The Maine Wild are excited to announce that they have named Brad Church as Director of Operations for the youth Wild. Church will direct the Wild in all facets of the program and will be responsible for day to day interactions with coaches and families of the Wild program. "We are very excited to have Brad join our Wild family," stated General Manager Dan Fontas. "Brad has a great reputation in the hockey circle and what he will bring to our program will only help in fostering the development of our players experience and skills."
When asked about what he is excited to bring to the Wild Brad said, "Youth hockey should be a real positive experience for kids at all levels. I am excited to help create that for the kids in the Maine Wild program."
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Jack Lowry has been named Maine Wild's new Head Coach.
Lowry, who spent two years with the Wild as an assistant coach, will take over for Head Coach Mike Tenney. Tenney has accepted a position as an Associate Coach in the NAHL team.
Lowry is excited to become Head Coach of the Wild, and bring his experiences of navigating the world of junior, college and pro hockey to the organization.
Having 15 full scholarships to play college hockey, Lowry played two and a half seasons at Boston College. He signed a contract with the Washington Captials and played internationally for a short period of time before realizing he would probably never make it to the NHL. Returning home, Lowry played junior hockey, and then finished his junior and senior years at St. Francis College – now University of New England. Upon graduating, he started coaching immediately.
"I have made some mistakes in my hockey career," Lowry said with a laugh. "I look forward to guiding young players through what I went through. Coaching, I knew I was going to run into kids who had goals and aspirations to get to the higher level, but for me it's more about teaching them to love the game for the right seasons."
Lowry coached locally in high schools for many years before stepping away to take on less responsibility. Biddeford Youth Hockey asked him to become involved in coaching their U16 team, which was less of a time commitment. Lowry then heard the Maine Wild was looking for some help with the organization and contacted Tenney.
"I've been having a blast," he said. "I've always wanted to coach a team with 25 kids who aspire to get to the next level, whatever it might be, to see them be the best they can be. When I coached with Mike last year, the team was full of those type of kids. My vision is to be able to get 25 kids and work with them. I know how hard I worked and hte mistakes I made when I was their age. I want to help them if they really want to get there."
Lowry knows that next season won't be without its challenges.
"I'm nervous, but I think the recruiting piece will become easier … I've spent a lot of time in Massachusetts talking to players and families about the program. Though there won't be too many returners next year from this season – it will maybe be a few veterans – I'm looking for 8-10 junior hockey veterans who understand it, and then I'll fill in the roster will newer kids. Hopefully that veteran leadership will point it in the right direction," he said.
And if that plan comes together, Lowry knows the Maine Wild can come out on top.
"If we do that and we can finish in the top 2-4 teams in the conference, we will be a tough team to play in the playoffs," he said.
Lowry can't wait for the Wild's first game of the next season, when he takes the bench as Head Coach of the Wild.
"I'm just so excited about it," he said. "I can't say enough about how Mike Tenney has mentored me. He's shown me a lot. I wish it was late August right now. There is a lot of work to be done between now and then but I'm excited."
The Maine Wild concluded their 2015-2016 season this weekend, finishing in last place in conference standings at 7-37-0.
Their concluding game, however, was a good way to go out for the season, said Head Coach Mike Tenney.
"I thought the guys played hard on Saturday, we played the guys who won the division and we only lost 4-2," he said. "We were in it. It was 3-0 before we scored, but it was typical of what happened this entire season. It was a bounce here or there, they scored on all of our mistakes. We gave up early goals and made too many critical mistakes at bad times."
Although that was the story thats the story of the Wild's season, Tenney said the team was actually more competitive than a last place team.
"We never put together a consistent effort, even when we won, we still had hiccups," he said. "There wasn't that staple game where we thought, that's how we play, because we put it together in spurts but we never really put it together for long enough to get any kind of momentum going at all."
Depth posed a problem, as well as the lack of consistency on the bench.
