October 19, 2013

Red Gendron’s alert

UMaine hockey team must be attentive and accountable

By Glenn Jordan gjordan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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WHO: Maine (0-2) vs. Bentley (1-2)

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Alfond Arena, Orono


Senior Dan Sullivan, Maine’s starter two years ago, became Ouellette’s backup last winter.

The Black Bears aren’t spending much time reflecting on seasons past. Not with the intensity of their current practices. At the end of a recent session, half the team dropped to the ice for pushups as a penalty for losing a competitive 2-on-2 drill.

“We try and keep score in as many drills as possible,” O’Connor said, “so we keep the competition level high.”

The Black Bears may be 0-2, but they are looking forward to a fresh start, a new era at Alfond Arena with a coach who plans to return Maine to the national playoff picture.

“There are positives,” Gendron said. “We’re working hard. Attitude is great. That’s all wonderful, but we made mistakes (against St. Lawrence) that wound up in our net. We didn’t execute plays offensively that could have wound up in their net. We didn’t do enough of either of those things properly to win and so it’s not good enough.”

Another chance awaits this weekend, against a 1-2 Bentley squad coming off losses to Sacred Heart (3-1) and Nebraska-Omaha (4-2).

“We believe that we’re a much better team this year,” said sophomore forward Steven Swavely, “and we believe that we can really compete for a championship this year. That’s everybody’s mindset. No one’s thinking about how bad we were last year. We’re only thinking about how much we’ve improved this year.”

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