Comments for: Freshmen making immediate impact for Black Bears

Posted Nov. 13, 2012, at 6:09 p.m.

When a team struggles, the positives understandably can get overshadowed. The University of Maine’s men’s hockey team has obviously dug itself a deep hole resulting from its 2-9 start and 1-5 Hockey East record. But keep an eye on the freshman class. This could be one of the better classes …

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  • Anonymous

    “THE KEY TO THE FUTURE OF THIS PROGRAM” is when and only when they give TW the EXIT…then and ONLY then will the rebuilding begin and these players start to show what they have…2-9-0 at present…there’s no real bright spots…some that could make a team better,but not every night/not every period/not every shift…till there’s someone in place to utilize and push these guys…then thats what you have: 2-9-0….if you’ve watched and seen this is not a very solid team and that is putting as blunt as can be.

  • Anonymous

    I think we all see things as rock bottom right now. I read an article on USCHO yesterday that gave me a glimmer of hope tho. Jim Connelly ,senior writer wrote “Many might say Maine belongs at the bottom at 2-9-0 but having seen the Black Bears live for the first time on Saturday, I feel this is a decent team that hasn’t, yet, outgrown some costly mistakes.” Ok… someone who knows a little about what he is talking about seeing something positive that maybe, just perhaps we try to look for some optimism. Let’s face it, Maine is in a hole and .500 season looking dismal due to the start they have had. If we have a solid core and a freshman class with forty percent of scoring, get a new coach in here next year and it sounds like maybe there are building blocks in place to turn this thing around and develop players even more and even try to get in a few good recruiting classes in a row. Who knows even how any player on this team would play if they actually had a guy behind the bench they wanted to play for and got motivation. You could see a huge change just in the effort with that all alone and would result at worst in more grinding goals, forcing more turnovers simply by playing with that intensity. Lots to be answered but I don’t think it is out of the question Maine can be a consistent top 4 HE program again. Right now its BC……then second level round out top 4 and then everyone else.
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    • Anonymous

      These freshman all came to Maine because they wanted to play for Whitehead. Who knows if they’ll stick around to find out if they a new coach…

    • Anonymous

      After attending both UMass-Lowell games this weekend, I would not agree that lack of effort is the issue for this year’s team. These guys played very hard every shift of both games. After blowing a 3-1 lead on Saturday, their intensity did not wane. Now that is just 2 games out of 11 so perhaps you guys who’ve seen more games know better than I.
      What I did see was a significant lack of SKILL across all positions, save for a few players such as Leen and obviously Shore, who is going to be a great player if he sticks around. Ouellette also – technically more skilled and developed than Sullivan, and after 2 years being coached by Standbrook you have to think the same of Morris although we’ve not seen much of him yet.
      But this team is like all the other Whitehead teams where 3-4 guys are Maine-caliber (Nyquist, Abbott, Flyyn, O’Neil, etc.) while the rest of the team is clearly not, and probably no amount of quality coaching is going to change that. Overall there is just not enough talent to compete night in and night out with better teams.

  • Anonymous

    “They have combined for two goals and four assists and have generated 21 shots on goal.” Awesome!
    Another great piece of propaganda by Larry. Good grief…

    • Anonymous

      One question I have (and to be clear, I’m not sticking up for Larry here), but why do I never hear any of you guys getting on the guy that hosts the Tim Whitehead show @ the Sea dog. That guy has all the opportunity in the world to ask Tim the real tough questions about the state of the Maine hockey program and it’s live show. If anyone has the opp. to hold Tim accountable, it’s that guy.

      Also, for all the people that are upset with the program, how come you/they aren’t @ the seadog asking Tim themselves?

      Just asking…

      • Anonymous

        Well Mickey that is a good question and I don’t know that people don’t hold him accountable because I don’t listen to the show. However, this board is a place for all Maine fans to talk directly to one another about what’s going on with Maine hockey in a way that a radio show cannot offer.
        As for Larry, I think it is reasonable for him to ask questions that fans want answered – not to hold Whitehead accountable because that is not his job – but because the fans want answers not puff pieces that have no chance of addressing the real issues facing this program.

  • The only talent Maine has is Shore, Lomberg, Merchant, and Hutton.

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