Ice Hockey


Pirates starting to peak at the right time

on March 28, 2015, at 3:28 a.m.
PORTLAND – The Portland Pirates could not have picked a better time to be playing their best hockey of the season as they continue their push toward the American Hockey League playoffs. Beaming with confidence, the Pirates put on another display of perseverance by overcoming a two-goal deficit Friday evening, …

TV, radio schedule for March 28-29, 2015

on March 27, 2015, at 5:45 p.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING NASCAR, Sprint Cup Series: STP 500, Practice, 10 a.m., Final Practice, 1:30 p.m., FS1-TV NASCAR, Camping World Truck Series: Martinsville, Qualifying, 11 a.m., Race, 2:30 p.m., FS1-TV BASEBALL, SPRING TRAINING BOSTON at TAMPA BAY, 1 p.m., WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM), WZON Bangor (620 AM) radio BASKETBALL, MEN …
Anaheim's Jiri Sekac (46) goes airborne after shooting the puck toward Boston goalie Tuukka Rask during the second period Thursday night at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston.

Ducks post controversial OT win over Bruins

By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange on March 26, 2015, at 10:13 p.m.
BOSTON — The Anaheim Ducks, staring at a third straight loss during a battle for the Presidents’ Trophy and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, found a way to tie Thursday night’s game and then win in overtime. The Boston Bruins, fighting just to get into the playoffs, felt …

Sports briefs for March 26, 2015

By Staff and Wire Reports on March 26, 2015, at 7:39 p.m.
UMaine hockey banquet set May 8 The Friends of Maine Hockey salute to the 2014-2015 University of Maine men’s ice hockey team at its annual awards banquet is set for Friday, May 8 at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer. The cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with a buffet dinner following. …

Maine adds another defenseman

on March 26, 2015, at 3:15 a.m.
The University of Maine added another defenseman for the 2015-16 season as Sam Becker gave his commitment to the school earlier this week. The 5-foot-10, 176-pound Roseville, Minn. native is in his second full season in the North American Hockey League with the Minnesota Magicians where he has eight goals …

Pirates’ special teams rule over the IceCaps

on March 26, 2015, at 2:59 a.m.
PORTLAND – The floodgates opened on special teams for the Portland Pirates Wednesday night. The Pirates scored a season-high four power-play goals and added a shorthanded goal en route to a commanding 6-0 victory over the St. John’s IceCaps before 1,657 at the Cross Insurance Arena. Mike McKenna, who had …
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Former UMaine hockey star takes Pioneers to second straight NCAA tourney

By Larry Mahoney on March 25, 2015, at 7:04 a.m.
It is always difficult to step in after the departure of a highly successful coach. That’s what former University of Maine All-American and all-time scoring leader Jim Montgomery did a year ago when he took over as the head coach at the University of Denver for George Gwozdecky, who was …

Decision looming on Lewiston’s future in the NAHL

on March 24, 2015, at 5:35 p.m.
Could an announcement that a North American Hockey League team soon be coming to Lewiston? It is very possible. According to a report, last week from three current NAHL teams will make the move to the Northeast for next season. Rod Simmons, owner and coach of the New Hampshire …

UMaine hockey team lands point-producing Minnesota defenseman

By Larry Mahoney on March 24, 2015, at 6:18 a.m.
Defenseman Sam Becker, who leads the Minnesota Magicians in scoring and is third among the North American Hockey League’s defensemen in points, has verbally committed to attend the University of Maine in the fall. The 6-foot, 180-pound Becker has eight goals and 38 assists in 53 games for the Magicians. …

Sports briefs for March 23, 2015

By Wire Service Reports on March 23, 2015, at 7:05 p.m.
Vikings, agent stand firm regarding Peterson The Minnesota Vikings and agent Ben Dogra reiterated their stances regarding running back Adrian Peterson on Monday. At the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, general manager Rick Spielman said, “Adrian’s a member of our football team. He is under contract with us, and we …

Szwarz recalled by Coyotes; Hodgman assigned to the Pirates

on March 23, 2015, at 6:12 p.m.
The Coyotes recalled forward Jordan Szwarz and assigned forward Justin Hodgman to the Portland Pirates on Monday. Szwarz, 23, has recorded nine goals, 12 assists for 21 points with 58 penalty minutes in 42 games with the Pirates this season. According to reporter Sarah McLellan, Szwarz recall is considered an …

