The University of Maine men’s hockey team has added some speed to next year’s lineup.
Swift-skating right winger Matt Mangene, the third-leading scorer for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs in the Eastern Junior Hockey League, has verbally committed to attend Maine in the fall.
The 19-year-old Mangene has nine goals and 11 assists in 24 games. He has a pair of power-play goals and four power-play assists. He has two game-winning goals.
The 6-foot, 185-pound Mangene is a native of Manorville, N.Y., and he said he chose Maine over five other Hockey East schools.
“Maine blew them all away,” said Mangene. “I chose Maine because of the tradition and the coaches. The coaches were great. You won’t find a better place to play college hockey. I got chills when I saw a game [at Alfond Arena].”
He also said he liked the campus and the new buildings.
Mangene has been happy with his season and noted that he has even seen a little duty on defense.
“It has given me a little experience,” he explained.
Mangene said he wants to get “bigger and stronger” as he prepares for college hockey and he would also like to get faster.
“I want to be ready for the speed I’m going to have to deal with next year,” said Mangene.
He is a teammate of another Maine recruit, Kelen Corkum, who is the son of former Black Bear winger and current Maine assistant coach Bob Corkum.
Mangene’s coming to Maine is dependent upon his acceptance into the school and meeting NCAA eligibility requirements.