MAINE vs. CAPE BRETON
Time, site: Saturday, 3 p.m. (exhibition); Alfond Arena, Orono
Team records (2009-10): Maine 19-11, Cape Breton 20-2
Key players (2009-10 statistics): Maine — 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (14.6 ppg, .398 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-7 F Sean McNally (10.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg), 6-3 G Terrance Mitchell (9.9 ppg, 1.9 apg), 6-7 F Murphy Burnatowski (6.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.2 spg), 6-7 F Troy Barnies (6.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg), 6-0 G Raheem Singleton (1st season); Cape Breton — 6-2 G Jimmy Dorsey (17.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.8 apg, 3.1 spg), 6-4 G Paris Carter (13.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg), 6-4 F Philip Nkrumah (12.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 4.4 apg), 6-0 G Tremaine Fraser (11.4 ppg, 3.3 apg), 6-6 C Scott Jaspers-Fayer (11.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg)
Outlook: The Black Bears entertain the Capers, the defending Atlantic University Sport champions, in their only fall exhibition contest. UMaine is trying to build on last season’s success behind a balanced, veteran nucleus. Cape Breton has most of the key members back from a squad that averaged 94.1 ppg and shot 46 percent from the floor last winter. The Bears are trying to establish Singleton and Andrew Rogers as a one-two punch at the point guard spot to complement a strong frontcourt. The Capers have already played a handful of exhibition contests to work out some kinks.
MAINE vs. HUSSON
Time, site: Sunday, 1 p.m. (exhibition); Alfond Arena, Orono
Team records (2009-10): Maine 8-21, Husson 19-9
Last meeting: Maine 92-31 on 11/7/09
Key players: Maine — 6-0 F Samantha Wheeler (10.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg), 5-9 G Katelyn Vanderhoff (6.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.1 spg), 6-3 F Samantha Baranowski (4.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg), 6-2 C Corinne Wellington (5.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg), 5-10 F Tanna Ross (6.7 ppg), G Ashley Roberts (1st season); Husson — 5-9 F Bri Hanscom (13.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg), 5-10 G Bethany Sevey (10.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg), 5-5 G Noelle Lincoln (6.2 ppg, 1.5 apg), 5-5 G Marissa Albert (3.5 ppg), 5-9 G Kelli Murray (4.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg), 6-0 C Steph Comstock (1st season)
Outlook: The Black Bears make their Alfond Arena debut with an exhibition game against the Division III Eagles. UMaine holds a decided advantage in frontcourt height and has enjoyed more practice time. Husson, coached by former UMaine captain Mary “Kissy” Walker, is shorthanded as point guards Amanda Gifford and Caitlyn Butterfield are with the women’s soccer squad, which is in the North Atlantic Conference playoffs. UMaine fans will get their first look at Roberts. Husson won the NAC title last year and reached the NCAA Division III tournament. Fans who wear a halloween costume will be admitted free.
MAINE vs. VERMONT
Time, site: Saturday, 7:05 p.m., Gutterson Fieldhouse, Burlington, Vt.
Records: Maine 3-1-2 (1-0 in Hockey East); Vermont 0-1-2 (0-0-1 HE)
Series, last meeting: Maine leads 15-13-3, 4-4 tie on Jan. 30
Key players: Maine — LW Spencer Abbott (5 goals, 6 assists), C Robby Dee (4 & 5), RW Gustav Nyquist (2 & 7), RW Joey Diamond (4 & 4), D Josh Van Dyk (0 & 5), G Shawn Sirman (2-0-1, 2.73 GAA, .899 save pct.), G Dan Sullivan (1-1, 2.81, .878); Vermont — LW Wahsontiio Stacey (3 & 0), RW Jack Downing (1 & 1), LW Josh Burrows (0 & 2), D Dan Lawson (1 & 0), C Sebastian Stalberg (0 & 1), D Kyle Medvec (no points), G Rob Madore (0-1-2, 2.22, .919)
Outlook: The Catamounts lost four of their top five scorers off last year’s NCAA Tournament team, but they have a deep and veteran defense corps and an exceptional goalie in Madore. The Catamounts are defense-minded and block a lot of shots. They have a quality top line with Stacey, Stalberg and freshman Anthony DeCenzo. Freshman left wing Connor Brickley is a second-round draft pick of Florida. Maine will have to follow the blueprint it implemented to sweep No. 2 North Dakota last weekend: get the puck deep into the offensive zone, harass the UVM defense corps and drive the net front. Maine wants to avoid getting too fancy. That can lead to turnovers and transition opportunities for the Catamounts. Maine is 10-for-34 on the power play (29.4 percent) over its last four games. UM defenseman Mike Cornell will make his debut as a right wing on the fourth line as Theo Andersson (lower body injury) is out.