Preview: Maine men’s hockey vs. New Hampshire

Posted Jan. 06, 2012, at 8:59 p.m.

MAINE vs. NEW HAMPSHIRE

Time, site: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Fenway Park, Boston

Records: Maine 9-7-2 (6-6-1 Hockey East), UNH 6-10-2 (4-7-1)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 56-49-5, UNH 3-2 on Nov. 5

Key players: Maine — LW Spencer Abbott (11 goals, 19 assists), C Brian Flynn (10 & 18), RW Joey Diamond (12 & 9), D Will O’Neill (1 & 15), RW Matt Mangene (4 & 9), D Ryan Hegarty (2 & 4), G Dan Sullivan (8-4-2, 2.71 goals-against average, .901 save percentage), UNH — RW Stevie Moses (11 & 9), C Nick Sorkin (6 & 14), Kevin Goumas (4 & 11), LW Grayson Downing (5 & 8), D Trevor van Riemsdyk (2 & 7), D Damon Kipp (3 & 5), G Matt Di Girolamo (6-8-1, 3.41, .883)

Outlook: Maine has won six of its last seven and three straight while UNH has dropped six of its last seven including four in a row. UNH has won the last four meetings of which three were decided by one goal. Maine has scored four or more goals in five of its last seven games and UNH is tied for 52nd in team defense, allowing 3.50 goals per game. Maine will look to exploit UNH’s defensive inadequacies but must respect UNH’s offensive abilities and play thorough team defense. The top three scorers for each team are linemates. Maine has scored at least one power-play goal in 10 straight games (19-for-54, 35.2 percent) and at least two in six of its last seven (15-for-43, 34.9 percent). Sullivan has a .938 save percentage over his last three games. UNH has been outscored 15-8 in its four-game losing streak.

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