ORONO, Maine — University of Maine defenseman Kyle Williams of Bowdoinham has decided to transfer to the University of New England in Biddeford and suspended winger Ryan Lomberg appears headed to the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Williams played in just three games as a sophomore last season for first-year head coach Red Gendron and didn’t register any points.
He had one goal in 23 games as a freshman — a game-winner in a 4-3 triumph at UMass Lowell. He played right wing in that game in place of the injured Joey Diamond.
The University of New England plays in ECAC East (Division III) and went 10-15-1 last season.
Maine will return six defensemen and has two incoming freshmen in Mark Hamilton and Malcolm Hayes.
“Kyle was a tremendous player and a tremendous young man,” said Maine coach Red Gendron. “I wish him all the best of luck. I never had any issues with Kyle.”
Lomberg, meanwhile, had his rights swapped to Youngstown from the Lincoln Stars after Lincoln had obtained him from Muskegon.
Lincoln picked up three draft choices for Lomberg, a second-round pick and two other conditional picks.
Lomberg was suspended by UMaine after an altercation in April in which he allegedly knocked a man to the floor and kicked him in the face and midsection before being pulled off the victim. The man suffered a broken nose and concussion before he went to the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor on his own.
He is scheduled to appear in court in Bangor on Aug. 11.
Lomberg is not listed on UMaine’s 2014-15 roster.
Lomberg had 11 goals and 7 assists in 34 games as a sophomore at Maine last season after posting 7 & 7 in 32 games as a freshman.
The USHL is an amateur league, so he could play college hockey again beginning in 2015-16.
Phantoms head coach Anthony Noreen said in a press release that he was happy to land Lomberg.
“He brings invaluable experience to our locker room and plays the game the way we want it played,” said Noreen. “We are excited to have him come to Youngstown and prove what he can be as a player and as a person.”
The 19-year-old Lomberg played in the USHL for Muskegon in 2011-12, leading the team in scoring with 22 goals and 18 assists in 52 games.
Correction: A previous version of this story reported that Lomberg had pleaded guilty to charges against him. He has not yet pleaded guilty, but is expected to.