Larry Mahoney

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The University of Maine's Devin Shore (center) dodges the University of New Hampshire's Matt Willows (left) as he brings the puck up the ice during the first period Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine. UNH won 7-4 and Maine finished the first half of its season with a 4-13-1 record.

UMaine Black Bears face uphill battle to turn losing season around in its 2nd half

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 15, 2014, at 3:11 p.m.
The University of Maine’s men’s hockey team closed out a forgettable first half of the season in appropriate fashion at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland on Saturday night. For the fourth time this season, Maine lost despite taking an early lead into the third period. UNH turned the game …
University of Maine goalie Sean Romeo deflects a puck during the first period of their game against UNH Saturday night at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine.

Downing, New Hampshire rally in third period to beat Maine hockey team

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 13, 2014, at 9:39 p.m.
PORTLAND | Another puzzling performance by his team left University of Maine men’s hockey coach Red Gendron perplexed after Saturday night’s nonconference 7-4 loss to the University of New Hampshire before a sellout crowd at the Cross Insurance Arena. On the heels of Friday night’s come-from-behind 5-2 win over …
Ed Sczerba of Eliot cheers after a referee's ruling during the University of Maine's hockey game against UNH Saturday night at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine.

‘We want to be the state’s team:’ Portland a valuable venue for UMaine sports

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 13, 2014, at 9:24 p.m.
The popularity of the University of Maine men’s hockey team was in evidence with another big crowd at the Cross Insurance Arena Saturday night. School officials expect to continue to schedule an annual game there while eyeing the potential of hosting an NCAA Regional. University of Maine …
MAINE HOCKEY JOURNAL (blog)

BDN: Maine snaps eight game losing streak

on Dec. 13, 2014, at 2:20 a.m.
MANCHESTER, N.H. — The University of Maine men’s hockey team spotted the University of New Hampshire a 2-0 lead before rallying for five unanswered goals to snap an eight-game losing streak with a 5-2 triumph at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Friday night. It was a non-conference game between the …
MAINE HOCKEY JOURNAL (blog)

BDN: Maine snaps eight game losing streak

on Dec. 13, 2014, at 2:14 a.m.
MANCHESTER, N.H. — The University of Maine men’s hockey team spotted the University of New Hampshire a 2-0 lead before rallying for five unanswered goals to snap an eight-game losing streak with a 5-2 triumph at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Friday night. It was a non-conference game between the …
MAINE HOCKEY JOURNAL (blog)

BDN: Maine snaps eight game losing streak

on Dec. 13, 2014, at 2:05 a.m.
MANCHESTER, N.H. — The University of Maine men’s hockey team spotted the University of New Hampshire a 2-0 lead before rallying for five unanswered goals to snap an eight-game losing streak with a 5-2 triumph at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Friday night. It was a non-conference game between the …

Maine hockey team beats UNH with 5 unanswered goals, breaking 8-game losing streak

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 12, 2014, at 9:46 p.m.
MANCHESTER, N.H. — The University of Maine men’s hockey team spotted the University of New Hampshire a 2-0 lead before rallying for five unanswered goals to snap an eight-game losing streak with a 5-2 triumph at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Friday night. It was a non-conference game between the …
Maine's Connor Leen gets caught in the middle as his teammate Devin Shore (right) fights for the puck with Mercyhurst's Tyler Shipo in the second period at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland in this January 2013 file photo.

Maine, UNH square off in unique neutral-site, nonconference hockey series

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 11, 2014, at 4:57 p.m.
ORONO | Archrivals that are stuck in reverse will attempt to put their seasons in drive during a unique neutral-site series this weekend. The men’s hockey teams from the University of Maine and the University of New Hampshire begin a series during which the two teams will play two …
Go Green Racing owner Archie St. Hilaire of Old Orchard Beach talks to a crew member after the G-Oil 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

Maine-owned NASCAR team replaces Terry Labonte with Bobby Labonte for four races

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 10, 2014, at 11:58 a.m.
The Labonte brothers, Terry and Bobby, have combined to win three NASCAR Sprint Cup points championships. Older brother Terry captured championships in 1984 and 1996 and Bobby annexed the title in 2000. Terry Labonte was the most successful of the nine drivers who drove for the Go FAS Racing team …
Presque Isle goalie Jillian Flynn stops a shot by Messalonskee’s Jacob Dexter during the Class B East final won by Messalonskee last season at Alfond Arena in Orono. The two teams should contend for the title again this season.

