turnover in the slot.

Lewiston was quick to respond, lighting the lamp twice more for a 4-2 lead with 6:45 left to go. Francis Beauvillier picked up the puck on the left side, and slid a backhander inside of the right post. Then, Antoine Houde-Caron jammed in a wraparound, with assists going to Stefan Fournier and Sam Henley.

Once again, the Rocket came back. This time, the visitors scored three straight goals, turning the 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 lead. Victor Provencher and Adam Polasek scored 1:12 apart, tying the game at four, before Ben Duffy found the back of the cage with 7.1 seconds remaining in the period.

Both teams switched goaltenders at the start of the third period, and that appeared to play to Lewiston's advantage. Stefan Fournier knotted the game at the 5:28 mark, taking a Sam Carrier pass off of the boards, breaking in alone, and scoring through the legs of Evan Mosher. 1:53 later, Sam Fin set up Michael Chaput, who didn't get all of his slap shot, but got enough of it to confuse Mosher for the game winning goal.

Andrey Makarov had a strong third period for the MAINEiacs, stopping all 14 shots he faced for his third win in a Lewiston uniform. Makarov filled in for Nicholas Champion, who allowed five goals on 24 shots in the first two stanzas. Evan Mosher suffered the loss, allowing both goals in the third period, while making 12 saves. Mosher took over for Maxime Lagace, who made 26 saves on 30 shots in the first 40 minutes.

The MAINEiacs will now head out on the road for a pair of games this weekend, starting in Montreal on Friday night at 7:05. The trip will then continue in Shawinigan at 4:00 on Saturday afternoon. Lewiston's next home game takes place on December 30th, when the Victoriaville Tigres come to town.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Adam returns to Pirates

The Buffalo Sabres re-assigned rookie forward Luke Adam to the Portland Pirates today.

Adam returns after his third recall of the season. The 20 year-old St. John’s, Newfoundland native enjoyed an eight-game stretch with the Sabres in which he collected his first NHL goal and assist. In 10 games this season with the Sabres Adam registered two points and eight minutes in penalties.

Adam returns to the Pirates where he sits third in team scoring with 11 goals and eight assists for 19 points in 17 games. Despite missing 10 games while on NHL recall, the 6-foot-2 forward still ranks sixth in AHL rookie scoring and his 11 goals are tied for fourth most among first-year players.

In another roster move, the Pirates released Justin Bowers from his tryout agreement. The veteran forward, who was returned to Greenville in the ECHL, played three games without registering a point.


Monday, December 13, 2010

The Weekend in Pucks 12/10-12/12

Another weekend down, and more local hockey action to recap. Let's get to it:


The Pirates started a road trip in Adirondack on Saturday night to take on the Phantoms, and Paul Byron and Derek Whitmore scored third period goals to lift the Portland Pirates to a 2-1 win over the Adirondack Phantoms at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Jhonas Enroth made 27 saves to support the Pirates victory, their second straight. The win put Portland at 16-8-1-1 on the season. Luke Pither scored the lone Adirondack goal. The Phantoms dropped to 4-21-2-0 on the campaign.

Sunday, the Pirates once again rode the hot hand of Derek Whitmore, who scored a pair of power-play goals to lead the Pirates to a 4-2 win over the Manchester Monarchs at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

Max Legault and Colin Stuart also scored for the Pirates, who posted their third consecutive victory and moved into a first place tie with Manchester atop the Atlantic Division. The Pirates are now 17-8-1-1 on the season.

The Black Bears kicked off their weekend in a sour way, blowing a 3-1 lead to UNH and losing in overtime 4-3. Gustav Nyquist tallied a goal and an assist, and his goal put the Black Bears up 3-1 5:12 into the second, but it wasn't enough, as UNH scored two third period goals, including a Dalton Speelman goal with 18 seconds left to tie it. In OT, Jeff Silengo tapped one in past Martin Ouellette 1:26 into the overtime period, and the Wildcats left town with a win.

