Goalie battle featured in Maine-Northeastern matchup

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 09, 2012, at 4:25 p.m.

Florence Schelling is a 5-foot-8 Swiss Olympian who has the nation’s second-best save percentage (.944) and fourth-best goals-against average (1.58).

Brittany Ott is a 5-3 native of St. Claire Shores, Mich., who has a 1.48 GAA and a .949 save percentage over her last 10 starts. Ott is 16th in the country in GAA (2.19) and save percentage (.924).

Northeastern University senior Schelling and University of Maine junior Ott will square off in an intriguing goaltending duel on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Boston in a series with major Hockey East playoff implications.

Maine is 15-8-6 overall and 9-6-2 in Hockey East while NU, ranked seventh in the country, is 19-6-3 and 12-3-2.

They have squared off six times and Schelling holds a 3-1-2 edge.

Schelling has a 1.30 GAA and a .948 save percentage against Maine when Ott has opposed her and Ott has a 1.62 GAA and a .946 save percentage against Schelling.

Overall, Schelling is 5-2-2 with a 1.53 GAA and a .942 save percentage against Maine.

“She’s a great goaltender. I’m definitely looking forward to the head-to-head battle with her,” said Ott. “We’ve been doing well lately. I’m ready for the challenge.

Our team is coming together. We’re doing a lot better than we have in the past and I credit that to our good defensive zone play. Our penalty-killers have done a tremendous job as well,” said Ott. “I’m playing with more confidence and the team is playing with more confidence and we feed off each other. I’ve worked a lot this season on coming out to challenge the shooters more and improving my lateral movement.”

Maine coach Maria Lewis said, “Schelling is a fantastic goalie and I’d like to think ours is as well. Both teams have something to play for. Northeastern would like to win the Hockey East regular season title and we’d like to finish in the top four so we could host a first-round playoff game.”

Lewis said Ott is “finding her groove. She is really confident right now.”

With four games left, five teams are vying for the top four spots. The top two teams earn a first-round bye into the league semifinals in Hyannis, Mass., and the third- and fourth-place teams host quarterfinal round games against the sixth- and fifth-place teams, respectively.

NU has 26 points to lead the conference. BC is second with 24; BU and Maine have 20 and Providence has 19.

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/02/09/sports/umaine-sports/goalie-battle-featured-in-maine-northeastern-matchup/ printed on July 25, 2014