Florida College Classic
MAINE vs. MIAMI (OHIO)
Time, site: Wednesday, 7:35 p.m., Germain Arena, Estero, Fla.
Records: Maine 8-4-4, Miami 10-5-3
Series, last meeting: Maine leads 5-0, Maine 6-5 on 10/13/95
Key players: Maine — RW Spencer Abbott (11 goals, 10 assists), RW Gustav Nyquist (6 & 14), C Robby Dee (6 & 11), LW Brian Flynn (9 & 5), D Josh Van Dyk (3 & 2), G Dan Sullivan (5-3-1, 2.44 GAA, .892 save pct.), G Martin Ouellette (1-1-1, 2.25, .908); Miami — C Carter Camper (13 & 22), C Andy Miele (8 & 23), LW Reilly Smith (12 & 10), C Pat Cannone (7 & 12), D Chris Wideman (1 & 9), G Cody Reichard (6-3, 2.60, .888), G Connor Knapp (4-2-3, 1.81, .918)
Outlook: The RedHawks returned 11 of their top 13 scorers, all but one defensemen and both goalies off last year’s 29-8-7 Frozen Four team. Camper (1.94) and Miele (1.72) are first and third in the country in points per game, and Miami is the nation’s second highest scoring team (3.83 goals per game). Miami hasn’t played since Dec. 4. The RedHawks have three high-powered lines, so the Black Bears will have to play an exceptional defensive game and not fuel Miami’s transition with turnovers. Miami is the nation’s second most penalized team, so the Bears could take advantage if they maintain their discipline. However, the RedHawks have the nation’s third-best penalty-killing percentage (89.4 percent). Defenseman Will O’Neill’s return should jumpstart Maine’s power play, which snapped an 0-for-33 drought in the 4-1 win over Massachusetts on Dec. 12. Miami has the nation’s 12th-best power play (22.6 percent), led by Camper’s five power-play goals. Maine will be without C Klas Leidermark, who had his flight from Sweden canceled.
MAINE vs. MASSACHUSETTS
Time, site: Wednesday, 7 p.m., Alfond Arena, Orono
Records: Maine 1-10, Massachusetts 3-9
Series, last meeting: Maine leads 12-6, Maine 65-49 on 1/3/10
Key players: Maine — 5-11 G Amber Smith (11.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, .784 FT pct.), 5-9 G Ashleigh Roberts (8.8 ppg, 2.1 apg), 5-9 G Katelyn Vanderhoff (7.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.9 spg), 5-11 G/F Tanna Ross (7.3 ppg), 6-2 F Corinne Wellington (6.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg), 5-7 G Brittany Williams (3.1 ppg, 1.8 apg, 1.3 spg); UMass — 5-8 G Megan Zullo (13.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.3 apg, .470 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-1 F Shakia Robinson (12.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.8 spg, .537 FG pct.), 6-0 G Cerie Mosgrove (11.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg), 6-3 C Jasmine Watson (11.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg), 5-8 G Emilie Teuscher (6.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
Outlook: The Black Bears hope some home cooking and rest over the holidays can help them turn the corner into 2011 on a positive note. UMaine has lost nine straight, including a 76-70 setback at Stetson on Dec. 21. Coach Cindy Blodgett has shortened up the bench and is leaning heavily on the likes of Vanderhoff, Smith and Roberts. Samantha Wheeler remains sidelined with postconcussion symptoms. The Bears are 0-4 at home this season. The Minutewomen have won two in a row, including a 78-72 victory over Miami of Ohio on Dec. 21. UMass is coached by Sharon Dawley, who guided Vermont for the previous seven seasons, including consecutive league titles each of the last two seasons. UMass is a balanced squad that is shooting 38 percent on 3-pointers, led by Zullo. Like UMaine, the Minutewomen have been turnover-prone. The Bears must contest 3-pointers, minimize turnovers and rebound well to stop their losing streak.