Tuesday, 17 October 2017 23:13

UMaine women's hockey confident ahead of Hockey East play

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ORONO - At 4-2, the University of Maine women's hockey team is off to its best start in six years. But now is where the test begins.

The Black Bears will host Boston University Friday afternoon to kick off its conference slate successfully, something that daunted the team last year. Last season, Maine notched just three wins in conference play, though against top teams in Hockey East. And it thinks with this year's unique makeup, it has a chance to make a run.

 

"I think the key is really our upperclassmen setting the tone," head coach Richard Reichenbach said Tuesday. "And having a few rough seasons as upperclassmen, they were tired of it, and they wanted to see something different this year."

 

The Black Bears have split series with then-No. 9 Quinnipiac and then-No. 10 Robert Morris this season, giving them confidence as they enter this stretch. They received votes in this week's USCHO.com poll, and saw a great performance from true freshman goaltender Loryn Porter. Porter's two-goal day against the Colonials earned her Hockey East Rookie of the Week, and she said the chemistry on this year's team has them in a position to succeed.

 

"The girls are working hard on and off the ice, and so it's really helping us come together as a team and play hard together. And we're all working towards the same goals obviously," she said.

 

The puck will drop at 2 p.m. at Alfond Arena Friday.

Jon Alba

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Jon Alba joined ABC 7 and FOX 22 in September of 2015 to serve as sports director and anchor. He is a graduate of Quinnipiac University, where he served as general manager of the school's television station Q30 Television for two years.

During his tenure, Q30 was named "College Television Station of the Year" by the College Media Association in 2014, and picked up additional national award recognition as well. Jon has been acknowledged by the Society of Professional Journalists for his commitment to sports journalism, including his investigative work while covering Quinnipiac Athletics.

Prior to moving to Maine, Jon was a lifelong resident of New Jersey. There, he formed a passion for covering sports, knowing since age 5 he wanted to tell stories for a living.

In the past, Jon has worked at MLB Network, alongside MLB Advanced Media. Additionally, his work has been featured on AOL Sports. He can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter @JonAlba.