On Sunday the Black Bears got one back, using a Brian Flynn hat-trick to beat UMass 4-1. Chase Langeraap got the scoring started when he put the Minutemen up 1-0, 14:34 into the first period, but the Black Bears scored four unanswered goals, the first being 5:33 into the second period when Brian Flynn notched his seventh goal of the season. In the third period, the Black Bears pulled away. They took advantage of a UMass interference call and Flynn notched his second goal of the game to put Maine up 2-1, 2:24 into the third period. Flynn would pick up his hat trick goal with 2:04 remaining in the third periodto put Maine up 4-1. Adam Shemansky added the other goal for the Black Bears, who are 8-4-4 on the season now.

Lewiston played on Friday night, and avenged a loss to St. John's with a 5-2 win at the Colisee. Nick Champion had 44 saves on 46 shots, and Olivier Dame-Malka, Antoine Houde-Caron, Sam Henley, Michael Chaput, and Etienne Brodeur had the goals for Lewiston.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Marco Sturm trade to the Kings is finally official

The trade of Marco Sturm to the Los Angeles Kings finally is official. On Saturday, the Boston Bruins traded the left winger to LA for future considerations. Sturm was the last remaining player on the Bruins who was obtained in return for Joe Thornton in 2005.

--Official Press Release--

BOSTON, MA – Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that Boston has traded forward Marco Sturm to the Los Angeles Kings for future considerations. The trade is contingent upon Sturm passing a physical conducted by Los Angeles’ medical staff.

2010-11 marked Sturm’s 14th NHL season and sixth with the Bruins. The Dingolfing, Germany native is a veteran of 855 NHL games with 234 goals, 232 assists and 466 points and is the NHL’s all-time leader in those categories for German-born players.

In his Bruins career, the 32-year-old skated in 302 games with 106 goals and 87 assists for 193 points. He began this season on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury in Game One of the Bruins/Flyers Eastern Conference Semifinal series on Saturday, May 1, 2010.

The 21st overall pick in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Sturm was acquired by the Bruins from San Jose with Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart for Joe Thornton on November 30, 2005.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sharks bite Pirates

Jonathan Cheechoo and Sean Sullivan each scored a goal and an assist to lead the Worcester Sharks to a 4-2 victory over the Portland Pirates in an American Hockey League game played tonight in front of 4,896 at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
Dan DaSilva and Kevin Henderson also chipped in goals for the Sharks, who improved their record to 13-7-1-4 with the win and moved past the Pirates into second place in the Atlantic Division.

The two Pirates goals both came on power play goals by Corey Tropp and Matt Ellis. Portland has now dropped three straight and six of their last seven, to drop to 14-8-1-1 and third place in the Atlantic Division.

Tropp started the scoring midway through the opening period, beating Stalock on a power play to put the Pirates up 1-0. Worcester would strike twice late in the first as DaSilva beat Pirates goaltender Jhonas Enroth top shelf for his fifth goal of the season to tie the game, and Sullivan connected 50 seconds later to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead. Worcester would extend their lead to two halfway through the second period on Cheechoo’s ninth goal of the season. Continuing the offensive surge, Henderson earned his second goal in as many games against the Pirates to increase the lead to three at 4-1 early in the third. The Pirates would tally one late in the third period on the Ellis power-play goal to finish the scoring.

The Sharks outshot the Pirates 28-26 in the game and Jhonas Enroth took the loss.
The Allied Home Mortgage Three Stars of the game were all from the Sharks. Cheechoo was the first, Steven Zalewski (two assists) the second and Sullivan the third.

