February 1, 2013

Diamond is the great equalizer for Black Bears

The senior's two late goals give Maine a 2-2 tie – and a moral victory – against Providence.

By Glenn Jordan gjordan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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WHO: Maine vs. UMass-Lowell

WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Alfond Arena, Orono

The Black Bears remain winless at Alfond in 11 tries (0-7-4) with only five home games remaining in the regular season.

"I still can't believe we don't have a win here," Diamond said. "That's just the game of hockey. I'm sure we're going to get a couple wins here."

The Black Bears return to action Sunday at Alfond against UMass-Lowell. They split two games in Lowell in November.

NOTES: Diamond's final goal ended a 1-for-36 stretch of power-plays for Maine, which hadn't converted with a man advantage since the second Mercyhurst game on Jan. 5.

Providence Coach Nate Leaman, like Whitehead, is a former graduate assistant at Maine who actually arrived in Orono to pursue academics rather than hockey. While earning a master's in biology he wound up coaching at Old Town High before becoming a volunteer assistant to Shawn Walsh in 1999.

"It's always great to come back," Leaman said. "I always think of Shawn when I come in here."

Gillies, who played at North Yarmouth Academy for a year, is one of three former Maine high school players on the Providence roster. Army played at Scarborough High and junior defenseman Kevin Hart, out four weeks with an injury sustained Jan. 12 against UMass, is a Cumberland native who played at Greely.

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