March 8, 2007 PRINT Bookmark and Share

Bishop Out This Weekend

by Adam Wodon/Managing Editor

Maine sophomore goaltender Ben Bishop will miss this weekend's playoff series at Massachusetts, a school spokesperson confirmed today.

Bishop, the team's No. 1 goaltender the last two seasons, did not play in last weekend's series either, a sweep by UMass in Amherst. His status has been questionable.

Bishop reinjured his groin Feb. 24, and has been slow to heal.

"I got on the ice (Wednesday) and it felt all right. The goal is to get out there (with a series win) this weekend, but it's still up in the air," Bishop told the Portland Press-Herald yesterday. "(The groin) is getting better every day, but we have to make sure we don't go out there and hurt it even worse."

Maine (21-12-2) was practicing today at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, on its way to Amherst. USM has an Olympic -sized ice sheet, as does UMass.

Bishop is 19-8-2 this season, with a 2.15 goals against average and .921 save percentage.

"Obviously, we're hopeful he can come back as quick as possible," Maine coach Tim Whitehead told the Press-Herald yesterday, "but we have to try to be as patient as we can."

It's easier to be cautious given Maine's NCAA status — which appears reasonably secure regardless of this weekend's results.

Freshman Dave Wilson will get the starts again. In 12 appearances, Wilson has a 2.99 GAA and .902 save percentage. Fellow freshman Shane Foley is the backup; Foley has just two minutes of playing time this season.

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