VANCOUVER, B.C. — University of Maine hockey player Ben Hutton, who recently completed his junior season, has signed with the Vancouver Canucks, according to Vancouver General Manager Jim Benning.

Hutton, 21, recorded 21 points (9-12-21) and 14 penalty minutes with Maine this season. In 108 career games for the Black Bears, Hutton had 28 goals, 37 assists (28-37- 65) and logged 40 penalty minutes.

Hutton, a native of Prescott, Ontario, was named a second team All-American following the 2013-14 season, when he also earned Hockey East first team honors. He was the recipient of the Bob Monahan Award, presented to the top defenseman in New England.

He was also named to the All-New England team.

Hutton holds the school record for goals in a season by a defenseman with 15 and is the first defenseman in Maine history to lead the team in goals scored. He also led the nation in goals scored by a defenseman.

Hutton also was a Maine Scholar-Athlete Award winner and was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team.


USM 7, ROWAN 4: Junior right-hander Shyler Scates lasted eight innings to help the Huskies (6-2) beat Rowan University (3-4) at Winter Haven, Florida.

Scates allowed eight hits, while striking out four. He allowed four runs, thre earned.

Brendan Joyce had three hits and two RBI while Paul McDonough hit his third home run.

BOWDOIN, ENDICOTT SPLIT: Sean Mullaney and Chad Martin drove in two runs apiece to help Bowdoin (4-5) post a 5-1 win over Endicott (1-3) in the first game of a doubleheader at Auburndale, Florida. Endicott won the second game, 15-8.

Harry Ridge was the winning pitcher for the Polar Bears, allowing four hits in six innings.


BOWDOIN 7, BABSON 5: Claire McCarthy pitched a complete game to lead Bowdoin (7-3) over Babson (4-3) at Clermont, Florida. McCarthy struck out four, walked none and allowed six hits.

Bowdoin defeated Plymouth State, 9-3, in its second game.

WESTERN CONN. 8, UNE 3: Western Connecticut State University (3-2) scored four runs in the top of the fifth on the way to a win over the Nor’easters at Clermont, Florida.

Kelly Murphy drove in all three runs for the Nor’easters with a pair of singles. Adrienne Chase also had two hits and scored.

The Nor’easters (3-3) won their second game of the day, beating Keene State 11-6.


ST. JOSEPH’S 18, UM-FARMINGTON 3: Brandon Boutin, Dalton Eldridge, and Patrick Hills all had three goals as St. Joseph’s (2-2) downed the University of Maine-Farmington (0-1), at Deering High’s Memorial Field.


Samantha Frank, a first-year student at the University of Maine, is a 2015 National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Association champion after competing in Allen, Texas.

Frank pinned two-time All-American Mikayla Pice of Southwestern Orange Community College in the 105-pound weight class. Frank was voted Most Outstanding Wrester at the meet and earned All-American status. Frank was the only wrestler for the Black Bears, but her win allowed Maine to finished fifth, with 21.5 points, among the 15-team field.

Two male wrestlers from Maine also won All-American honors, as the men’s team finished fourth with 49.5 points among 57 Division II teams. Jacob Powers was a fourth-place finishers in the 174-pound class and River Robertson placed fifth in the 184-pound class.

Powers, is a senior who graduated from Camden Hills Regional High School; Robertson is a first-year wrestler who graduated from Bucksport High School.