Maine hockey showed over the weekend that this team is still a work in progress after only grabbing one point against Lowell and BC.
In the first of two big games for the Black Bears, they faced a tough opponent in the Lowell Riverhawks. In what many felt were gonna be an even matchup, it was early on.
Maine was outplayed by the Riverhawks for basically the whole game, the saving grace was sophomore Ryan Lomberg who managed to net in the equalizer with less than 90 seconds left. Despite some close chances neither team managed to pull ahead in OT, leaving each team with one point.
Feeling that Maine barely escaped with one point, they were gonna need more than that to take on the #4 team in all of college hockey in the BC Eagles. Unfortunately Maine walked right into a slaughtering as the Eagles handed Maine a 7-2 defeat. Senior Kevin Hayes led the offensive showcase with a hat trick as well as two assists and Johnny Hockey managed to get 5 assists in the victory. Jon Swavely and Stu Higgins were the goal scorers for Maine. Red Gendron put it best in his post-game remarks, “we lost and we got embarrassed.”
Coming into this weekend I expected a much different result, but in hindsight after Lowell’s draw it seemed inevitable that this would’ve been a blowout. The absence of Steven Swavely is being felt and this team’s road struggles continue as they hold an official 0-7-2 record in away games. Luckily for Maine due to half the teams in Hockey East played out of conference, the Black Bears remain in fourth place in the Hockey East standings.
With half Maine’s remaining games on the road, one against arch-rival UNH and two against Notre Dame and Northeastern, Maine really needs to figure out these road woes and fast. Either that or one alternative would be labeling all road games as “neutral-site”, they’re 2-0-1 in neutral site games. But they need to figure something out and do it quickly.