The University of Maine's Jake Rutt (right) handles the puck against Providence College's Ross Mauermann at the Alfond Arena in Orono in this February 2014 file photo.
University of Maine
ORONO, Maine -- When Jake Rutt
was 8, the University of Maine
won the school's second NCAA hockey championship, beating archrival New Hampshire 3-2 in overtime in the title game in Anaheim, California.
That accomplishment eventually played a significant role in the Scarborough defenseman's decision to attend Maine.
That 1998-99 team will be honored before Friday night's game against David Quinn's Boston University Terriers, and Rutt, an alternate captain, would like nothing better than to give those returning players a win against the nation's No. 3-ranked team.
I looked up to the guys on that team," said Rutt
said Maine is a "prideful state," and he
is hoping this year's team and future teams can restore that pride by returning the program to the elite status it had during those years.
said once the puck drops, the nostalgia will be replaced by the fact there are two very important Hockey East points on the line and they will be facing a formidable opponent featuring the nation's top-scoring line in freshman phenom Jack Eichel between junior Danny O'Regan and senior Evan Rodrigues.
"They're very talented guys, but you can't show them too much respect or they'll shred you," said Rutt
Being the home team, Maine will get the last line change, and Rutt
said that will enable Black Bear coach Red Gendron to get the "matchup we want" against BU's