Smart play, simple offense keys for Maine, according to coach Whitehead

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 27, 2012, at 3:46 p.m.

Men’s Hockey

Florida College Classic

MAINE vs. MINNESOTA-DULUTH

Time, site: Friday, 7:30 p.m., Germain Arena, Estero, Fla.

Records:Maine 2-11-2, Minnesota-Duluth 7-8-3

Series, last meeting: UMD leads 6-3, UMD 5-2 on 3/24/12

Key players: Maine — LW Devin Shore (1 goal, 6 assists), RW Joey Diamond (3 & 3), D Ben Hutton (2 & 4), RW Connor Leen (3 & 2), LW Mark Anthoine (1 & 2), D Jake Rutt (1 & 0), G Martin Ouellette (1-5-2, 2.23 goals-against average, .915 save percentage); UMD — LW Mike Seidel (11 & 8), C Tony Cameranesi (8 & 11), LW Austin Farley (7 & 9), D Wade Bergman (1 & 12), D Andy Welinski (2 & 9), C Caleb Hebert (3 & 7), G Matt McNeely (5-4-1, 2.47, .899)

Maine coach Tim Whitehead’s keys to the game: “We have to have good puck management. All the teams are going to be rusty. We’ve got to stay out of the penalty box and we’ve got to keep things simple offensively.”

Game notes: Freshman McNeely verbally committed to Maine, but the Burnsville, Minn., goaltender changed his mind because he wanted to stay closer to home. UMD is 4-1-1 in its last six. Seidel has more power-play goals (6) than the entire Maine team (5). The Bulldogs, NCAA champs two years ago, lost four of their top five scorers off last year’s NCAA quarterfinal team.

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