ORONO – It certainly hasn’t been the senior year University of Maine left winger Scott Parmentier had wanted.
His stats aren’t that bad as they show him with eight goals and three assists in 14 games. But the speedster with the ever-dangerous wrist shot hasn’t been as big a factor as he has been in the past.
There is a good reason for Parmentier’s struggles.
He has constant pain in both hands because both contain an extra bone on top which, in Parmentier’s words, “puts stress all over my hands and wrists.”
Maine coach Shawn Walsh said Parmentier has been a mere “shadow of himself” due to the condition.
The affliction has also zapped some of the strength in his hands.
“I feel crippled. I can’t really shoot as quick or as hard as usual. I can only shoot well enough to get by. I don’t have strength on my stick which is why I lose my stick a lot,” said Parmentier who added that the three-week break did nothing to improve his ailment.
“I try not to think about it during games,” said Parmentier who will mull having surgery on both hands after the season.
Parmentier isn’t dwelling on his predicament entering this weekend’s games at Merrimack on Friday and at Boston College on Saturday.
“I’ve got to overcome it. I’ve got to realize my career at Maine is almost over. This is an exciting part of the season,” said Parmentier, who is just four points shy of the 100-point plateau for his career.
“In the first half, everybody gets to see who’s got who and how teams are going to do. But in the second half, a lot of teams tail off and lot of teams improve.
“We can only get better. This weekend will be a real good test for us,” said Parmentier.
Maine’s 8-7-2 first half, 5-5-1 in Hockey East, isn’t something the Bears should set aside, according to Parmentier.
“We need to learn from the first half and use it to our advantage,” said Parmentier. “If we learn from it. we’ll be all right.”
He said it is important that the Bears develop an identity in the second half.
“We’ve got to be consistent. We’ve got to play the same way no matter who we play. We’ve got to play hard defense,” said Parmentier, who will probably take more slap shots than wrist shots due to his condition.
He would like nothing better than to finish strong and make the NCAA Tournament.
“Once you make the playoffs, everything else is forgotten,” said Parmentier. “It doesn’t matter how you did before. Whoever wins in the playoffs, advances.”