December 10, 2018
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Rested UMaine hockey team looks to get untracked at BU

Ashley L. Conti | BDN
Ashley L. Conti | BDN
University of Maine’s Brendan Robbins (right) looks for an opening to shoot on goal in this BDN file photo. Robbins scored 11 goals last season, but he’s still looking for his first point after eight games this fall heading into a two-game set with Boston University this weekend.

Following a weekend off, a rested University of Maine hockey team will begin a stretch of six games over the next three weekends with a two-game Hockey East set at Boston University on Friday and Saturday nights.

UMaine head coach Red Gendron said his team didn’t show any rust from the layoff and had a “very good” week of practice.

UMaine has been plagued by penalties and poor offensive production of late, leading to its current 1-4-1 stretch. It scored just 12 goals in the six games. UMaine is 3-4-1 overall.

“We have to redirect our emotions and stay out of the penalty box,” said Gendron, whose team is the most penalized in Division 1 (19.9 penalty minutes per game). “We’ve worked hard to fine-tune our defensive game. We also have to get more pucks and bodies to the net. We’ve had more than our share of scoring chances but we haven’t finished plays.

“Our players know our issues, and we have taken steps to correct gaps in our game,” Gendron said. ‘We’re all excited to get to BU and play.”

Three players who are mired in goal-scoring slumps are junior left wing Mitch Fossier, senior right wing Brendan Robbins and sophomore left wing Eduards Tralmaks.

Each will be looking for his first goal of the season, and the three players’ droughts have carried over from last year.

Fossier led the team in goals with 12 last year, while Tralmaks and Robbins were among four players tied for second with 11.

Fossier does have five assists this season and Tralmaks has four, while Robbins has yet to register a point.

Robbins has just one goal in his past 18 games dating back to last season; Fossier has one in 15, and Tralmaks has two in 20 games and both came on power plays.

Seven players in 2019 UMaine baseball recruiting class

Seven players, including three pitchers, are in the recruiting class for the 2019-20 baseball season at the University of Maine.

Right-handed pitcher Colton Carson from South Paris and Oxford Hills High School is one of the three pitchers along with Andrew Ruggiero from Swansea, Massachusetts, and Bryant Madden from Woodstock, Georgia.

Madden is a lefty.

The other members of the class are infielders Connor Goodmen of Miami Beach, Florida; Johnny Cohen of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey; outfielder Carlos Linares of Caracas, Venezuela, and Miami’s Christopher Columbus High School; and catcher Joe Stella from Pittston, Pennsylvania.

All have signed National Letters of Intent.

“The 2019 class brings a lot of versatility and depth to the current roster,” third-year coach Nick Derba said. “All of the incoming guys have the potential to impact the team in their first year.”

Carson has been an all-conference football and baseball player at Oxford Hills, and Derba said he has a fastball that registers in the “high 80s with good command of all three pitches.”

Oxford Hills coach Shane Slicer called Carson “a great competitor. He never gets rattled.”

Madden was ranked the No. 32 lefty pitcher in the state of Georgia by Perfect Game, and Derba said he has a “mid-80s fastball with a knockout changeup.” He can also play the outfield and first base.

Ruggiero was rated the No. 17 right-handed pitcher in Massachusetts by Perfect Game. Derba said he is an “excellent athlete who has shown some high velocity and a very good breaking ball.” Like Madden, he will also have the chance to earn playing time in the field.

Linares was ranked the No. 19 outfielder in Florida by MaxPreps, and Derba said, “His ability to track baseballs and swing it from the left side will further deepen our outfield for years to come.”

The power-hitting Cohen was rated the No. 10 shortstop in New Jersey and according to Derba “is an excellent athlete with a high baseball IQ who can play multiple positions.”

Goodman was the team Most Valuable Player at Miami Country Day and has done some exceptional work off the field, starting two charities in Miami.

“Aside from his ability to hit and play multiple positions, Connor is a role model and understands that, as an athlete, he has an important platform from which he can impact the community in a positive manner,” Derba said.

Stella was a two-time Perfect Game All-American/All Region selection.

“He is a very good receiver with pop in his bat,” said Derba, who also lauded his work ethic and leadership skills.

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