Messalonskee Eagles get new coach, prepare to defend Class B hockey title

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 09, 2014, at 5:09 p.m.
The landscape has changed in Eastern Maine Class B hockey. Three highly successful coaches have departed but the three new coaches have inherited teams that should be among the contenders for the regional championship. Heading the list is defending three-time Eastern Maine Class B titlist and 2013-14 state champion Messalonskee …
University of Maine's Connor Leen (center) fights to keep control of the puck against Alaska Anchorage's Austin Sevalrud (left) during their hockey game at Alfond Arena in Orono on Oct. 25. The teams battled to a 3-3 overtime tie.

Overtime has been uncharacteristically cruel to UMaine men’s hockey this season

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 08, 2014, at 5:55 p.m.
ORONO, Maine —- The University of Maine men’s hockey team had been a good overtime team until this season. Over the previous five seasons, the Black Bears went 10-3-24 in overtime. But they are just 1-3-1 this season and all three losses have come in Hockey East games. In each …
Terry Meagher

High school, college coaches supply players with tools to develop mental toughness

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 08, 2014, at 11:44 a.m.
Athletes and teams who are mentally tough usually meet or exceed expectations. It is up to the head coach to develop their players’ mental toughness and ability to overcome adversity. Coaches develop the mental toughness with their athletes by following a regime that includes building trust, developing individual goals, providing …

UMass Lowell rallies in third period to deal Maine hockey team eighth straight loss

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 07, 2014, at 12:53 a.m.
University of Maine men’s hockey coach Red Gendron felt his team played one of its best games of the season Saturday night against No. 7 UMass Lowell. Unfortunately for Gendron and his slumping Black Bears, the result was the same. UMass Lowell erased a pair of one-goal deficits in the …

Dartmouth pulls away from Black Bears for comfortable men’s basketball win

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 06, 2014, at 7:24 p.m.
First-year University of Maine men’s basketball coach Bob Walsh didn’t mince his words when discussing his cold-shooting team’s 74-51 loss to Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, Saturday afternoon. Even though his team trailed just 44-38 with 15:31 left in the game, Walsh said, “It was never a close game …

Hampden girls basketball bests Brewer Witches 35-30 in season opener

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 05, 2014, at 9:43 p.m.
BREWER, Maine —- The youthful Hampden Academy girls basketball team, with four freshman starters, squandered a 12-0 lead but rallied from a five-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Brewer 35-30 in a mutual season-opener at the Brewer High Gym Friday night. Two of the Bronco freshmen, forward Sophie …
Devin Shore

UMaine men’s hockey team looking to snap seven-game losing streak at UMass-Lowell

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 05, 2014, at 12:53 p.m.
Whenever a team is in a losing streak, there can be a tendency among the players to try to do something extra to snap the skid. That can be counterproductive if the players abandon the game plan to do so. The University of Maine men’s hockey team, 3-11-3 overall and …
Meghann Treacy

UMaine women’s standout goalie set to face No. 1 Boston College

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 04, 2014, at 5:15 p.m.
The University of Maine’s women’s ice hockey team was picked to finish seventh among the eight teams in Hockey East in the coaches’ preseason poll. But the Black Bears will enter Friday’s 5 p.m. game at Alfond Arena in Orono against the nation’s top-ranked Boston College Eagles in second place …
Calais’ Maddy McVicar drives to the basket under pressure form Orono’s Brinsley Chasse (back) and Ally Gonyar (right) in the Eastern Maine Class C final on Feb. 22 at the Cross Center in Bangor. Calais won and went on to capture the state title. McVicar returns this season to help the Blue Devils defend their crowns.

Presque Isle’s Graham, Calais’ McVicar hope to lead girls basketball teams to state titles

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 04, 2014, at 3:17 p.m.
Hannah Graham and Maddy McVicar know the joy of hoisting the cherished gold ball emblematic of winning a state high school basketball championship. Graham and her Presque Isle High School teams captured state Class B titles in 2012 and 2013, and McVicar led her Calais girls to the state Class …

Bangor hockey team seeks first Eastern Maine title

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 02, 2014, at 6:54 p.m.
Will the third time be the charm for the Bangor High School boys hockey team? The Rams have never won an Eastern Maine Class A hockey championship dating back to the start of the program in 1983. But they have played in the last two EM championship games and have …

Former UMaine hockey player enjoying jobs as Pirates goalie instructor, Junior Pirates coach

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 01, 2014, at 6:45 p.m.
When former University of Maine goalie Alfie Michaud hung up his skates after a 15-year pro career, he wasn’t sure what he would do next. He contacted Brad Church, the chief operating officer of the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates, the top minor league affiliate of the National Hockey League’s …
 
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