Umaine shuts out Merrimack, advances to Hockey East quarters

ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Maine men's hockey team showed why they had one of the better home records in Hockey East this season with their 2-0 shutout of Merrimack in their single-elimination first-round playoff. 

Lewiston native Mark Anthoine opened the scoring 2:01 into the contest when the senior forward knuckled a backhander past Warriros goalie Tirronen Rasmus.

Anthoine's classmate Martin Ouellette made that lone goal stand as he stopped all 29 shots he faced. 

Leading scorer Devin Shore added an empty goal with 20 seconds left in regulation to secure the win. 

The sixth-seeded Black Bears (16-13-4) will travel to Providence for a best-of-three series in the Hockey East quarterfinals next weekend.

Falmouth repeats, Messalonskee boys win 1st state hockey title

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - It took Falmouth an extra period and it took Messalonskee their third try to capture their respective state championships in boys hockey on Saturday. 

The Yachstmen defended their Class 'A' title with a 3-2 overtime win over St. Dominic Academy.  Jack Grade scored the goal with with 1:17 left in the first OT period. 

Meanwhile, after losing in the previous two Class 'B' finals to Greely, Messalonskee rolled to their first ever state championship.  The Eagles were tied 1-1 after the first period with Gorham, who were playing in their first ever state final, before scoring the final five goals of the game.  Messalonskee finished the season with a perfect record (21-0-0).

Environmentalists worry decision made in Canada could impact Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- On Thursday afternoon, the Canadian National Energy Board ruled in favor of a project that will allow tar sands oil to flow east from Alberta Provence to Montreal, Quebec.

Environmental groups in Maine believe the decision paves the way for energy companies to seek to have tar sands oil flow from Canada to Casco Bay via the Portland Montreal Pipeline.

"Up until this point, the line that comes from Alberta down towards the New England border has not been able to carry tar sands," explained Lisa Pohlmann, executive director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine.  "So it is literally now at our doorstep."

While environmentalists believe the operators of the Portland Montreal Pipeline will now push to reverse its flow and pump tar sands oil onto ships docked in South Portland, and on to refineries around the world, a company spokesman says that is not the case.

Everyday Athlete: Brainy Billiards

AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- If you want to play a game of billiards, or pool as it's often called, it's not that difficult to track down a table-- they're everywhere! But if you're looking for a better understanding of how to play the game, it may help to learn from someone with years of practice under his belt. NEWS CENTER's Jessica Gagne got a lesson in pool playing, and patience, in this week's Everyday Athlete.

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HS boys hockey regional finals schedule/results

(NEWS CENTER)-- The regional championships

Class 'A' East:

(3) St. Dominic   3
(1) Bangor            1   F

Class 'A' West:

(2) Scarborough   2
(1) Falmouth      5  F

Class 'B' East:

(2) Presque Isle       3
(1) Messalonskee   9  F

Class 'B' West:

(3) Greely       2

(1) Gorham   4  

Baxter Brewing expansion allows for 24/7 brewing

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Baxter Brewing will now be able to brew and package 24 hours a day with its new expansion, which finished Tuesday. 

"We only filled about 30% of our orders in 2012, and that's in Maine and Massachusetts," said owner Luke Livingston.

That led to the expansion, which started last January. The first phase completed last July, which added three 240 barrel fermenters and included the hiring of nine people. Phase two finished Tuesday. The goal is to fill the northern New England orders, and then to expand into new markets.

Baxter Brewing Co. is the first craft brewery in New England to use 100 percent aluminum cans.


Pirates climb out of AHL cellar with in over Hartford

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Two days after dropping to the bottom of the AHL standings, the Portland Pirates had their best result in a month with a 5-1 win over Hartford. 

Lucas Lessio and Brendan Shinnimin each had two goals for the Pirates.  Tobias Rieder had the other for Portland. 

Mark Visentin stopped 27 of 28 shots faced. 

The Pirates win moves them just out of the league's cellar with 52 points, one ahead of Adirondack. 

Portland (21-26-2-7) will host Albany at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Friday with a 7 p.m. first face-off.