Black Bear Nation FTS: Friday to Sunday

Normally, around these parts, the letters “FTS” stand for Fill The Steins.  However, we’ve cleverly renamed our weekend sports round-up “FTS: Friday to Sunday” to marry our acronym with the days the round-up covers.  And what a weekend to debut our new name!  Not only did Maine hockey take part in the biggest event on the school’s winter sports calendar, Frozen Fenway, but the men’s and women’s basketball teams were also both in action.  So, in case you were filling the steins in and around Fenway Park this weekend, we’ve got you covered on all the action you may’ve missed.

Men’s Hockey: The main event of the sports weekend was, undoubtedly, Maine’s clash with the hated BU Terriers in the second game of Saturday’s Frozen Fenway doubleheader in Boston.  In a game that will be remembered as much for the rare “hockey rain delay” as it will be for the result, the Black Bears, for the second time this season, took the Terriers DOWNTOWN TO POUND TOWN with a 7-3 win on the slush at Fenway.  Maine was led by two goals each from Devin Shore, Ryan Lomberg, and Ben Hutton, while goaltender Martin Ouellette made 31 saves to fend off a late charge from BU.  The win upped Maine’s Hockey East record to 5-2-1 and their overall tally to 11-7-2.  The Black Bears will look to further improve their overall record when they host St. Francis-Xavier at the Alfond on Tuesday at 7pm.

Women’s Basketball: Surely lost in the stein-filling frenzy at Fenway was another Black Bear victory on Saturday.  The Maine women’s hoops team came back from a three point halftime deficit to notch a big conference road victory against Binghamton by the final score of 64-51.  Maine doubled the Bearcats’ point output in the second half, 32-16, to secure their second straight America East victory.  The Lady Black Bears were led by sophomore guard Lauren Bodine’s 21 points, 18 of which came on 3-pointers.  As guard Ashleigh Roberts pointed out on Twitter Saturday night, Maine has now doubled their win total from all of last season, as they moved to 8-8 overall and 2-1 in America East play.  Maine’s next game is Tuesday at 7pm at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, when they host Vermont in another key AE matchup.

Men’s Basketball: The men’s hoops team couldn’t quite make it a clean sweep for the Black Bears on Saturday, as they fell to UMBC in Baltimore by the final score of 79-76.  The 20 turnovers committed by Maine really did in the Black Bears, including an overthrown pass by Xavier Pollard on Maine’s last possession of the game to seal the victory for the Retrievers.  The Black Bears were led in scoring by junior guard Zarko Valjarevic’s 24 points.  With the loss, Maine fell to 1-2 in America East play and 3-12 overall.  The Black Bears return to the court on Thursday at 7pm against the Vermont Catamounts in Bangor.

Throughout the coming week, we will have even more in-depth coverage of Frozen Fenway…both the game itself and the experience as a whole.  Be sure to check back in with Fill The Steins all week long, as each of our contributors will share their memories (fuzzy as they may be…) of a great weekend in Boston.  We invite you to do likewise, here in the comments and on Twitter at @FillTheSteins. 

We also want to thank all our loyal readers and followers with whom we interacted on Saturday, both in person at Boston Beer Works and on Twitter.  We fill the steins to Fill The Steins Nation on your continued support of our site and your celebration of the college of our hearts always!


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