Men’s College Hockey
No. 17 MAINE vs. No.6 NORTH DAKOTA
Time and site: Friday night, 8:37, Saturday night, 8:07, Engelstadt Arena, Grand Forks, N.D.
Records: Maine 1-1, North Dakota 1-1
Series, last meeting: North Dakota 11-8-1, Maine 4-2 on Oct, 23, 2010
Key players: Maine — C Brian Flynn (1 goal, 4 assists), LW Spencer Abbott (2 & 1), RW Joey Diamond (1 & 2), D Matt Mangene (0 & 1), D Will O’Neill (0 & 0), G Martin Ouellette (0-1, 2.03 goals-against average, .926 save percentage), G Dan Sullivan (1-0, 3.01, .889); North Dakota — C Corban Knight (2 & 1), LW Brock Nelson (2 & 1), RW Danny Kristo (0 & 3), D Derek Forbort (1 & 1), D Ben Blood (0 & 0), G Aaron Dell (1-1, 4.94, .800), G Brad Eidsness (0-0, 2.64, .875)
Outlook: The Fighting Sioux lost six of their top seven scorers off last year’s 32-9-3 team that lost to Michigan 2-0 in the Frozen Four semifinals. But the Sioux have plenty of talent with 15 NHL draft choices including first-round picks Forbort and Nelson and second-rounders Rocco Grimaldi and Kristo. Like Maine, which has its leading returning scorers on one line, UND has a top-heavy first line with Knight, Nelson and Kristo. Knight was the team’s second leading scorer a year ago with 44 points. Maine has won the last four meetings including a 7-3, 4-2 sweep in Orono. Maine will try to capitalize on its speed against the Sioux and will have to handle UND’s physical play. Maine will have to try to neutralize UND’s top line. The Fighting Sioux lost to Boston College 6-2 last weekend.
Women’s College hockey
No. 11 MAINE vs. BEMIDJI STATE
Time, site: Friday, 7 p.m., Saturday, 5 p.m., Alfond Arena, Orono
Records: Maine 4-0, Bemidji State 1-1-2
Series, last meeting: first meeting
Key players: Maine — RW Danielle Ward (5 & 2), LW Myriam Croussette (4 & 3), C Dawn Sullivan (2 & 5), RW Jennifer More (2 & 3), C Missy Denk (4 & 0), D Ashley Norum (0 & 1), G Brittany Ott (1-0, 2.35 goals-against average, .917 save percentage); Bemidji State — D Erika Wheelhouse (0 & 6), D Montana Vichorek (1 & 3), RW Emily Erickson (2 & 1), C Sadie Lundquist (2 & 0), D Marlee Wheelhouse (1 & 1), LW Rachael Kelly (1 & 1), G Zuzana Tomcikova (1-1-2, 2.17, .922)
Outlook: Erickson and Lundquist were Bemidji State’s second- and third-leading scorers off last year’s 14-17-4 team and Vichorek was the fifth-leading point-getter. Erickson and Lundquist are linemates along with freshman Kelly. The Beavers, who play in the WCHA, have a win and a tie vs. Providence and a tie and loss to Ohio State. Tomcikova plays for the Slovakian National Team. Maine is coming off a pair of dramatic come-from-behind road victories over No. 9 Quinnipiac in which the Black Bears erased a pair of three-goal deficits. Linemates Ward, Croussette and Sullivan have paced the Black Bears. An interesting matchup will pit Maine’s prolific power play (6-for-18) against Bemidji State’s outstanding penalty-killing (13-of-15 ). Bemidji State RW Kristi King played at Maine before transferring.