UMaine Men’s Hockey team shocks the world

“If I woke Up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am now.” I love that line from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. And boy does it apply right now, just hours removed from the UMaine men’s hockey team winning not one but two games against #4 ranked Boston College.

No this website has not been hacked. Seriously UMaine really won both games this weekend against the highly ranked Eagles. In Overtime. On the road.

Athletes always say they “shocked the world” after a big win. The level of shock here is equivalent to a power line falling in a swimming pool.

Who are these guys? I don’t know but let’s hope they stick around.

Prior to this weekend the Black Bears were an embarrassing 4-23-1 against top 25 teams the last three seasons. Dreadful. But they are 2-0 in the last couple of days.

And did you see earlier where I wrote Maine did this away from the friendly confines off the Alfond Arena? Red Gendron’s teams ave always skated like they were playing on roller blades away from home. I once wrote while traveling they should at least stay at a Holiday Inn Express so they can pretend they are a D-1 hockey team.

During the last 3 years Maine is 19-27-6 on the road. But they are 2-0 away from home in the last 48 hours or so.

I’m not going to write any more. I was taught in a management class years ago to celebrate success. So while that may not be what Bill Belichick would do, that’s exactly what the Black Bear players should do right now. They should party like it’s 1999 (great song and the year of the last National Title) and celebrate the best weekend the UMaine hockey program has had in nearly a decade.

I hope I don’t wake up tomorrow needing a staple remover.

Jeff Solari

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Jeff Solari is the president and founder of the Sports Chowdah, Maine’s only free, weekly sports e mail newsletter. Recently, the Mount Desert Island native was the co-host of "The Drive" on 92.9 FM in Bangor.