"There were times didn't have enough players consistently, we had 18 players, and then 15 players, and 12, and then 18 again, it's hard to get a rhythm when you have a different line up all the time," he said.
Saturday was a solid effort for the Wild, Tenney said.
"We have four guys aging out, all played well, everyone was excited for them and sad for them at the same time," he said. "It was a good way to go out even in a losing effort."
Next season, Tenney is looking to implement some new components to the program to make players even more attractive to college coaches. Those components include classes and community service.
"It looks better on their resumes, to have a more well-rounded approach, so that is coming for next season," he said
Maine tried to dig itself out of a three-goal hole, but Cape Cod held on for a 4-2 victory.
Cape Cod forced Maine goalie Robson Stewart to work between the pipes, taking 38 shots.
Cape Cod also had goals scored by James Brosnan and Dan Moore, who scored one goal each. In addition, Cape Cod received assists from Anthony Giannelli, who had two and Maxime Dordet and Mitchell Eldridge, who each chipped in one.
Anton Zemba rejected 23 shots on goal for Cape Cod. Cape Cod incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. Stewart recorded 34 saves for Maine. Maine incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors.
The Maine Wild fell 5-2 to the New England Stars on Sunday.
In their only game of the weekend, Head Coach Mike Tenney said the Wild didn't have a terrible game at all. In fact, the team showed up and gave a consistent effort – even when times got hard.
"I think the Stars are the deepest team in the league, but we battled hard. They out shot us pretty heavily," said Tenney."
At one point the game was 4-2, which was a close game, but the slowly the game started slipping away.
"We had some chance but couldn't capitalize," he said. "I was proud of the effort. It is tough, when the team is 7-36, for them to keep showing up and giving effort. But they do speaks to their character and their motivation."
New England won 5-2 over Maine.
New England kept Maine\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and William Dunham made 36 saves on 41 shots. Team\’s forwards weren\’t the only contributers offensively, and the team\’s defensemen showcased their scoring touch with three goals.
New England was led by Derek Lovejoy, who finished with one goal and one assist. Lovejoy scored 6:43 into the second period to make the score 3-0 New England. Nick Johnson assisted on the tally. New England additionally got points from Brian Glover, who also grabbed one goal and one assist and Johnson, who also tallied one goal and one assist. New England also had goals scored by Kyle Weiss and Jake Latham, who each put in one. In addition, New England received assists from Steve Crocker, Ian McNamara, Cam Webster, Ryan Gauvin, Ian Gately, and Chris Benschneider, who contributed one each.
Maine was helped by Zach Gagne, who registered one goal. Gagne scored on the power play 10:01 into the third period to make the score 4-2 New England. Maine had gained a power play chance when Glover was whistled for interference. Greg Terlov picked up the assist. Maine also got points from Jordy Knoren, who also racked up one goal and one assist. More assists for Maine came via Shayne Plummer, who had one.
Robbie Campbell rejected 23 shots on goal for New England. New England incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors. Maine incurred 34 minutes in penalty time with two minors. Maine ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Noel Fischer was ejected from the game.
Matt Bauchman netted a hat trick to lead East Coast over Maine, 5-1.
Bauchman notched his first tally 5:52 into the second period. He then added goals at 13:08 into the second and at 19:04 into the third.
East Coast excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in five chances. East Coast forced Maine goalie Brandon Daigle to work between the pipes, taking 53 shots. East Coast bested its season scoring average. East Coast averages 2.8 goals per game.
East Coast additionally got points from Tristan Archambault, who also registered one goal and two assists. East Coast also got a goal from Preston Palamara as well. In addition, East Coast received assists from Tom Potter, who had three and Matt Moreschi, Mason Smith, and Pat Swaanson, who contributed one each.
Maine stifled East Coast\’s power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man.
Aidan Critchlow made 22 saves for East Coast on 23 shots. East Coast incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors. Maine\’s Daigle stopped 48 shots out of the 53 that he faced. Maine incurred 20 minutes in penalty time with 10 minors.