The Pirates hit the road for three games this weekend facing the Providence Bruins, Adirondack Phantoms, and Manchester Monarchs. On Friday (December 10), the game can be heard live from the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence as the Pirates face the Bruins in a 7:05 p.m. start. The next night (Saturday, December 11), Portland will be in Glens Falls, NY taking on the Phantoms in a 7 p.m. faceoff, and the weekend wraps up in Manchester on Sunday (December 12) for a 3 p.m. game. All Pirates road games can be heard live on News Talk 95.5 WLOB and on-line at beginning with the pre-game show at 6:50 p.m. in Providence, 6:45 p.m. in Adirondack, and 2:45 p.m. in Manchester.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Brian Dumoulin named Pine Tree Pucks Player of the Week

March 8, 2010: Boston College's Brian Dumoulin during the NCCA hockey game between Miami and Boston College at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK #1 STAR - Brian Dumoulin Boston College - A little unconventional, but Brian is a Mainer from Biddeford, so making the US National Juniors World Championship Tournament team is kind of a big deal. Congrats to Brian and looking forward to later this month as Brian takers the world hockey stage in Buffalo.

#2 STAR - Spencer Abbott Maine Black Bears - Abbott continues his great season, scoring 3 goals and dishing 2 assists in a lossless weekend in Providence.

#3 STAR - Etienne Brodeur Lewiston MAINEiacs - Brodeur racked up yet another short handed goal during his 2 goal and 2 assist week for the Lewiston MAINEiacs.

Brian Dumoulin US World Juniors Team in sight. Interview also

LAKE PLACID, NY - AUGUST 03: Brian Dumoulin  of Team USA skates against Team Sweden at the USA Hockey National Evaluation Camp on August 3, 2010 in Lake Placid, New York. Team USA defeated Team Sweden 6-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Maine Sports Network has learned that Biddeford and Boston College's Brian Dumoulin has been named to the 2010 US National World Junior Team that will compete against the world in Buffalo later this month.

While Brian still had to compete for a final spot on the final roster, all indications are that Brian is one of the best defenders, at his age and level, right now in the country.

Here is our interview with Brian this morning.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Maine shuts out Providence 5 - 0 Saturday.

 Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Quebec) made a career high 32 saves as he shut out the Providence Friars on Saturday night en route to his first career win. The Black Bears broke the game open with three goals in the first 10 minute of the third period. Maine moves to 7-3-4 on the season and 5-2-2 in Hockey East play, while Providence falls to 6-6-4 overall and 3-4-4 in conference play.

Maine took a 1-0 lead at 12:16 of the opening period. Mike Cornell (Franklin, Mass.) sent the puck to Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) in the right corner. Nyquist then passed to Joey Diamond (Long Beach, N.Y.) who was on the left post of the goal. Friar goalie Alex Beaudry went to his right to play the puck as Diamond skated through the goal line. Without an angle at the net, Diamond shot the puck towards the goal and it went in off a Providence defender, giving Maine a 1-0 lead. For Diamond, it was his eighth goal of the season and second of the weekend.

Maine extended its lead to 2-0 at 17:02 of the second period. Josh Van Dyk (Woodstock, Ontario) carried the puck out of the defensive zone and got it to Brian Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.) in the neutral zone. Seeing Spencer Abbott (Hamilton, Ontario), but knowing he did not have a lane to pass, Flynn flicked the puck over the Providence defenders to Abbott. Abbott carried the puck in on Beaudry and beat him stick side for his 11th goal of the season.

The Black Bears made it 3-0 just 38 seconds into the third period when Nyquist scored his fifth goal of the season. Tanner House (Cochrane, Alberta) passed to Nyquist who was rushing the net. Nyquist was able to redirect the puck into the goal. Diamond also picked up an assist on the goal.

Brian Flynn (Lynnfield, Mass.) gave Maine a 4-0 lead when he fired a shot past Beaudry from the left face-off circle at 5:55 of the third period. The play was set up by Abbott, who got the puck to Flynn. For Flynn, it was his fifth goal of the season.

Kyle Beattie (Avondale, Ariz.) extended Maine's lead to 5-0 at 8:12 of the third when he received a pass from Matt Mangene (Manorville, N.Y.) and rifled the puck past Beaudry from the slot. For Beattie, it was his third goal of the season.

