Black Bear Nation FTS: Friday to Sunday

It was another busy, action-packed weekend in Black Bear Nation.  Not only were there wins and losses on the respective surfaces of play, but there was also some pretty important FILLanthropic work happening off the court, courtesy of the women’s basketball team.  As always (read: most of the time), Fill The Steins is here to wrap it all up for you in our weekly edition of FTS.  Let’s get to it!

Men’s Ice Hockey: The Black Bears had a thrilling weekend in South Bend, as they traveled to Notre Dame for a pair of nationally televised games.  Both tilts went right down to the wire, with Maine holding the lead in the late stages both nights.  However, our heroes were only able to secure a weekend split, as they won Friday’s contest 2-1 and dropped Saturday’s clash 3-2.  Despite the split, the clear-cut star of the weekend was Maine’s goaltender, Martin Ouellette, who notched a total of 75 saves between the two games.  On Friday night, Maine was able to hold on to the victory after what appeared to be Notre Dame’s second empty net goal in under a minute was overturned by the officials after video review.  Maine wasn’t so fortunate on Saturday night, when the Fighting Irish scored two goals in the last 1:08 of the game to turn Maine’s 2-1 lead into a crushing 3-2 defeat.  The weekend’s results bring Maine’s record on the season to 13-10-3 overall and 7-5-2 in Hockey East.  Maine will look to improve on their ability to close out tight games when they return to the friendly confines of Alfond Arena this Friday at 7pm for the first of two games in a weekend series against Merrimack.

Women’s Basketball:   Sunday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, the Maine women’s hoops team picked up a critical America East conference win when they defeated Binghamton by a final score of 65-53.  The win improved the team’s overall record to 13-11 and 7-4 in America East.  The Maine women next see action on Wednesday when they travel to Hartford to take on the Hawks.

More important than Sunday’s result is the fact the Lady Black Bears exceeded their goal of raising $10,000 for the Play4Kay Foundation, a wonderful cause that fights a variety of women’s cancer.  In total, the team raised $13,585.45 for the Kay Yow Foundation.  Because the Black Bears exceeded their fundraising goal, Coach Richard Barron shaved his head to raise awareness for cancer research.  We fill the steins to the women’s basketball team and the entire coaching staff for their very FILLanthropic ways.  Remember Coach, bald IS beautiful!!!

Men’s Basketball: The Maine men struggled again on the road Saturday, as they fell to the Binghamton Bearcats by a final score of 73-58.  The Black Bears got career highs in scoring from sophomore forward Till Gloger and freshman guard Troy Reid-Knights, who each netted 15 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Binghamton’s 43.1% shooting percentage and their 48-33 edge on the boards.  The loss drops the Black Bears to an overall record of 5-18 and an America East record of 3-8.  The fellas return to the court on Wednesday when they host the Hartford Hawks in another America East battle.

Before we sign-off, we’d be remiss without filling the steins to, well, Fill The Steins Nation, for joining the conversation on Twitter over the weekend as we live-tweeted Friday’s and Saturday’s hockey games.  We appreciate everyone who uses the #FillTheSteins hashtag and we look forward to more televised games and more interaction with all our loyal followers.


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