University of Maine… err, Hockey East Awards / Random Facts

Maine was named Hockey East team of the week for last week. Freshman Black Bear goaltender Dan Sullivan (9-5-1, 2.28GAA, .903save%) was also recognized as Hockey East defensive player of the week after recording allowing only 1 goal over 2 games against then No.4 Merrimack.

Also of note in Hockey East news this week, superstar Maine forward Gustav Nyquist (16G/26A/42Pts) was named Hockey East player of the month for February. Nyquist had 10 goals, including 4 power play goals, in February and added 4 assists.

Paul Dainton (6-15-4, 2.96GAA, .910save%) made 36 saves in last Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Boston College. With that performance, Dainton now has made at least 30 saves in each of his last 4 games. We’re used to Dainton’s numbers dropping off in the second half of the year (coinciding with the Cahoon Swoon effect), but this year Dainton is playing his best hockey down the stretch and has kept the Minutemen in almost every game. It’s too bad the rest of the team isn’t helping him out.

TJ Syner (9G/16A/25Pts) scored the only UMass goal on Saturday. With that goal, Syner has run his point streak to 7 games. During the streak, Syner has scored 2 goals and added 5 assists. Three of these points (1G, 2A) have come on the power play.

Mike Pereira (10G/13A/23Pts) has not had a goal in his last 8 games, since January 29 against Northeastern. He also hasn’t had an assist in his last 3 games. Pereira has dropped from first on the team in points to third in this span. Despite this, Pereira still leads the Mass Attack with 10 goals. Pereira needs to learn how to deal with defenses that are focusing on him if he wants to be the elite player in this league that it appears he has the potential to be.

UMass continues to get burned when on the penalty kill. Saturday marks the fifth consecutive game where the Mass Attack has given up a power play goal. The PK played well (killing 6-for-7), but the team just took way too many penalties against a BC team that has a killer power play.

Final Note: This new banner sucks. Max, please please please please please put the old one back up. This looks like an awful conspiracy-theory snapshot of a UFO. Also, it makes the entire blog gray and white. We are not Providence. I would rather cut off my left hand than look at this banner again. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaassssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeee take it down. Please.



  1. Ty

    Hahaha, now that you point it out, it does look like “an awful conspiracy-theory snapshot of a UFO.” I think it’s an interesting idea, but the lettering can be reworked into something more bad ass. Secondly it’s way too blurred. No one would know what that was a picture of unless you assumed it was The Bill. PS the “Tags” section to the right is a cluster f* of varying font sizes and styles. It almost looks like it makes them larger depending on how many times they are used. Change this.

    • bittym87

      That is, in fact, how it works – the point of the tag cloud is to show which tags are the most popular. But it is kind of a clusterfuck now that you point it out, mostly because our tag names are almost as long as Sufjan Stevens song titles. So yeah, I’m taking it down for now and thinking of a better feature as an alternative.

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