MAINE vs. QUINNIPIAC
Time, site: Friday, 7 p.m., Saturday, 4 p.m., Alfond Arena, Orono
Records: Maine 2-2, Quinnipiac 4-0
Series, last meeting: Maine leads 7-1-1, Maine 4-3 on 12/10/05
Key players: Maine — C Brittany Dougherty (3 goals, 5 assists), LW Jennie Gallo (4 & 2), RW Myriam Croussette (2 & 4), RW Danielle Ward (2 & 4), D Chloe Tinkler (2 & 3), D Melissa Gagnon (0 & 2), G Brittany Ott (1-2, 3.67 GAA, .924 save pct.); Quinnipiac — C Kelly Babstock (4 & 6), LW Erica Uden Johansson (5 & 3), RW Kate Wheeler (3 & 1), D Regan Boulton (1 & 2), D Bethany Dymarcyzk (0 & 3), LW Brittany Lyons (1 & 1), G Victoria Vigilanti (4-0, 0.25, .988)
Outlook: The Black Bears are coming off a pair of losses to Mercyhurst, which moved up into the No. 1 spot in the USCHO national poll. Quinnipiac has allowed just one goal in its first four games while scoring 15. The Bobcats have a dynamic top line featuring its top three scorers: freshmen Babstock and Johansson and junior Wheeler. Babstock may be one of the nation’s top freshman forwards. The Bears will have to pay close attention to that line. However, they should be well-prepared after facing Mercyhurst’s Meghan Agosta, the Olympic Games MVP, and Vicki Bendus, the Patty Kazmaier Award winner (best women’s college hockey player). Ott made 114 saves against Mercyhurst. The Bobcats are coming off a 19-10-8 season and will be very aggressive. They are a hard-working team with talent. The Bears will have to make smart decisions with the puck and be opportunistic when they get scoring chances. They need to attack the Bobcat net.