January 11, 2013

UMaine hockey team may yet roll with Beattie

Again healthy after a pair of October concussions, the Arizonan has the Black Bears on a mini-streak of sorts.

By Glenn Jordan gjordan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Kyle Beattie learned hockey on roller skates while growing up in Phoenix, but made the adjustment to playing on ice, and now the Black Bears may be heating up in Hockey East.

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"He was a late bloomer," Whitehead said. "In similar fashion, you see Kyle really emerging now."

A true freshman in Orono after spending his senior year of high school playing for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs, Beattie moved to center last season after two years as a wing. He more than doubled his point total to 27, which included 21 assists.

This season, he is tied for third on the team with two goals and five assists and has recently been centering a line that includes Maine's two leading point-getters, sophomore Connor Leen (10) and freshman Devin Shore (9).

Beattie is majoring in business management. At 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, he has filled out since coming to Maine and is looking forward to the opportunity of playing professionally after college.

For the next few months, however, his focus will be on righting the Black Bear ship and earning one of the eight Hockey East playoff berths.

"There's definitely enough time, with the way we're playing, to make it into the playoffs," Beattie said. "And once you make it into the playoffs, anything can happen. Anyone can beat anyone."

Staff Writer Glenn Jordan can be contacted at 791-6425 or at:

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