UMaine hockey capsule

Posted Jan. 20, 2011, at 8:44 p.m.

Women’s hockey

MAINE vs. UCONN

Time, site: Friday, 5 p.m.; Saturday, noon; Alfond Arena, Orono

Records: Maine 9-11-4 (3-7-2 Hockey East); UConn 10-13-1 (6-4-1 HE)

Series, last meeting: UConn leads 17-10-3; UConn 3-1 on Nov. 6, 2010

Key players: Maine — C Brittany Dougherty (11 goals, 12 assists), RW Jennie Gallo (12 & 8), RW Myriam Croussette (10 & 10), LW Danielle Ward (7 & 11), D Ashley Norum (1 & 10), D Kayla Kaluzny (3 & 6), G Brittany Ott (7-10-3, 2.58 goals-against average, .920 save percentage);  UConn — RW Taylor Gross (10 & 7), C Jennifer Chaisson (5 & 10), RW Kelly Horan (5 & 8), D Sami Evelyn (3 & 8), LW Alexandra Vakos (2 & 8), D Rebecca Hewett (2 & 8), G Alexandra Garcia (7-12-1, 2.81, .914)

Outlook: UConn is 12-0-1 in its last 13 meetings with Maine. The Huskies are riding a three-game winning streak while Maine has lost three straight. UConn has scored two goals or less in eight of its last nine games. Maine has scored two or less in six of its last seven. Maine coach Maria Lewis called UConn a “scrappy, hard-working team” that is also “opportunistic and disciplined.” Garcia is coming off back-to-back shutout wins over Vermont (2-0, 1-0) in which she made 56 saves. UConn mustered only 31 shots in the two victories. Lewis feels her Black Bears are going to have to “match or exceed” UConn’s intensity. Maine has outscored its opponents 29-19 in the third period while UConn has been outscored 33-13 over the final 20 minutes. But the Huskies’ best period has been the first (17-15) and that has been Maine’s worst period (15-22). Maine will be without defenseman Madelene Eriksson (concussion).

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