Ouellette was outstanding, stopping all 32 shots that he faced. He moves to 1-0-1 on the season. Beaudry made 23 saves for the Friars in 49:55. He falls to 5-6-4. Justin Gates made five saves in 10:05.

Maine returns to action on Friday, Dec. 10 when it hosts arch-rival New Hampshire at 7:30 PM at Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine. Tickets remain for the game and can be purchased by calling the Maine ticket office at 207-581-BEAR or 1-800-756-TEAM.

- University of Maine -

Paul Byron scores 2 for Pirates in shootout loss to Norfolk

Marc-Antoine Pouliot scored the only goal of the shootout as the Norfolk Admirals came-from-behind to top the Portland Pirates 4-3 in an American Hockey League game played tonight in front of 5,154 at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Chris Durno and Mike Angelidis scored in the final four minutes of regulation for the Admirals to erase a 3-1 deficit and force overtime. Angelidis’ goal came with 33 seconds left in regulation. Blair Jones netted the other goal for Norfolk, who improved to 14-6-3-1 with the win.

Paul Byron paced the Pirates with two goals. T.J. Brennan had the other while Corey Tropp collected two assists. The Pirates dropped to 14-6-1-1 with the loss.

Byron brought the Portland fans to their feet early and often in the opening period, netting the first of his two goals at the 9:25 mark of the first period.  Brennan scored his third goal of the season, beating Norfolk goaltender Cedrick Desjardins to his stick side, followed by Byron’s second goal of the game two minutes later to give Portland a 3-0 advantage heading into the first intermission. The second period played at a calmer pace as Norfolk’s Pouliot scored his seventh goal of the season, pulling the Admirals within two only 33 seconds into the period. Norfolk blitzed Portland at the end of the third period, with Durno scoring with just over three minutes left and Angelidis netting the tying goal with goaltender Desjardins pulled for the extra attacker.

The Admirals out-shot the Pirates 46-39 in the game as Jhonas Enroth stopped four of five in the shootout but took the loss.

The Allied Home Mortgage Three Stars of the Game were 1. Pouliot, 2. Byron and 3. Gragnani.

The Pirates close out the weekend with a trip to Worcester to take on the Sharks in the second matchup of the UNUM Challenge at 3 p.m. The game can be heard live on News Talk 95.5 WLOB and on line at beginning with the pre-game show 15 minutes prior to the opening face-off.

The next Pirates home game takes place Tuesday (December 7th) when the Sharks visit the Civic Center for the third out of 12 games in the UNUM Challenge in a 6:30 p.m. faceoff. Tuesday will be the first of three Mini Bobblehead Collectible nights this season. Sponsored by UniFirst, the first 2,000 fans into the game receive a bobblehead of Pirates goaltender Jhonas Enroth. Come to the game right after work and enjoy great food and beverage specials in the Civic Center’s Penalty Box Grill, which will open at 4:30 p.m., as well as the following Pirates partners: Rivalries, Siano’s, Gritty’s, Nosh Kitchen Bar, Binga’s Stadium, Dogfish CafĂ©, Walters and Yosaku. Also, make a donation of $5 or more to the Bruce Roberts Toy Fund or donate an unwrapped toy (to be distributed among Toys for Tots and WGME’s Joy of Sharing) to receive two free tickets to a future Pirates game. Tickets for the game, as well as each of the remaining Pirates home games, are on sale now by calling 207-775-3458, visiting the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office or on-line at


Saturday, December 4, 2010

#Pirates sign Roloff

University of Vermont alum Brian Roloff has signed with the Portland Pirates, agreeing to an AHL Standard Player’s Contract.

The 24 year-old from West Seneca, NY has appeared in all 21 games for the Pirates this season collecting five assists and four penalty minutes.

