This past weekend was a great one for the University of Maine men's hockey team.
The Black Bears bounced back nicely from a disastrous opening weekend in which they lost by an aggregate 12-0 to Providence College and the University of New Brunswick - the latter an exhibition contest - with a nice sweep of the University of Alaska-Anchorage.
Most of Black Bear Nation reveled in the refreshing 7-1 and 2-1 overtime victories over the Seawolves of the WCHA, but let's pump the brakes a little bit.
Alaska-Anchorage is the worst team in the nation. The Seawolves are the Miami Dolphins of NCAA Division I hockey. They won just 3 games last year and probably won't crack double-digits in victories this winter.
Maine needed to take care of business and get two home victories, and coach Red Gendron's club did that. It was nice to see the Bears bust out for 7 goals on Friday night, with Eduards Tralmaks and Tim Doherty each getting two, and follow that up with a hard-fought overtime victory Saturday. The Seawolves made Maine earn Saturday's win.
The Bears did a better job Friday of staying out of the penalty box - committing only two penalties - but rendered the Seawolves nine power plays on Saturday. If that happens next weekend at Quinnipiac, Maine won't leave Hamden, Connecticut, with any positive results.
The weekend sweep of UAA was indeed a positive result and something Maine can build on.
Given Maine's next five games are with Quinnipiac, Vermont and Boston University, it was needed.
It was also nice to see Anchorage native Jeremy Swayman pick up two wins in net against his hometown team.