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.