Maine hockey Friday capsule

Posted Feb. 24, 2011, at 10:31 p.m.

 

NO. 16 MAINE vs. NO. 4 MERRIMACK

 

Time, site: Friday, Saturday, 7 p.m., Alfond Arena, Orono

Records: Maine 14-10-6 (11-8-4 Hockey East); Merrimack 21-5-4 (15-5-3 HE)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 58-12-6, Merrimack 7-1 on Jan. 8

Key players: Maine — RW Gustav Nyquist (15 goals, 23 assists), LW Spencer Abbott (14 & 17), LW Brian Flynn (16 & 12), C Robby Dee (9 & 19), D Will O’Neill (3 & 13), D Jeff Dimmen (4 & 7), G Dan Sullivan (7-5-1, 2.55 goals-against average, .895 save percentage); Merrimack — C Stephane Da Costa (13 & 23), LW Chris Barton (13 & 21), C Joe Cucci (11 & 21), RW Jesse Todd (16 & 11), D Karl Stollery (5 & 17), D Brendan Ellis (2 & 12), G Joe Cannata (21-5-4, 2.10, .922)

Outlook: Maine has gone 19-0-2 in the last 21 Alfond Arena meetings with Merrimack. Merrimack’s last Alfond win came on Nov. 14, 1997 (5-4). It’s easy to see why the surprising Warriors are ranked number four in the country. They are in the top 10 in the nation in every major category: offense (4th, 3.73 goals per game), defense (2nd, 2.13 GAA), power play (9th, 22.1 percent) and penalty killing (5th, 87.6 percent). Da Costa has been nursing a sore knee and has missed the last three games. He is listed as questionable. Mark Dennehy’s Warriors are 6-2-2 against BC, BU, New Hampshire and Maine. They’ve won eight straight. The Black Bears are going to have to match Merrimack’s intensity and work ethic and continue to play thorough team defense. Maine has allowed just two goals over the last three games, all wins. Nyquist has nine goals in his last six games.

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