ORONO – The power play can be an essential momentum shifter in a hockey game; but for the Maine men’s hockey team, it has unfortunately not been a source of positive momentum.
The power play unit was 0-9 this past weekend in their series with Quinnipiac, and only 7-52 on the season.
Offense on the whole has been a struggle for this team, converting a slim 7.5% of their shots on goal.
In a game like hockey that relies on getting pucks on net the Black Bears continue to put up less shots than their opponents, and that continues to be a factor in the team losing four of their last six.
Shooting slumps like the one Maine is currently on can lead guys to change the way the play.
“Since the pucks haven’t really been going in..Maybe guys are gripping their sticks a little too tight..Doubting themselves..Just kind of feels like we’re not really getting those bounces but I think if we stick with what we’re doing..Eventually it’s going to have to change,” said defenseman Rob Michel.
They’ll have two chances to change their current course this weekend against Vermont; a sub-.500 team facing an average of over 35 shots a game.
“I truly believe in the group of guys in the locker room and really do think we have a good team..I think if we stick to our process and do things the right way the bounces will start go..,” said forward Mitch Fossier.