April 09, 2020

Lundbacks hope to spark Bears> Slumping offense plaguing UMaine

The University of Maine’s Black Bears, trying desperately to generate some offense after scoring just one goal on their last 81 shots over the last three games, will have freshman twins Anders and Magnus Lundback together on a line with Jim Leger for this weekend’s series at Boston University.

Magnus Lundback has played in just one game, the 0-0 tie at Boston College on Jan. 10, while Anders has been a regular and is Maine’s leading point-getter among its freshmen with 13 points in 19 games.

“Magnus made a later adjustment to North American hockey [than Anders],” said Maine assistant coach Grant Standbrook. “They both have plenty of skill but they need to show more of it during games. We’ve seen signs of it happening and we need it to happen.”

He said they have exhibited a good chemistry and a similar thought process in practice and he hopes that can be translated into a productive weekend.

“It’s going to be fun,” said Anders, who is 15 minutes older than his twin brother and will center the line with Magnus on the left wing and Leger on the right side. “He is more of a passer and I go to the net more.”

Magnus added, “We know how each other thinks and plays. And we play well together. We’ve looked pretty good in practice.”

Ironically, the twins haven’t been linemates often. Hardly ever.

“We played four or five games together last year [for Tierp AC in the Swedish Division II League] and we had two shifts together against BC,” said Magnus.

Anders said he didn’t know why they haven’t been linemates more often.

The twins said they know what they’ll have to do to be successful.

“We’ve got to play good defense. That’s the most important thing. And we’ve got to go to the net hard,” said Magnus.

“We’re both good skaters so we’re going to have to skate to be effective,” said Anders, who has just two assists in his last five games.

“Yeah, we’ve got to keep our legs moving,” agreed Magnus.

Maine coach Shawn Walsh said putting them together on a line “might jumpstart the two of them.”

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