ORONO – Where in the world would Maine men’s hockey be without Jeremy Swayman? Probably not where it is now, the fourth seed in Hockey East.
Maine will host UConn in a three-game quarterfinal series this weekend and its backstop has earned some more recognition from Hockey East.
The goalie has earned Hockey East player of the week after his remarkable 48-save shutout in Friday night’s win over Providence at home. No goalie in Division I hockey has faced more shots and made more saves than Swayman this season.
The Alaska native enters this weekend’s series with 1,099 saves and a 2.07 goals against average on the season. The Black Bears are still in decent position for at large bid in the NCAA Tournament heading into the weekend.
Maine enters the week at No. 15 in the pairwise rankings, the Top 16 teams earn a spot in the tournament.
The Black Bears will most likely need to advance to the final four of the Hockey East Tournament to secure an at large bid as UConn enters the weekend No. 33 in the pairwise rankings.