ORONO – To say Maine men’s hockey’s season has been a ride on the cyclone would be fair.
Look no further than the last week and a half. Maine suffered two ugly losses to Northeastern at home followed by a shocking 7-2 thrashing of Boston College on the road. The Black Bears then followed that up with a disappointing 4-4 tie at home against UNH.
As legendary Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi put it, “what the hell’s going on out here.”
Maine hopes it’s consistency and it better find it quickly because it has the No. 2 team in the country up next, UMass. The Minutemen boast some top tier talent all over their roster including sophomore sensation Cale Makar.
The blue and white sit near the bottom of Hockey East and are in some desperate need of some conference points. So what’s it going to take to find some consistency?
“I think it comes down to just belief. Belief in our abilities, belief in our system. Yes they’re a great team but so are we and I think it comes down to that thing inside you that just belief in yourself and knowing that you can win this game,” defenseman Rob Michel said.
As if the Black Bears need anything else to fire them up, Maine will be honoring members of the 1999 national championship team during its game Friday night. A special night for those who were a part of that magical run.
“Its a special time when those guys can come back and be on the ice and be recognized that way for all the hard work and obviously deservedly so I mean there’s two national championships at this school so them being one of them so it’s a really cool group,” associate head coach Ben Guite said.