Roloff played five games for the Providence Bruins in 2009-10 after he finished his collegiate career at Vermont.

Friday, December 3, 2010

MAINEiacs get pounded in Saint John by Sea Dogs 6 - 1

The Saint John Sea Dogs have been at the top of the standings for most of the 2010-11 season, and offense has been the major reason for that. On Friday night, the Sea Dogs used six different goal scorers to defeat the Lewiston MAINEiacs 6-2 in front of 3,732 fans at Harbour Station. With the win, Saint John is now 14-0-0-1 on home ice.

The Sea Dogs controlled the play in the first period, outshooting Lewiston 20-4. However, the MAINEiacs stayed right with Saint John, playing to a 1-1 draw after twenty minutes of play. The visitors started the scoring at the 6:35 mark, when Francis Beauvillier laid a hit behind the net, before centering a pass to Cole Hawes, who beat Frederic Piche glove side. Just under four minutes later, the Sea Dogs evened things up, as Jonathan Huberdeau tapped in a feed on the right side of the crease. Ryan Tesink and Zack Phillips picked up the assists.

In the second period, the MAINEiacs took the shots advantage 15-10, but it was the Sea Dogs who made their shots count. A little more than two minutes in, Saint John got Lewiston running around in their own zone, thanks to a broken stick. A crisp pass from Steven Anthony to Danick Gauthier set up a one-timer, which Gauthier drilled into the back of the cage. Then, with less than four minutes to go, Michael Kirkpatrick cut toward the middle, before launching a slap shot just inside of the left post and the crossbar.

Saint John added to their lead in the third period, as Tomas Jurco finished off a cross-crease pass from Michael Kirkpatrick at the 2:16 mark of the final stanza. Just over six minutes later, Simon Despres made it 5-1, as he scored with a wrist shot from the slot. Lewiston's Jess Tanguy and the Sea Dogs' Mike Thomas exchanged tallies with less than seven minutes to go, producing the 6-2 final. Tanguy's 13th of the season was assisted by Christophe Lalonde.

Frederic Piche picked up the win for the Sea Dogs, making 28 saves on 30 shots. Nicholas Champion suffered the loss for the MAINEiacs, allowing six goals on 40 shots.

The MAINEiacs will return home on Sunday to begin a four-game homestand against the Montreal Junior at 4:00.

UMaine ties Providence

Spencer Abbott (Hamilton, Ontario) had two goals and an assist as the University of Maine men’s ice hockey team skated to a 3-3 tie with Providence on Friday night at Schneider Arena. The Black Bears scored what would have been
the game-winner as the final buzzer sounded, but it was ruled that time had just expired. Maine moves to 6-3-4 on the season and 4-2-2 in Hockey East play. Providence sees its record move to 6-5-4 on the campaign and 3-3-4 in conference play.

Maine opened the scoring just 45 seconds into the game. Brice O’Connor (Londonderry, N.H.) carried the puck into the offensive zone. He got the puck to Robby Dee (Plymouth, Minn.), who was able to find Spencer Abbott stationed at the left post.
Abbott beat Friar goalie Alex Beaudry for his ninth goal of the season. It was the first career point for O’Connor, who was playing against his older brother, Ian, for the first time.

Providence knotted the score at 1-1 at 1:03. Kyle MacKinnon was able to beat Maine goalie Shawn Sirman (Blezard Valley, Ontario) on a rebound. Ian O’Connor and Kevin Hart each assisted on the goal which tied the game.

Maine took the lead back at 12:28 when Mark Nemec (Rouses Point, N.Y.) made an outstanding pass to Abbott, who had beaten the Providence defenders. Abbott then beat Beaudry for his second goal of the game and 10th of the season. Ryan Hegarty
(Arlington, Mass.) also assisted on the goal for the Black Bears.

Providence tied the game back up at 2-2 at 15:49 with a goal from Alex Velischek on a shot from just outside the left face-off circle. Andy Balysky and Tim Schaller each also assisted on the goal for the Friars.

