Brian Dumoulin always wanted to play hockey for Boston College even though he grew up in Biddeford.
Maine was in the running to obtain the services of the young defenseman, but when BC offered him a scholarship, he jumped at the chance.
Dumoulin said he chose BC because of the school itself, the types of players who were going there and the fact “it was closer to Biddeford than Orono was.”
The freshman and his Eagles teammates will invade Alfond Arena for a two-game set tonight and Saturday night at 7.
It will be a reunion of sorts for Dumoulin, who played for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs last season with current Black Bears Kyle Beattie, Matt Mangene, Adam Shemansky and Mike Cornell.
“I’m pretty excited about playing against four of my former teammates,” said Dumoulin, a second-round draft pick of the Carolina Hurricanes. “We’re all good buddies. They’re special players and they all seem to be doing pretty well.”
Dumoulin will obviously be trying to keep them from putting the puck in his net, and Beattie, Mangene and Shemansky are linemates as they were last year in the Eastern Junior Hockey League.
“Shemansky is doing real well, Mangene is one of the fastest players I’ve ever played with and Beattie is real smart with the puck,” said Dumoulin. “One of the best parts of the weekend is I’ll have a chance to actually shut them down. Nobody was able to last year. It’ll be fun going against them.”
Shemansky is Maine’s second-leading scorer (6 goals, 4 assists), Mangene has six assists and Beattie had an assist in each of last weekend’s games at Northeastern. Cornell has an assist in five games.
“It’ll be a blast to play against him,” said Beattie. “He’s a great defenseman.”
“We’re all friends, but at the same time, we’re all pretty competitive kids, too. Everybody wants bragging rights,” said Cornell.
“We’ve been chirping with him about playing against each other the past couple of weeks,” said Mangene. “We had a great time last year. He’s a great kid. It’ll be exciting.”
“Having practiced against him last year should help us out. We know his weaknesses,” added Mangene.
“It’s always good to play against your former teammates,” said Shemansky. “He’s a very good defenseman. He moves the puck well, he’s big [6-foot-4, 203 pounds] and he’s smart. He has all the tools, basically.
“Like Matt said, we know what we can do to pressure him and, hopefully, he’ll cough up some pucks.”
Dumoulin led Biddeford High School to two state Class A titles and was the EJHL Defensive Player of the Year for the Monarchs last year.
He has never watched a game at Alfond but recalled playing there in a youth hockey game, as did his brother, John.
“I’m pretty excited about playing there,” said Dumoulin, who will see duty on the special teams as well as skating a regular shift. “It should be a real competitive series. They’re real strong. They’ve got a good-skating team and a young team like we do. They’re fast and physical and their goalie [Scott Darling] has been playing real well of late.”