Black Bear Nation FTS: Friday to Sunday

In case you were all caught up in the hype of what turned out to be a brutal Super Bowl, you missed quite a weekend in Black Bear Nation.  While the men’s hockey team was off, the men’s & women’s hoops teams each secured victories on the hardcourt, while the women’s hockey team returned to the ice with a pair of wins over an arch rival.  Fill The Steins is here to cure your Super Bowl hangover and get you back up to speed in this week’s edition of “Friday to Sunday”, so let’s get to it!

Women’s Basketball: After two tough defeats, the ladies got back on the winning track Saturday in Baltimore, as they defeated UMBC by a final score of 61-48.  This game was won on the glass, where Maine out-rebounded the Retrievers 42-30, and behind the 3-point line, where Maine drilled 14 shots from downtown to tie a team record.  Standout forward Liz Wood lead the team in points (15), rebounds (8), and assists (4).  The win pulled the Black Bears back to .500 on the season, with an overall record of 11-11, and moved them to 5-4 in America East play.  Maine will look to build on that momentum when they travel to Vermont to take on the Catamounts on Wednesday at 7pm.

Men’s Basketball: The Maine men improved to 2-1 since Fill The Steins called for Ted Woodward’s resignation last weekend.  Their most recent victory was an 83-80 squeaker against UMBC at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Saturday.  The Bears seemingly did everything they could to grasp defeat from the jaws of victory, as they watched a 20-point halftime lead evaporate in the first 12 minutes of the second half.  To their credit, however, Maine overcame the Retrievers’ momentum and notched their second win in a row for the first time this season.  The win lifts Maine’s record to 5-16 overall and 3-6 in America East.  The men look to make it three in a row in Burlington on Tuesday night when they take on the University of Vermont.  And, yes, despite the team’s current winning streak, we still think Coach Woodward should resign at the end of the season.

Women’s Ice Hockey: After an extended break from competition, the Black Bears’ women’s ice hockey team showed no rust in completing a weekend sweep of arch-rival UNH.  Saturday, Maine picked up a 3-2 victory against the Wildcats when Audra Richards scored with 42 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime.  Richards then went on to tally the winner in the extra session to propel Maine to victory.  Maine kept the momentum rolling on Sunday with a 3-1 victory to complete the home sweep.  The two wins lift the women to an overall record of 5-16-5 on the season.  Like their basketball counterparts, the women’s ice hockey squad returns to action at Vermont, with their next game slated to take place on Saturday in Burlington.

Although our beloved men’s ice hockey team was out of action last weekend, we know they weren’t filling the steins.  No, they were hard at work preparing for their next games.  They have a HUGE weekend series starting this Friday at Notre Dame.  Both games will be televised nationally on NBCSN and will be a great opportunity for Coach Gendron’s boys to show how much progress they’ve made this season.  We wish them the best of luck in those big games!

Lastly, stay tuned to Fill The Steins for an exciting announcement on a whole new way to follow and interact with the FTS crew.  Details coming soon! 

GO BLUE!!!


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