Preview: Maine men’s hockey at Providence, UMass Lowell

Posted Feb. 09, 2012, at 8:35 p.m.

No. 12 MAINE vs. PROVIDENCE COLLEGE

Time, site: 7 p.m. Friday, Schneider Arena, Providence, R.I.

Records: Maine 16-8-3 (11-7-2 Hockey East); Providence 10-14-2 (8-10-1 HE)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 64-37-6, Maine 3-1 on Oct. 29, 2011

Key players: Maine — LW Spencer Abbott (15 goals, 32 assists), C Brian Flynn (14 & 25), RW Joey Diamond (17 & 13), D Will O’Neill (1 & 23), RW Matt Mangene (11 & 11), C Kyle Beattie (3 & 18), G Dan Sullivan (15-5-3, 2.71 goals-against average, .903 save percentage); Providence — C Russ Mauermann (8 & 12), C Derek Army (8 & 8), C Tim Schaller (11 & 4), LW Matt Bergland (3 & 12), LW Stefan Demopoulos (7 & 6), D Myles Harvey (6 & 7), G Alex Beaudry (9-13-2, 3.01, .893)

Outlook: The two teams have been going in opposite directions. The Bears will be gunning for their seventh straight win while the Friars have lost three in a row and five of their last six. Providence’s main problem has been scoring goals. The Friars have scored only 12 goals in their last eight games and five came in a 5-2 win over Vermont on Jan. 15. But Providence is dangerous and has some impressive wins: two over Merrimack and one apiece over Boston University and UMass Lowell. Senior goalie Beaudry is capable of stealing a win and has a career save percentage of .902 over 105 games. Maine is 4-1-2 in its last seven Hockey East road games. Maine has the nation’s second-best power play (29.6 percent) while PC has struggled on the penalty kill (79.9 percent).

No. 12 MAINE vs. No. 7 UMASS LOWELL

Time, site: 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Tsongas Arena, Lowell, Mass.

Records (entering Friday games): Maine 16-8-3 (11-7-2 Hockey East), UML 18-7, 13-6)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 74-31-3, UML 4-3 on Nov. 12, 2011

Key players: Maine — LW Spencer Abbott (15 goals, 32 assists), C Brian Flynn (14 & 25), RW Joey Diamond (17 & 13), D Will O’Neill (1 & 23), RW Matt Mangene (11 & 11), C Kyle Beattie (3 & 18), G Dan Sullivan (15-5-3, 2.71 goals-against average, .903 save percentage); UMass Lowell — LW Scott Wilson (13 & 13), C Riley Wetmore (8 & 17), RW Derek Arnold (13 & 10), LW David Vallorani (9 & 13), C Matt Ferreira (8 & 14), D Chad Ruhwedel (3 & 17), G Doug Carr (17-4, 1.88, .932)

Outlook: The top three scorers for each team are linemates. These were two of the hottest teams in the country entering the weekend. The River Hawks have been the model of consistency as they took a four-game winning streak and six wins in their last seven games into Friday night’s game against Merrimack. They were 13-4 over their last 17 while Maine was 13-2-2 and winner of six straight entering Friday night’s game at Providence. UML’s three losses in that span were by one goal. Abbott is the nation’s leading scorer while Carr has the country’s best winning percentage (.810) and Wilson’s 1.08 points per game leads all freshmen. Maine will seek to avenge a pair of November home losses. These are the nation’s third- and fourth-highest scoring teams at 3.56 goals per game. UML is percentage points higher. The River Hawks entered Friday’s game with a 9-1 home record, 8-1 in Hockey East play. Flynn has 10 goals and 12 assists in 14 career games against UMass Lowell.

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