2017-02-08 / Sports

Fleurent brothers making an impact at UNE

By ALEX SPONSELLER
Associate Sports Editor

BIDDEFORD — Biddeford’s own Trevor and Brady Fleurent have amassed  another impressive season so far for the University of New England men’s hockey team.

Not only are the Fleurent’s leading the Nor’easters in scoring, but they currently are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the entire Commonwealth Coast Conference. Brady, a sophomore, has recorded 45 points in 20 games while Trevor, a senior, has accumulated 33 points.

Brady has already eclipsed his freshman-year point toal, and believes that experience has been key to his development on the ice.

“The biggest difference between my freshman season and sophomore season is more confidence as a player and being relied on more I believe,” said Brady. “That extra year under my belt and the extra offseason this past summer made me (want) to be a bigger part of the team and role of a leader.”

Playing on an aggressive offense has also helped Brady shine this season.

“I think what has led to me posting my numbers is the hard work and drive I put in. We have a very offensive-minded team which leads to opportunities to make plays and get in the scoring areas.”

“Brady has been terrific all year for us,” said Trevor. “He is very underrated as a player and he brings that ‘prove people wrong’ mentality to every game he plays. It seems like all I have to do is get open and he’s been able to find a way to get the puck to me and create scoring chances. We have built the brother chemistry throughout our childhood playing days and it’s been a blessing to get to play with him my last two years of college.”

Trevor has also surpassed his 2015-16 point total, and credits the guys around him for his success.

“The season for me personally so far has been great. I’ve reached a few milestones that I’ve wanted to accomplish in my four years here,” said Trevor. “The numbers I have posted stem from playing with great linemates. Obviously playing with Brady is a blast but you always need to add the ‘B’ to the ‘BFF’ line — that being the play of Dylan Bengston and Ryan Bloom. Also, our team offense has been deadly all year as well as our top-ranked powerplay ... being surrounded with quality players make my job easy.”

Trevor has also been one of the leaders on and off the ice, serving as team captain. He has been proud to set an example for his teammates throughout the year.

“We have a core group of strong senior leadership so we all try to set a good example,” said Trevor. “As captain of this team it is my job to keep the guys in line and focused as well as keep the spirits high. My leadership style is more action-based and I pride myself on doing that on and off the ice as best I can to set the example for the team.”

Trevor’s influence has greatly impacted Brady at both UNE and in seasons prior, and Brady feels that his older brother has been a large part of his evolution as a player.

“He has taught me a lot. As my captain he taught me how to lead the team on and off the ice, and as a player he taught me that college hockey is another level — you need to be great in every end of the ice if you want to make an impact,” said Brady. “He has taught me that it is very hard to score in college hockey. At this level there are no easy goals, they all require hard work and getting to the dirty areas and paying the price to get rewarded.”

The Fleurent’s have been happy to represent UNE and play in front of their hometown fans in Biddeford, the place where they began their spectacular careers.

“Playing in my hometown of Biddeford and for the UNE community has been a dream come true,” said Trevor. “My decision to stay close to home and get UNE on the hockey map has been one I will not regret. Getting a chance to play in front of my family, friends, and our dedicated fans has been more than I could have asked for my college career.”

“It has been an honor to play for my hometown Biddeford — playing in front of family and friends every home game is incredible,” said Brady. “The support as a team we get from the Biddeford community is second to none and creates a great atmosphere at the Harold Alfond Forum.”

The Nor’easters are currently fifth in the CCC with an 11-7-2 record, and are preparing to make a playoff push in the home stretch of the regular season.

Trevor believes that this year’s team has the explosiveness to make a deep postseason run in his final season.

“As a team this season we can be very dangerous. When the boys are playing our best hockey we are hard to beat, especially at home. I’m looking for a great playoff push and run with these guys,” said Trevor.

Brady also likes his team’s chances, and has faith that the Nor’easters will bring plenty of wins home to Biddeford in the coming years.

“I think we are a program on the rise with a great coach and many great players,” said Brady. “My goals are to bring (a championship) back to Biddeford and to play my hardest because winning isn’t easy, but I think we have the future for it.”

— Associate Sports Editor Alex Sponseller can be reached at asponseller@journaltribune.com or at 282-1535 ext. 323. Follow the Journal Tribune Sports Department on Twitter @JournalTsports.

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