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Maine’s Joey Diamond is a big reason the Black Bears are 6-3-3 in their last 12 games, with Diamond scoring seven of his 10 goals in that stretch.
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WHO: Maine (8-14-5 overall, 4-9-5 Hockey East) at Vermont (7-14-4, 4-10-4)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Gutterson Fieldhouse, Burlington, Vt.
RADIO: WLOB-AM (1310)
NOTES: C Kyle Beattie and D Nick Pryor remain out with concussions. D Brice O’Connor returned Sunday and D Ben Hutton practiced this week in anticipation of playing against Vermont. Both men’s and women’s hockey teams left Orono Thursday night in order to travel before the predicted snowstorm. The men plan to return to Maine after Saturday night’s game, but the women are scheduled to play again Sunday. The Black Bears are 6-0 when scoring at least three goals.
As a barrier island on the southern coast of Long Island, Long Beach was hit particularly hard, but Diamond said the damage to his home's basement paled in comparison to that sustained by neighbors who lost homes, cars and other property.
"There's still plenty of damage down there," he said. "Obviously it's a little better, but people are still not back in their homes. It's going to take a while for a lot of people to get back on their feet."
When asked if there could be a parallel between Long Beach and Orono, if the storm damage helped him gain a measure of perspective on a hockey season filled with frustration, Diamond raised his eyebrows.
"I don't think it changed me in any way personally," he said. "It makes you look at life a little different, I guess. But I'm not affected as much as people who were there. I can't say it gave me more motivation to come back and that's why we're winning, no."
No, the Black Bears are winning now because they're better than they were in the first half. Their hard work and diligent practice is paying off.
"It's not about how you start a season," Diamond said. "It's how you end it."
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