Jeremiah Award Finalist has a Maine connection

on March 23, 2015, at 6 p.m.
Twelve coaches who have enjoyed on-ice success in 2014-15 including two with ties to Maine have been named finalists for the Edward Jeremiah Award, given annually to the College Division (NCAA Division III) Men’s Ice Hockey Coach of the Year. Named in honor of the former Dartmouth head coach, the …

Auger scores twice to down the Pirates

on March 22, 2015, at 9:32 p.m.
MANCHESTER – The Portland Pirates suffered a minor setback in their hopes to make the American Hockey League postseason Sunday afternoon in Manchester, New Hampshire. Justin Auger scored twice including the game-winning goal late in the second period to lift the Manchester Monarchs past the Pirates, 3-1, before 8,007 at …
Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, a former University of Maine standout, makes a save on Boston Bruins left wing Loui Eriksson during the first period Sunday at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

Unusual fighter sparks Lightning to 5-3 win over slumping Bruins

By Gregg Auman, The Sports Xchange on March 22, 2015, at 7:56 p.m.
TAMPA, Fla. — Steven Stamkos usually sparks the Tampa Bay Lightning with his scoring, but a rare fight and five-minute penalty in the first period Sunday motivated his teammates to score twice in 15 seconds on the way to 5-3 win against the Boston Bruins at Amalie Arena. The win …

Pirates fall to Bears in OT, again

on March 22, 2015, at 5:56 a.m.
PORTLAND – For the second time in as many nights the Portland Pirates and Hershey Bears needed overtime to decide the outcome of the game. Both times the outcome was the same. Former Pirate Tim Kennedy tallied the winning goal with 1:18 remaining in overtime to lift the Bears past …
Florida Panthers right wing Jimmy Hayes scores a goal past Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask in the first period Saturday night in Sunrise, Florida.

Panthers hand Bruins fourth straight loss

By Walter Villa, The Sports Xchange on March 21, 2015, at 10:09 p.m.
SUNRISE, Fla. — The Florida Panthers gained ground in the battle for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, defeating the Boston Bruins 2-1 in a shootout on Saturday night at the BB&T Center. The only goal in the shootout was by Panthers center Brandon Pirri. Panthers goalie Roberto …

Bears stop Pirates’ streak at seven

on March 21, 2015, at 1:24 a.m.
PORTLAND – Portland Pirates’ head coach Ray Edwards called it a really good game between two good teams. Unfortunately, someone had to lose. Alexandre Bolduc led the way Friday evening with two goals for the Pirates but came up short in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Hershey Bears before …
University of Maine defenseman Dan Renouf (left) may be called upon next season to help fill the void left by Ben Hutton, who passed up his senior year to sign a pro contract.

UMaine hockey team expects difficulty replacing two players

By Larry Mahoney on March 20, 2015, at 12:43 p.m.
The struggling University of Maine men’s hockey program has suffered a significant setback with the departure of 2013-14 second-team All-Americans Devin Shore and Ben Hutton. Head coach Red Gendron and assistants Jay Leach and Ben Guite knew this was the likelihood and prepared for it during their recruiting. Even though …
Ottawa Senators center David Legwand (17) celebrates his goal scored against  Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) in the second period Thursday night at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.

Senators edge Bruins for fifth straight victory

By The Sports Xchange on March 19, 2015, at 10:40 p.m.
OTTAWA — For the third time this season, Ottawa Senators winger Bobby Ryan scored the deciding goal in a victory over the Boston Bruins. But none of them were bigger than his 18th of the season to give Ottawa a 6-4 victory over the Bruins at Canadian Tire Centre on …
The University of Maine's Devin Shore takes a shot on goal against the University of Connecticut during their game on Jan. 30 at Alfond Arena in Orono.

Former UMaine player Devin Shore earns All-Hockey East second-team honors

By Larry Mahoney on March 19, 2015, at 9:43 p.m.
University of Maine junior center Devin Shore, who recently signed a contract with the NHL’s Dallas Stars, was named to the All-Hockey East second team at the league’s awards banquet in Boston on Thursday night. Junior defenseman Ben Hutton, who has signed with Vancouver, was named as an honorable mention. …
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