Black Bear Nation FTS: Friday to Sunday

After a Christmas-week break during which we filled the steins with Keith Luhmann’s Egg Nog and the UMaine sports teams enjoyed some time away from their respective fields of play, there was lots and lots of action this past weekend in Black Bear Nation.  The men’s hockey team played two games down in Florida while both the men’s and women’s hoops teams returned to the court.  As always (and by “always”, we mean for the third week in a row), Fill The Steins is here to get you caught up on all the weekend’s UMaine sports action.  Let’s get it started…

Men’s Ice Hockey: The men’s hockey team got the UMaine sports weekend started off on the right skate Saturday night with a 4-0 shutout of Princeton in the first round (AKA semi-final) of the 2013 Florida College Classic.  Senior goaltender Martin Ouellette led the Black Bears from the net, as he recorded his third shutout of the season, while sophomore forward Steven Swavely netted two goals to spearhead the scoring.  In Sunday night’s championship game, the Black Bears ended overtime tied 1-1 with Cornell and ultimately lost an epic shootout in the fourth sudden-death (ninth overall) round.  Ouellette did everything he could in the shootout, stopping every shot in rounds 3-8, but was ultimately beaten in the ninth.  Devin Shore scored the lone regulation goal for the Black Bears, who end the weekend with a record of 10-6-2 after Saturday’s win and what is considered a tie on Sunday.

Women’s Basketball: The Lady Black Bears lost what can only be called a Sacred Heart-breaker (you’re welcome, pun lovers) on Sunday afternoon, as they fell to the Pioneers by a final score of 76-75.  Sophomore guard Lauren Bodine scored 24 points to lead the losing effort, however Maine just couldn’t overcome 21 turnovers and the subsequent 29 points-off-turnovers scored by Sacred Heart.  The loss dropped Maine to 6-6 on the season, a record they’ll look to improve upon when they play at Green Bay on New Year’s Day.

Men’s Basketball: Similar to their female counterparts, the men’s hoops team was also involved in a nail-biter on Sunday.  Fortunately, the men were on the right side of an 89-85 overtime result against 19-point favorite Middle Tennessee St. in Chattanooga.  The win was Maine’s first of the season against a Division I opponent and advanced them to Monday’s championship game of the Dr. Pepper Classic.  Sophomore Dimitry Akanda-Coronel led the Bears with 27 points and 8 rebounds, while junior forward Zarko Valjarevic’s 3-pointer with :13 left in OT sealed the victory for Maine, who improve to 2-9 on the season.  Maine will look to win this holiday tournament when they face hosts UT-Chattanooga in Monday’s final.

Fill The Steins also wants to remind you that we’re less than two weeks away from Frozen Fenway, which means we’re also less than two weeks away from our Unofficial Pre-Pre-Game Party at Boston Beer Works at Brookline Ave.  If you want to join the “party before the party before the game” (and who wouldn’t?), head to our Fill The Steins Frozen Fenway Events Page and sign up now!  This’ll be your first chance to fill the steins with Fill The Steins in 2014, so don’t miss it!!!

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