ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine males’s ice hockey staff will bounce on a airplane and fly to Denver, Colorado for the season opening Ice Breaker Tournament. Air Force and Denver are the 2 scheduled fighters for the Black Bears. Puck drop towards the Falcons is scheduled for 9:00 pm ET on Friday, October 7, whilst the sport towards the Pioneers is ready for 8:00 pm ET on Saturday, October 8.
Game #1: Maine Black Bears at Air Force Falcons
DATE: Friday, October 7, 2022
TIME: 9:00 p.m. ET
SITE: Ice Cadet Arena — USAFA, Colorado
2021-22 RECORDS: Maine 7-22-4 (5-17-2 HE), USAFA 16-17-3 (11-12-3 AHA)
Game #2: Maine Black Bears at #1 University of Denver
DATE: Saturday, October 8, 2022
TIME: 8:00 p.m. ET
SITE: Magness Arena — Denver, Colorado
2021-22 RECORDS: Maine 7-22-4 (5-17-2 HE), UD 31-9-1 (18-6-0 NCHC)
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About the Black Bears
• The Black Bears input the 2022-23 season with 16 new faces at the roster after seeing 13 avid gamers graduate, switch, or depart to pursue skilled hockey.
• 12 letterwinners from the 2021-22 season go back for this bankruptcy of Maine hockey, which come with the 4 newly minted captains. Jakub Sirota will game the ‘C’, whilst Lynden Breen, Ben Poisson, and David Breazeale have every earned an ‘A’ on their sweater.
• The 11 incoming newcomers and 5 transfers make up avid gamers who had been added via the training body of workers, whom are of their 2nd complete season at the back of the bench.
• Seven of the incoming pupil athletes are from the United States. Three new faces pass the border from Canada, whilst one Black Bear jumps the pond from Scotland.
• Justin Michaelian (Ferris State), Michael Mancinelli (Arizona State), Didrik Henbrant (Alaska-Fairbanks), Jacob Mucitelli (Clarkson), and Cole Hanson (Colgate) are the 5 transfers who selected the University of Maine over their different provides.
About the Falcons
• Air Force completed the 2021-22 season with a document of 16-17-3, in the long run falling within the Atlantic Hockey Final Four to American International College.
• The Falcons go back all 5 in their best scorers from 2021-22 in Will Gavin, Willie Reim, Brandon Koch, Nate Horn, and Clayton Cosentino.
• Guy Blessing gave the impression in 10 video games final season. The sophomore goaltender posted a three.02 GAA and .889 save proportion, whilst profitable two overall video games for the Falcons.
The Series with Air Force
• Maine and Air Force have squared off 5 instances prior to Friday’s tilt, with Maine preserving an fringe of 5-0-0 within the all-time collection.
• The squads first squared off all the way through the 1979-80 season with Maine profitable, 6-1.
• Most not too long ago, the Black Bears gained a non-conference contest in 2005, 3-1.
• Maine has outscored Air Force 33-9 over the 5 victories. probably the most objectives scored and the widest margian of victory each came about all the way through the similar contest when the Black Bears gained 12-5.
About the Pioneers
• Denver completed the 2021-22 season with a document of 31-9-3, in the long run profitable the NCAA National Championship with a 5-1 victory over Minnesota State.
• The Pioneers go back one in every of their best 5 scorers from 2021-22 in Mike Benning.
• Magnus Chrona gave the impression in 37 video games final season. The senior goaltender posted a 2.11 GAA and .911 save proportion, whilst profitable 28 overall video games for the Pioneers.
The Series with Denver
• Maine and Air Force have squared off 12 instances prior to Saturday’s tilt, with Maine preserving an fringe of 8-4-0 within the all-time collection.
• This would be the tenth matchup between the methods within the final 32 years.
• The squads can be going through off for the primary time since Oct. 12-13, 2007, when the Black Bears visited Magness Arena.
• The Black Bears defeated the Pioneers two times all the way through the 2005-06 season whilst outscoring Denver 93.