Larry Mahoney


Seacoast United Blackbear soccer program finds home in old Pepsi-Cola plant in Brewer

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff on Aug. 07, 2014, at 6:24 p.m.
The Seacoast United Blackbear soccer club finally has a home. The club is leasing and renovating the former Pepsi-Cola plant in Brewer which will be outfitted with an indoor FieldTurf surface. The 10,000-square-foot facility, located next to the Bangor-Brewer Bowling Lanes on Wilson Street. Playland Adventures and …
University of Maine quarterback Dan Collins, pictured during a 2013 scrimmage, was among four players who were cited for alcohol violations on Sand Beach at Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor. The student-athletes must perform community service as determined by the university, but will not miss any game time.

UMaine football players cited for alcohol-related violations won’t be suspended

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 04, 2014, at 7:14 p.m.
The four University of Maine football players who received citations from Acadia National Park rangers for alcohol-related infractions at a gathering on Sand Beach in Bar Harbor last month won’t miss any playing time. University of Maine Athletic Director Karlton Creech said the players will not be suspended for their …
Maine’s Kyle Beattie puts pressure on Providence goalie Jon Gillies as he covers the puck during a game in Orono on Feb. 1.

Maine hockey likely needs 2 points in series vs. archrival UNH to secure playoff spot

By Larry Mahoney on March 05, 2013, at 1:18 p.m.
It’s appropriate that the University of Maine’s hockey fate will be decided by the University of New Hampshire this weekend. In a wild, topsy-turvy season unlike any other in the history of Hockey East, Maine needs to match UMass’ point total to earn a playoff spot. UMass plays a home-and-home …

Maine hockey team now has a blueprint for success

By Larry Mahoney on Feb. 05, 2013, at 6:51 p.m.
The difference between success and failure in sports is often more mental than physical. It is a matter of believing in yourself, your teammates and your coaching staff. It is also believing in the system or style of play that the coaches employ for the specific purpose of giving you …
Ron Fraser, the University of Miami baseball coach baseball coach from 1963-92. He was 79. Here, Fraser is carried in this 1978 file photo.

Fraser’s influence shaped college baseball; helped Winkin elevate Maine program to elite level

By Larry Mahoney on Jan. 22, 2013, at 7:40 p.m.
The late Jack Butterfield and John Winkin put both the University of Maine and the state of Maine on the national map through their successes during their tenures as the head baseball coaches at the institution. Butterfield guided the 1964 team to the College World Series for the first time …

To make the playoffs, Maine hockey team needs to overcome its lack of a difference-maker

By Larry Mahoney on Jan. 15, 2013, at 6:12 p.m.
Some call them difference-makers. Others call them game-changers. But they are one in the same. What they do is make plays at critical times that lead their team to victory.Story continues below advertisement. It proves to be the turning point in the game. It requires talent, leadership, a fierce competitive …
Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard makes a save against the Nashville Predators’ Patric Hornqvist during a playoff game last April in Detroit. Howard, a former University of Maine star, is eager to begin the NHL season.

Red Wings goalie Howard eager to begin NHL season after ‘mentally draining’ lockout

By Larry Mahoney on Jan. 08, 2013, at 5:14 p.m.
PHOENIX — Detroit Red Wings goalie and former University of Maine All-American Jimmy Howard admitted that the National Hockey League lockout was stressful. “It was mentally draining. It was a mental roller-coaster the whole way through. There would be a proposal and you’d get your hopes up and then the …

Maine needs to continue physical play to get season turned around

By Larry Mahoney on Jan. 01, 2013, at 12:47 p.m.
The song “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John stayed number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for 10 weeks. It was her biggest American hit. The University of Maine’s men’s hockey team got physical in the Florida College Classic and became No. 1 in the tournament. The physical play was cited …
Maine hockey coach Tim Whitehead asks official Kevin Shea why his team was assessed a penalty on the opening faceoff during a game last March in Orono.

