Preview: UNH men’s hockey at Maine

Posted March 02, 2012, at 5:38 p.m.

NO. 10 MAINE vs. NEW HAMPSHIRE

Time, site: Saturday, 4 p.m., Alfond Arena, Orono

Records: Maine 19-11-3 (14-10-2 Hockey East), New Hampshire 14-16-3 (11-13-2 HE)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 57-49-5, Maine 5-4 (OT) on Jan. 7

Key players: Maine — LW Spencer Abbott (19 goals, 37 assists), C Brian Flynn (17 & 28), RW Joey Diamond (22 & 19), RW Matt Mangene (14 & 16), D Will O’Neill (1 & 26), D Ryan Hegarty (2 & 11), G Dan Sullivan (18-8-3, 2.65 goals-against average, .905 save percentage); UNH — RW Stevie Moses (21 & 13), LW Nick Sorkin (8 & 25), C Kevin Goumas (8 & 23), LW Grayson Downing (9 & 12), D Trevor van Riemsdyk (4 & 14), D Connor Hardowa (5 & 9), G Casey DeSmith (8-7-1, 2.28, .926)

Outlook: UNH is 5-2-1 in its last eight but won’t earn a home-ice berth for the quarterfinals for the first time since the 1995-96 season. UNH is 15-6 in the last 21 meetings between the archrivals. Freshman DeSmith has been a nice revelation and will probably be making his Alfond Arena debut although Matt DiGirolamo, who lost his job to DeSmith, is 4-0 against Maine. The Wildcats are quick and very good in transition. Maine has to manage the puck well, particularly in the neutral zone, to avoid fueling UNH’s transition. Goumas has eight points (4 & 4) in five career games against Maine. Moses has a team-high nine points in 11 games. Flynn, O’Neill and Abbott each have 10 points against UNH. Maine has the nation’s best power play (28.2 percent efficiency) but UNH averages just 10.1 penalty minutes per game which is 57th among 58 teams.

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