ORONO – It’s been 12 days since Maine men’s hockey last played and it’ll have to shake off any rust it may have quickly as it has an important non-conference series with Miami (O.H.) this weekend.
Maine secured a couple of crucial Hockey East points in its opening series split with UConn, but Miami will be a new challenge.
The first hurdle for the Black Bears will be before the lights come on at Alfond Arena Friday night.
“We had pretty tough practices on Friday and Saturday and we laid out the practices to sort of simulate a game so that we didn’t lose a step as if we took the weekend completely off so I think that helped us,” defenseman Mark Hamilton said.
While the Black Bears displayed many positives against the Huskies they also revealed their flaws.
Maine showcased its depth as they had five different goal scorers in the series, but they struggled at times to get bodies in front of the net and score.
The team has been working on getting more traffic in the crease in practice, but says that isn’t the only thing they need to do in order to compete with Miami.
“Coaches went over two things this week, awareness and sprinting all over the ice, those two things are going to be key this team has good offensive ability and if they can catch us sleeping they’re going to capitalize so we got to be aware and sprinting all over the ice,” forward Chase Pearson said.