ORONO – This season, Maine has been on both ends of the winning spectrum; from going almost a month without a win, to getting two points in six of the teams last nine games. The Black Bears need to finish the regular season strong.
“The game itself means a lot in the standings, and its going to be an emotional night for the seniors, as it always is, just going to try and take it one shift at a time and soak it all up,” said senior forward Mitch Fossier.
Friday night could be the final time taking the ice at Alfond Arena for the teams six seniors, adding even more pressure for a must win game. “It’s a huge game, it hasn’t been like this in the past where senior night has meant this much, and I know all the guys in there want to play hard for us so we’re going to play hard for them,” said senior forward Tim Doherty.
Providence, a team Maine lost to a combined 10-2 in two meetings this season, comes to Orono Friday night, but the group has improved since losing 7-0 to start the year.
“The game down in Providence last week was basically a dead even game, they made one more play than we did, we like to talk about it, we use the word inches, and you never know where the inch you’re going to need or the inch that’s really going to make a difference in the game is going to come from,” said head coach Red Gendron.
One of the biggest differences for Maine this season has been February’s Hockey East goalie of the month,Jeremy Swayman, who has kept his team in games all season while recording over 1000 saves.
“More rubber the better, it’s good to see shots, it’s obviously my job to stop the puck and I want to do that for my teammates in front of me,” said Swayman.