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    Thursday Feb 26, 2015 | 1:48 pm

    Maine hockey team has loose grip on 8th place entering final weekend

    The Maine hockey team has already hosted its Senior Night, bidding adieu to Alfond Arena with a terrific performance and a 6-3 win over Northeastern on Saturday. The Black Bears are technically in the driver’s seat to host a playoff series at the Alfond next weekend, but it will be a long road back. Maine visits No. 13 Providence College this weekend and realistically needs at least a split to […]

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  • Sunday Feb 08, 2015 | 11:34 am

    Bigger, faster, stronger? Gendron implies Black Bears aren’t there yet

      It was the closest Maine hockey Coach Red Gendron has come to saying his team faces a talent gap relative to the rest of Hockey East. After Saturday’s 5-1 loss to Notre Dame at Alfond Arena, Gendron was asked why the Black Bears seem to have so much trouble putting together back-to-back strong performances, or even to play a full 60 minutes of quality hockey. “If you don’t have […]

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    Friday Feb 06, 2015 | 12:10 pm

    Black Bears add 22 football players, now wait to see what they’ve got

      The first thing that Maine football Coach Jack Cosgrove said when I spoke to him on the phone Wednesday afternoon was how overblown “signing day” has become. I think I had asked him if it was a busy day for him, and he was quickly off and running. And absolutely right. Recruiting is a year-round process for college coaching staffs, so when it culminates on signing day the work has all been done. […]

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  • Saturday Jan 31, 2015 | 1:51 pm

    Overtime has brought nothing but agony to Black Bear hockey team

    College hockey’s overtime rules are so unforgiving. There is no automatic reward for going toe to toe with an opponent for 60 minutes. Slip up once in the extra 5 minutes, and it all becomes, literally, a pointless exercise. The victor gets all the spoils. The Maine hockey team has had its share of lopsided losses — eight of its 16 have been by three goals. But the Black Bears […]

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    Friday Jan 30, 2015 | 1:03 pm

    Black Bears have chance to disconnect from Connecticut

    There’s a new Hockey East opponent in town tonight. And, as fate would have it, Connecticut arrives at the Alfond tied in the league standings with Maine. The teams meet again Sunday in Hartford, with four crucial points at stake. But Maine Coach Red Gendron told me Thursday he’s not emphasizing those implications with his team, which is on a three-game winning streak and in a three-way tie for eighth […]

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  • Monday Jan 26, 2015 | 1:18 pm

    Black Bear hockey team is playing its way into the middle of the pack

      The Maine men’s hockey team is 6-2 in January after sweeping rival New Hampshire over the weekend. And, while it’s true that the schedule has eased up in the second half of the season, there’s no question that the Black Bears are also playing much better. They have outscored opponents 26-13 this month, including two road shutouts by sophomore goaltender Matt Morris. Those are also the only two true […]

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  • Friday Jan 23, 2015 | 6:10 pm

    Black Bear women are on a roll, and Wood has been their rock

    The Maine women’s basketball team is looking for its second six-game winning streak of what is shaping up to be a fantastic season. The Black Bears are 13-6 overall and 5-1 in America East, with the lone loss a narrow 49-43 setback against front-running Albany. But even after back-to-back convincing home wins — 70-48 against Binghamton and 74-46 against Vermont on Thursday — Coach Richard Barron is focusing on the […]

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    Friday Jan 23, 2015 | 11:51 am

    For Walsh and Black Bears, it’s been a long, cruel winter

    I don’t know where the Maine men’s basketball team’s next win will come from, or if it will even be this season. After losing by 17 points Thursday to the team they shared last place in America East with, it looks more and more likely that we could be witnessing a 1-28 season unfolding, which is obviously not what anyone from Coach Bob Walsh on down envisioned four months ago. […]

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  • Saturday Jan 03, 2015 | 6:53 pm

    Barron wants his Black Bears to stop settling for ‘neutral’

    Maine women’s basketball Coach Richard Barron made an interesting point about his team after Saturday’s 49-43 loss to Albany. It had to do with the difference between reining in your talent to fit into a team concept, and fully maximizing your potential. In his view, and this certainly seems valid, too many Black Bears are too concerned about staying within the offensive system and that is keeping them from  having […]

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