University of Maine sophomore goalie Matt Morris, who will be a medical redshirt this season for the men’s hockey team after having off-season hip surgery, said it will be tough to sit out a season but he should be 100 percent for next season.
“It [the hip] had been bothering me for a while and it got worse this summer. So I had it checked before I came back to school, and we decided to have surgery,” said Morris.
He played in six games a year ago and was 2-1 with a 2.83 goals-against average and a .881 save percentage.
Morris noted that one advantage to redshirting this season is the fact Maine has two senior goalies in Martin Ouellette and Dan Sullivan, so his playing time may have been minimal.
Morris will have three years of eligibility remaining and will battle for the starting job next year with incoming recruit Sean Romeo, who has verbally committed to Maine, and another goalie who will be recruited by the current staff.
Murphy coaching at Bentley
There will be a familiar face when the Bentley men’s hockey team visits Maine on Saturday as former Black Bear center Ben Murphy is in his fifth season as an assistant at Bentley.
Murphy played at Maine from 2001 to 2005 and scored the game-winner in triple overtime to beat UMass 2-1 in the 2003-2004 Hockey East championship game.
He finished with 15 goals and 33 assists in 141 games during his UMaine career.
The Falcons were 12-20-3 last season but return their top eight point-getters, their entire defense corps and workhorse senior goalie Branden Komm.
“Their first line (Alex Grieve between Max French and Brett Gensler) is very good and they’ve been a very solid team in that league for quite a while,” said Gendron. “As we all know, anyone can beat anybody else on a given night. College hockey has parity. Sacred Heart beat UMass Lowell on Friday night.”
Sacred Heart from Atlantic Hockey went 2-21-4 last season and UMass Lowell was the nation’s No. 1 team in both major preseason polls. Sacred Heart beat the River Hawks in Lowell 2-1 on Friday night.