Wednesday, 13 March 2019 23:35

Maine men's hockey fighting to keep their season alive in Hockey East quarterfinals

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ORONO - It's been a tale of two seasons for Maine men's hockey.

Offensive production shored up in November and December, but down the stretch the puck found the back of the net; and now they roll into Hockey East playoffs as a six seed trying for an upset.

"We don't want to change anything about our game because we've been playing well in the second half here, and come Friday night, we just have to do everything right," said senior forward Brendan Robbins.

The team will have an uphill climb against the three seed Northeastern Huskies down in Boston this weekend.

The Huskies swept the Black Bears back in Jjanuary at Alfond Arena, but Maine claims they are a much stronger team since that weekend series. They've won six of their last ten games including wins against UMass and BU.

"Little more confident now, we got some wins that helped boost our confidence, we've been a lot more consistent. We've sharpened up in our d-zone and that really helped our offense as well, because the more sound you are on d the better you can be offensively...," said junior forward Chase Pearson.

Northeastern averages just over a goal more than their opponents this season so Maine's defensemen will need a physical performance all weekend to keep the season alive.

"We can't let their [defense] off easy, they have a really good defensive core, so every time we get on the forecheck we have to be able to hit them and wear them down, it's a long series," said Pearson.

"I think we got to punish them all night, three games [if] necessary, we'll have to hit them of course all night..." said sophomore defenseman Brady Keeper.

Winning the series means keeping the seniors' college careers alive as well.

"There's a little bit more on our shoulders, all the seniors, because we know this is our last kick of the bucket here and we want to make a run..." said Robbins.

John Wagoner

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He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he gained experience in multiple newsrooms across the Carolinas, as well as working with ESPN U and...

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