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University of Maine
Jake Rutt Joins Idaho Steelheads
ORONO, Maine - Former University of Maine men's ice hockey senior Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) has joined the Idaho Steelheads of the East Coast Hockey League. Rutt, a defenseman, served as an assistant captain for the Black Bears during the 2014-15 season. Prior to the game on Saturday night, Maine will honor seniors: Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine), Andrew Cerretani (Pelham, New Hampshire), Stu Higgins (Troy, Michigan) and Connor Leen (Chester, New York). ORONO, Maine - Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) and Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) each had a goal and an assist to lead the University of Maine men's ice hockey team to a 4-2 victory over #17 Boston College on Sunday afternoon at Alfond Arena. Devin Shore Named 2014-2015 Captain, Stu Higgins and Jake Rutt to Serve as Alternate Captains Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) was selected as the captain, while Stu Higgins (Troy, Mich.) and Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) were chosen as alternate or assistant captains. Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) and Bill Norman (Stockholm, Sweden) scored second period goals, but it was not enough as the University of Maine men's ice hockey team fell to UMass 5-2 on Saturday night at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass. The Black Bears got first period goals by Mark Nemec (Rouses Point, NY.) and Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine), but the Minutemen scored with an extra attacker at 18:52 of the third period to salvage the tie.
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Rutt signs with ECHL's Steelheads LEWISTON - Jake Rutt took an amateur tryout with the Idaho Steelheads at the end of the 2014-15 season and turned into a one-year contract for the upcoming 2015-16 season. The Scarborough native who spent the last four seasons on the University of Maine Black Bears blue line where he amassed nine goals and 23 assists in his career learned a lot in his short time with the Steelheads. "I took a liking to the coaching staff and how they went about their business," Rutt said. "The pro game is a little more east-west, it's a little more controlled, it's not as in your face," Rutt said. The last four years in Orono have created plenty of memories for Rutt who's childhood goal was to play for his state's flagship school. "When I first started playing junior hockey (with the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs) I wanted to play hockey and get my education," Rutt said. "The biggest thing that I will remember when time passes is the Alfond," Rutt said.
Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario), Liam Pecararo (Canton, Mass.), Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) and Schurhamer each have a goal and two assists for three points.
Seniors Stu Higgins and Jake Rutt will serve as alternate captains for the Black Bears this season. Will Merchant, Conor Riley, Jake Rutt, Devin Shore, Steven Swavely and Kyle Williams were honored for the second time in their careers.
College hockey: Jitters gone, Rutt ready to play for Maine
Jake Rutt, from Scarbourgh, starts his freshman year at University of Maine with this season's Black Bears' hockey team. Buy a print - Amber Waterman/Sun Journal ORONO - Jake Rutt's eyes weren't quite as big and wide as those on the oversized, inflatable black bear out of which the team skates prior to games at Alfond Arena. But as he emerged from the bear's mouth Sunday for the first time in a competitive setting, they were close. "It was pretty exciting, going out of the bear head for the first time," Rutt said. "Seeing the crowd and everything, I had a few jitters. But it was a good feeling." Rutt, one of seven freshmen on the Maine squad this season, saw his first game action Sunday in an exhibition against the University of New Brunswick, a 7-3 Maine victory. Because it was exhibition play, Maine dressed every healthy skater on its roster, and almost all of the players saw equal time. Rutt's efforts Sunday produced a plus-1 rating and a pair of minor penalties, one for hooking and the other for tripping. "Obviously it's a pretty big adjustment, but it's a work in progress," Rutt said. "It's not going to come like a snap of the fingers. It's going to take a little time, and I just have to be patient." The biggest difference Rutt's already noticing? "It's definitely the speed," Rutt said, "and the talent of the players. Every level you go up, they get smarter and they get better with the puck. That will take a few games." Rutt came to campus at Orono with a solid pedigree. Before enrolling at Maine, and following his high school career at St. Dominic Academy and Scarborough High School, Rutt spent time with the Manchester Junior Monarchs. Cornell is among five players other than Rutt on Maine's roster to have also played for the Junior Monarchs. Over the summer, Rutt also joined a handful of current and former Maine players - including some Maine natives - to train for his freshman season. As the school year drew closer, Rutt and the six other freshmen filtered onto campus early. It was there that Whitehead saw just what he's getting in the rugged defenseman. "And what I love about Jake is that he's a good athlete. He was an all-state baseball player in addition to a good hockey player, so this is a kid that has a lot of upside, a lot of athleticism. I think that's going to translate, now that he's focused just on hockey, I think you're going to see a big growth spurt there on the ice." One of the biggest adjustments, Rutt said, is learning to play more of a defense-only role, something he began to learn in junior hockey. "It's obviously a big change from high school and even junior hockey," Rutt said. By all accounts, Rutt appears to be adjusting just fine.
Rutt to join Black Bears
Jacob Rutt has decided to stay close to home after giving a verbal commitment to the University of Maine for the fall of 2011. Rutt, 18, is currently playing in his first season for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs and has had considerable success in his short time with the club. In 29 games with the club, he has nine goals, nine assists for 18 points. The Scarborough native and All-State defenseman for Scarborough High School last season has turned some heads in the NHL as well, as he's currently ranked #209 in the Central Scouting's North American midterm rankings. Because of NCAA rules, Maine cannot comment on Rutt joining the Black Bears until he signs a National Letter of Intent, which will happen at some point in the fall.