Maine grabbed the lead back again 1:13 into the second period when Joey Diamond (Long Beach, N.Y.) stuffed the puck past Beaudry. Abbott got the puck to Dee behind the net, who was able to find Diamond, who picked up his seventh goal of the season.

Providence tied the game at with a short-handed goal at 15:10 of the third period by Chris Rooney. He was able to get a step on the Maine defense and break in alone on Sirman.

Maine goalie Shawn Sirman made 35 saves in goal for the Black Bears. He moves to 2-0-2 on the season. Beaudry stopped 36 shots for the Friars. He moves to 5-5-4.

Maine outshot Providence 39-38 in the game, including a 7-2 edge in overtime.

The two teams return to action on Saturday, Dec. 4 when they face each other once again at Schneider Arena in Providence. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM.


The 10th Annual Maine High School Hockey Invitational Announce Schedule

The 10th Annual Maine High School Hockey Invitational Tournament Directors released the schedule of the 2010 MHSHI that takes place between December 27th through December 30th. The tournament takes place in 4 locations around Greater Portland at the Biddeford Ice Arena, MHG Arena in Saco, USM Arena in Gorham and the Portland Ice Arena.

Tickets are on sale now, $5 for adults and $3 for kids under 12.


Moncton holds on to 4 - 3 win against MAINEiacs

Luck was not on the Lewiston MAINEiacs' side on Thursday night, as they took on the Moncton Wildcats. Moncton's Allain Saulnier took advantage of a pair of fortunate bounces, as his two goals helped the Wildcats to a 4-3 win over the MAINEiacs in front of 4,369 fans at the Moncton Coliseum.

The Wildcats started the scoring early in the first period, as a defensive zone turnover cost Lewiston. Olivier Dame-Malka and Dillon Fournier were unable to start the rush at the side of the net. The puck was picked up by Alex Saulnier, who fed his brother Allain for the first goal of the contest. Just under six minutes later, Moncton extended the lead on a power play goal. The Wildcats used a lot of crisp passing, pinning the MAINEiacs deep in their zone. That allowed Alex MacDonald to sneak in from the point, firing home a one-timer from the middle of the slot.

Lewiston did get a goal back before the first intermission. Olivier Dame-Malka let a low slap shot go that was stopped by Owen. However, the shot produced a rebound which kicked out to Antoine Houde-Caron, and eventually Stefan Fournier, who ulitimately potted his tenth goal of the season.

In the second period, the Wildcats added to their lead, as Marek Hrivik scored a power play goal from the right side for a 3-1 advantage. However, the MAINEiacs had an answer, netting a pair of goals around the midway mark of the period. Pierre-Olivier Morin took a cross-ice feed from Sam Carrier, and blasted a shot through from the left circle, cutting the deficit to one with a power play tally. 26 seconds later, Sam Henley evened the score, knocking in a loose puck in the slot. Antoine Houde-Caron and Zach Shannon assisted on Henley's seventh goal of the season.

Just before the period ended, Moncton regained the lead with an unfortunate goal for Lewiston. Marek Hrivik tried jamming the puck in from the right side, but was fended off by Nicholas Champion. However, the rebound kicked over to Allain Saulnier, who scored before Champion could get to the other side of his crease.

Neither team could find the twine in the third period, despite a 17-3 shots advantage for the MAINEiacs, as the Wildcats held on for the 4-3 win.

Shane Owen was terrific again for Moncton, earning the win with 40 saves on 43 shots. Nicholas Champion took the loss for Lewiston, allowing four goals on 20 shots.

The MAINEiacs will conclude their three-game road trip on Friday night, when they visit the Saint John Sea Dogs at 6:30. Lewiston will return home on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 to play host to the Montreal Junior.


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Marc Savard Talks To Media

Our buddy Tim Rosenthal from Inside Hockey provided us with video of Marc Savard talking to the media today.

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