Who are THESE Black Bears?
Didn't we leave this University of Maine hockey team in the Hockey East graveyard after they spent the first semester losing to Tomato Cans such as UConn and Princeton?
Didn't we just declare them as big a disappointment as a Celtics team that just lost by 10 to the woeful Chicago Bulls on Saturday?
Well, I guess coach Red Gendron's crew is proving Solari wrong.
Maine is playing its best hockey of the season, riding a five-game unbeaten streak after sweeping Boston College at home, including a thrilling 2-1 overtime win on Saturday.
It guarantees the Bears can finish no worse than sixth in Hockey East and will finish conference play above .500. Maine has two games left, at UMass next Saturday and at home against Boston University the following Saturday, and can still finish as high as second.
I wouldn't count on that, but you want to be playing your best hockey late in the season.
Is this team a national championship contender? No. Is this your older brother's BC? Absolutely not. The Eagles stink, and Maine took care of business at home. But do any of the top teams in Hockey East want to play Maine in a playoff series right now? I doubt it.
After all this team has gone through, getting to Causeway Street would be a warm and fuzzy story, and maybe quiet Red Gendron's critics to a degree.