MAINE vs. CENTRAL CONNECTICUT
Time, site: Tuesday, 7 p.m., Alfond Arena, Orono
Records: Maine 1-1, Central Connecticut 2-0
Series, last meeting: Maine leads 12-3, Maine 61-58 on 11/13/09
Key players: Maine — 5-11 G Amber Smith (16.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.5 spg), 6-0 F Sam Wheeler (13.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.5 apg, 3.0 spg), 5-9 G Katelyn Vanderhoff (12.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.0 apg), 6-2 F Corinne Wellington (5.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg), 5-7 G Brittany Williams (5.0 ppg, 2.0 apg, 2.0 spg), 6-3 F Sam Baranowski (1.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.0 bpg); Central Connecticut — 6-1 F Justina Udenze (8.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg), 5-10 F Kerrianne Dugan (8.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg), 5-11 F Leanne Crockett (8.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg), 5-10 F Gabrielle Oglesby (6.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg), 5-10 G/F Jaleen Thomas (3.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg)
Outlook: The Bears return home hoping to put two wins together after coming from behind Friday to beat Bryant. UMaine is playing the first of three home games this week, as it will host the Dead River Co. Classic on Friday and Saturday. The Bears must focus on rebounding after surrendering 37 offensive boards to opponents. They’ll be tested by a CCSU squad that has rebounded well thus far. UMaine appears to have an edge in the backcourt, but the Blue Devils are versatile and deep up front. The Bears need more production and consistency from Wellington and Baranowski, who have combined to average only 6.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. CCSU, picked to finish seventh in the Northeast Conference, has played strong defense, allowing only 42.5 ppg. That includes a 46-41 win over perennial America East power Hartford on Nov. 12.
MAINE vs. NEW HAMPSHIRE
Time, site: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Androscoggin Bank Colisee, Lewiston
Records: Maine 4-6-2 (0-2-2 Hockey East); UNH 8-5 (2-3)
Series, last meeting: UNH leads 30-1-3, UNH 3-1 on 1/30/10
Key players: Maine — C Brittany Dougherty (7 goals, 7 assists), LW Jennie Gallo (8 & 4), RW Myriam Croussette (4 & 7), C Danielle Ward (4 & 6), D Ashley Norum (1 & 7), D Chloe Tinkler (2 & 3), G Brittany Ott (3-5-2, 2.48 GAA, .925 save pct.); UNH — C Arielle O’Neill (6 & 4), LW Kristine Lavoie (5 & 3), LW Kristine Horn (2 & 6), RW Julie Allen (2 & 4), Courtney Sheary (0 & 3), Katie Brock (0 & 3), G Lindsey Minton (6-4, 1.39, .934)
Outlook: The Wildcats graduated their leading scorers, 51-point producers Kelly Paton and Micaela Long, and have struggled to score goals, averaging just 2.06 goals per game. UNH hasn’t scored more than two goals in its last six games. However, the Wildcats have given up only 1.68 goals per game. Maine coach Maria Lewis said her Black Bears will have to “take care of the puck” and stay out of the penalty box. Maine center Dominique Goutsis could return to the lineup after suffering a shoulder injury and being taken from the game in a stretcher against Northeastern on Nov. 11. UNH’s top scoring line features freshmen O’Neill and Hannah Armstrong (2 & 4) along with sophomore Lavoie. The game shapes up as a goaltending duel between Ott and Minton. High-scoring UNH defenseman Courtney Birchard (4 & 4) has missed the last four games.