Black Bears Add 10 to Roster - University of Maine Athletics (2024)

Men's Ice Hockey

There are six forwards, two defensem*n and two goaltenders among the newcomers.

ORONO, Maine – On the heels of the program's 19th berth in the NCAA tournament, the University of Maine men's ice hockey team has announced 10 newcomers ahead of the 2024-25 season.

There are six forwards, two defensem*n and two goaltenders among the newcomers.

#7 | Brian Morse
D | 6-1 | 174 | R
Fresno, Calif.
Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL)
Spent the last two seasons playing for the Chilliwack Chiefs in the BCHL … in 2023-24, the blue liner skated in 61 games, notching 30 points on eight goals and 22 assists including seven power-play assists, one power-play goal and one short-handed goal … in 2022-23, he played in 68 games while recording eight goals and 23 assists for 31 points, including 10 points in 15 playoff games.

#11 | Charlie Russell
F | 5-11 | 176 | R
Skaneateles, N.Y.
Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
Most recently played for the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL, playing in 45 games while recording 13 goals and 12 assists for 25 points … played the 2022-23 season for the Fargo Force (USHL), skating in 69 games while recording 17 goals and 20 assists for 37 points … began the 2023-24 season at Clarkson, skating in seven games … also played in the AJHL for the Bonnyville Pontiacs, notching 36 points on 16 goals and 20 assists.

#12 | Owen Fowler
F | 5-9 | 190 | L
Tewksbury, Mass.
UMass Lowell (NCAA)
Spent the last two seasons at UMass Lowell … missed the 2023-24 season due to injury … in 2022-23, recorded 12 points on five goals and seven assists … led UMass Lowell rookies in blocked shots (23) and assists … played for the Sioux City Musketeers and Omaha Lancers in the USHL, totaling 37 points from 10 goals and 27 assists in 55 games … member of the 2021-22 USHL Clark Cup championship team.

#17 | Ross Mitton
F | 5-10 | 190 | R
Copiague Harbor, N.Y.
Colgate (NCAA)
Skated in 130 games for Colgate over the least four seasons, recording 72 points from 26 points and 46 assists … as a senior in 2023-24, notched career-highs in points (30), goals (11), assists (19), shots on goal (98) and power-play goals … was a member of the 2022-23 ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Team … played junior hockey with the Fargo Force, Lincoln Stars and Omaha Lancers in the USHL, totaling 54 points on 21 goals and 33 assists in 132 career games … earned the Jed Ortmeyer Unsung Hero Award and Phil Todd Memorial Scholarship Award with Omaha … won the 2018 Clark Cup Championship with the Fargo Force.

#18 | Taylor Makar
F | 6-3 | 190 | L
Calgary, Alberta
UMass (NCAA)
Skated in 85 games for UMass over the last three seasons … scored 15 goals and added seven assists for 22 points … played in all 36 games in 2023-24, putting up nine points in four goals and five assists with one game-winning goal … led the Minutemen with 10 goals in 2022-23 … played in 104 games over four seasons with the Brooks Bandits in the AJHL, captaining the squad in 2020-21 … totaled 61 points on 17 goals and 44 assists … selected in the seventh round, 220th overall, by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.

#29 | Thomas Pichette
F | 5-11 | 191 | R
Maskinonge, Quebec
Penticton Vees (BCHL)
Spent the last three seasons playing for the Penticton Vees in the BCHL, captaining the squad in 2023-24 … played in 144 regular season games for the Vees, recording 41 goals and 53 assist for 94 points … set bests in 2023-24, recording 42 points on 18 goals and 24 assists … had 25 points from 14 goals and 11 assists in 53 playoff games … won two BCHL Championships with Penticton, doing it in 2021-22 and 2022-23.

#35 | Gage Stewart
G | 6-1 | 190 | L
Marathon, Ontario
Fort McMurray (AJHL)
Most recently played for the Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) and the Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL) during the 2023-24 season … played in 14 regular season games and three playoff games for the Oil Barons, posting a .915 save percentage in the postseason … had a .909 save percentage and .386 goals against average in 20 games for the Stampeders.

#38 | Oskar Komarov
F | 6-0 | 188 | R
Uusikaarlepyy, Finland
Langley Rivermen (BCHL)
Played the 2023-24 season for the Langley Rivermen in the BCHL, becoming the team's first-ever Finnish player … skated in 56 games, recording 18 goals and 23 assists for 41 points, including six multi-point games… previously played for HIFK U20 in the Finnish U20 SM-sarja league … in 2022-23, recorded 33 points form 17 goals and 16 assists in 39 games.

#39 | Patriks Berzins
G | 6-1 | 185 | L
Talsi, Latvia
Madison Capitols (USHL)
Suited up for the Madison Capitols of the USHL during the 2023-24 season … went 16-12-2 with a .901 save percentage and 3.12 goals against average in 31 regular season games to rank in the top 10 in the USHL in both categories … earned USHL Goaltender of the Week honors once … played in the 2022 and 2023 IIHF World Junior Championships for Latvia … posted a .914 save percentage and 2.47 goals against average during the 2023 tournament … … played for the Tri-City Storm (USHL) and Danbury Hat Tricks (NAHL) in 2022-23

#44 | Frank Djurasevic
D | 6-2 | 198 | R
New Rochelle, N.Y.
Merrimack (NCAA)
Skated in all 35 games last season for Merrimack … recorded 10 points from four goals and six assists … fired 72 shots on goal while blocking 43 and scored one game-winning goal … played three seasons for the Penticton Vees in the BCHL, playing in 161 total games … captain of the squad in 2022-23 while being named a finalist for BCHL Best Defenseman … earned back-to-back BCHL Championships (2021-22, 2022-23) … earned Penticton Vees Most Improved Player in 2020-21, Unsung Hero in 2021-22 and Top Defenseman in 2022-23.

Players Mentioned

#7 Brian Morse

D
6' 1"
Freshman

#11 Charlie Russell

F
5' 11"
Sophom*ore

#12 Owen Fowler

F
5' 9"
Junior

#17 Ross Mitton

F
5' 10"
Graduate Student

#18 Taylor Makar

F
6' 3"
Senior

#29 Thomas Pichette

F
5' 11"
Freshman

#35 Gage Stewart

G
6' 1"
Freshman

#38 Oskar Komarov

F
6' 0"
Freshman

#39 Patriks Berzins

G
6' 1"
Freshman

#44 Frank Djurasevic

D
6' 2"
Sophom*ore

Players Mentioned

#7 Brian Morse

6' 1"
Freshman
D

#11 Charlie Russell

5' 11"
Sophom*ore
F

#12 Owen Fowler

5' 9"
Junior
F

#17 Ross Mitton

5' 10"
Graduate Student
F

#18 Taylor Makar

6' 3"
Senior
F

#29 Thomas Pichette

5' 11"
Freshman
F

#35 Gage Stewart

6' 1"
Freshman
G

#38 Oskar Komarov

6' 0"
Freshman
F

#39 Patriks Berzins

6' 1"
Freshman
G

#44 Frank Djurasevic

6' 2"
Sophom*ore
D
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