ORONO – The job of goalie for the Black Bears of today comes with high expectations, the highest of which is being safety net for an inconsistent offense.
Junior goalie Jeremy Swayman has become the de facto last line of defense for this team.
“For us to be successful he has to be our best player, which he is,” said senior captain Mitch Fossier.
Swayman has been a major factor in keeping the Black Bears competitive for the past three season. He’s been busier than ever so far in his junior campaign. He’s collected 109 saves through three games, 45 more than he had at this point last season.
“Our defense did a good job boxing out. A lot of the shots I saw were outside the dots so I got a good chance to see them and read the plays, so kudos to the defense. [At the] same time I need to do a better job to help my team win, and whatever it takes to get that confidence up is what I’m going to do,” said Swayman.
The 6’3″ Anchorage native is imposing in goal; with some substantial size joining him on defense year, Maine’s defensive trios have potential to frustrate opponents. “I know they get mad when our big “d-men” are in front battling and knocking away pucks so just sticking to our game plan, getting under their skin is going to help us,” said Swayman.
Maine’s offense needs all the help it can get from its defense.With the exception of a 7 goal outlier against Alaska-Anchorage, a team that only won three games last season, the team has only managed two goals all season. “I think if you’re in to it mentally, it gets your whole body in to it and it will stop up being a step behind like we were on Saturday [against Alaska-Anchorage] and get us started right off the bat of the game and kind of help us through out,” said forward Sam Rennaker.
The Bruins draft pick will be called upon heavily by head coach Red Gendron and Maine against Quinnipiac.