Thursday, 11 January 2018 23:16

A playoff-like series awaits Maine women's hockey against Merrimack

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ORONO - Maine women's hockey theoretically sits just outside of the NCAA Tournament bubble. They're ranked among the top teams in the country, and it's only January.

So now for the Black Bears?


"We're going to talk to the team a lot about it," head coach Richard Reichenbach said this week. "But it's kind of like a mini-playoff experience."


Maine will head to Merrimack College this weekend for one game with the Warriors, before sitting the rest of the week. Then, they'll return to the ice against the Warriors once again with a two-game series at home. Should the Black Bears pull off a sweep, it could put them officially in the NCAA Tournament picture. But as Reichenbach says, even at 14-6-3, that's a tough task.


"Playing a game, three games in a row. Trying to win two games in a row is difficult, winning three is really hard."

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.