Thursday, April 17, 2014
The University of Maine hockey team will not have to go far for their first NCAA Tournament since 2007.
Maine (23-13-3) was assigned the No. 3 seed in the northeast regional in Worcester, Mass.The Black Bears will play Saturday against second-seeded Minnesota-Duluth (24-9-6).
Maine had been in contention for a No. 2 seed or better, before the Black Bears lost 4-1 to Boston College Saturday night in the Hockey East title game.
Boston College (29-10-1) is the top seed in the Worcester regional and will play the Air Force Academy (21-10-7). The Saturday winners will play Sunday. The Sunday winner will reach the Frozen Four.
The University of Maine hockey team moved up to sixth in the Pairwise ranking. With a win over Boston College tonight in the Hockey East title game, the Black Bears could move up and grab a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Maine is in line for a No. 2 seed at the moment. But depending on tonight's conference championship games (Maine fans should root for Harvard over Union in the ECAC), Maine could rise to take one of the four No. 1 seeds, or fall to a No. 3 seed.
The puck drops at 8 p.m. at the TD Garden. The game will be on NESN.
It is a feeling I have had before. I wake up and immediately sense something is wrong with a story I wrote the day before.
I powered up the laptop and saw my email box stuffed more than usual. Then I saw the word "Scott" and knew I was in trouble.
Yes, I know who he is. Yes, I left him out of a story today, when mentioning previous Hobey Baker winners from Maine. I wrote there was only one: Paul Kariya in 1993.
University of Maine senior forward Spencer Abbott was named the Hockey East Player of the year, the first Black Bears player in 17 years to receive the honor.
Abbott received the award during the league's annual dinner Thursday night.
Abbott and Boston College junior defenseman Brian Dumoulin of Biddeford were also the only two Hockey East players among the top 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the best Division I men's college hockey player.
The Hobey Baker top 10 were announced Thursday. The field will be reduced to this later this month. The winner will be announced April 6.
Boston College junior defenseman Brian Dumoulin of Biddeford has been named the Hockey East "Best Defensive Defenseman" for the second year in a row.
Dumoulin, who was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes, may be playing his final season with the Eagles. He will lead top-seeded BC in the Hockey East semifinals Friday at 5 p.m. at the TD Garden, against Providence.
Maine is playing the second semifinal game that night, against Boston University.
Hockey East announced several of its league awards Wednesday. Maine senior forward Spencer Abbott was recognized as being the top scorer in league games (15 goals/23 assists).