MAINE vs. NEW BRUNSWICK
Time, site: Sunday (exhib.), 4 p.m., Alfond Arena, Orono
Records: Maine 0-0, New Brunswick 4-0 (entering Saturday game at New Hampshire)
Series, last meeting: Maine leads 13-3-1, Maine 4-1 on 1/19/10
Key players: Maine (last year’s stats) — LW Spencer Abbott (17 goals, 23 assists), LW Brian Flynn (20 & 16), RW Joey Diamond (11 & 10), D Will O’Neill (4 & 17), D Matt Mangene (3 & 7), G Dan Sullivan (10-7-2, 2.73 GAA, .890 save percentage), G Martin Ouellette (3-3-2, 3.18, .862); UNB (last year’s conference stats) — C Chris Culligan (13 & 25), LW Nick MacNeil (9 & 8), D Josh Kidd (4 & 12), LW Luke Gallant (6 & 9), D Ben Wright (3 & 11), D Bretton Stamler (1 & 13), G Travis Fullerton (15-4, 1.60, .928)
Outlook: The Varsity Reds have won three of the last five Canadian university national championships, including last year. UNB lost four of his top five point-getters from 2010-11, but added top-notch newcomers including Antoine Houde-Caron, who was the Lewiston Maineiacs’ (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) Unsung Hero last season, and Thomas Nesbitt and Tyler Carroll, who had 32 and 23 goals, respectively, in the Ontario (Major Junior) Hockey League. New goalie Daniel LaCosta has an NHL shutout to his credit (Columbus). The Varsity Reds have plenty of players with pro experience. Maine will look for improvement from its two goaltenders, who had their ups and downs as freshmen. UNB was 42-9 a year ago, including 4-1 against Hockey East and ECAC teams. Minor injuries will sideline Maine junior center Kyle Beattie (lower body) and sophomore wing-center Jon Swavely (upper body).