Coach Whitehead needs to give youngsters more playing time to salvage UMaine’s hockey season

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 20, 2012, at 1:11 p.m.
One of the keys to success in college sports is recruiting balance. Each class needs to have specific components as well as variety. For hockey, each class needs goal scorers, valuable role players and efficient defensemen. A quality goalie isn’t needed in every class but one is needed at least …

The classy Holmes leaves his legacy at Belfast

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 04, 2012, at 6:49 a.m.
Allen Holmes always “got it.” You know that little two-word phrase that refers to someone who thoroughly understands his responsibilities and implements them with remarkable consistency. In his 40 years as the field hockey coach at Belfast High School, the recently-retired Holmes not only developed one of the most consistently …

Montgomery pulling for Black Bears’ resurgence

By Larry Mahoney on Nov. 27, 2012, at 7:04 p.m.
Jim Montgomery gets emails from people he doesn’t know. University of Maine hockey fans disgruntled with coach Tim Whitehead and the team’s 2-9-1 start want the general manager and head coach of the Dubuque (Iowa) Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League to return to Orono and restore the …
Jonathan “Gabby” Price in 2006.

Price was a smart hire (again) for Husson

By Larry Mahoney on Nov. 22, 2012, at 12:36 p.m.
BANGOR | Husson University athletic director Bob Reasso made a smart decision to hire Gabby Price to return to Husson as its football coach. Husson was well on its way to becoming a regional football power under Price in 2008 when he resigned due to philosophical differences with the …
Maine's Devin Shore (94) looks to find some open net ahead of St. Lawrence goalie Matt Weninger in second-period action at Alfond Arena on Oct. 20 2012

Freshmen making immediate impact for Black Bears

By Larry Mahoney on Nov. 13, 2012, at 6:09 p.m.
When a team struggles, the positives understandably can get overshadowed. The University of Maine’s men’s hockey team has obviously dug itself a deep hole resulting from its 2-9 start and 1-5 Hockey East record. But keep an eye on the freshman class. This could be one of the better classes …

Bangor, Scarborough double overtime soccer game exceeded expectations

By Larry Mahoney on Nov. 06, 2012, at 10:39 a.m.
It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, it is a genuine treat. When the Bangor High School girls soccer team met Scarborough for the state Class A championship on the artificial turf at Hampden Academy on Saturday, you hoped it would be a memorable affair. More often than …

EM soccer title games should be played on artificial turf fields

By Larry Mahoney on Oct. 30, 2012, at 8:25 p.m.
We have a shortage of artificial turf fields that can be used for soccer. The regional championship games for boys and girls soccer teams are played at the home field of the higher-seeded teams. You can argue that the higher-seeded team has earned the right to host a regional title …

Shots at the goalie pads, quick releases and more offensive movement could help anemic Bears

By Larry Mahoney on Oct. 26, 2012, at 8:46 p.m.
The Bowdoin College Polar Bears had dominated the first period of their men’s ice hockey game against archrival Colby College several years ago but despite a lopsided shots-on-goal margin, they found themselves trailing 1-0. But Bowdoin found the net in the second and third periods and left Colby’s Alfond Arena …

Orono native Butterfield could be joining Farrell in Boston as a Red Sox coach

By Larry Mahoney on Oct. 23, 2012, at 5:44 p.m.
Orono native and Toronto Blue Jays third base coach Brian Butterfield could follow John Farrell to Boston. Farrell left his managerial position with the Blue Jays to take over for Bobby Valentine as the Red Sox skipper and was introduced as the new Sox manager Tuesday. Butterfield, a former three-sport …

College hockey in final season before major facelift

By Larry Mahoney on Oct. 17, 2012, at 4 p.m.
College hockey is in its final season before it undergoes a major renovation. There won’t be a Central Collegiate Hockey Association beginning next season as the Big Ten begins its first season with new member Penn State joining former Western Collegiate Hockey Association members Minnesota and Wisconsin and former CCHA …

Black Bear hockey coaching staff will have challenging year

By Larry Mahoney on Oct. 10, 2012, at 2:35 a.m.
Some years are more challenging than others for coaching staffs. This will be an extremely challenging year for the University of Maine men’s hockey coaching staff. That’s not to say it’s a bad thing. It is going to be interesting thanks to the influx of talented newcomers. But it will …

Bangor High has evolved into soccer school

By Larry Mahoney on Sept. 25, 2012, at 5:41 p.m.
The Bangor High School girls soccer team’s winning streak was snapped at 25 by Brunswick 2-1 in overtime last Friday night. A 25-game winning streak is an impressive accomplishment. Soccer is one of those sports in which the best team doesn’t always win. It is difficult to score goals and …