Coach Whitehead: UMaine men’s hockey must play well at net front, get shots on goal, block shots against Merrimack

Posted Jan. 17, 2013, at 5:05 p.m.

Men’s College Hockey

MAINE vs. MERRIMACK

Time, site: Friday, Saturday, 7 p.m., Alfond Arena, Orono

Records: Maine 5-13-3 (1-8-3 Hockey East), Merrimack 8-9-4 (6-5-1 HE)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 62-18-7, Merrimack 6-0 on 1/12/13

Key players: Maine — RW Connor Leen (5 goals, 5 assists), LW Devin Shore (2 & 7), RW Joey Diamond (4 & 3), C Kyle Beattie (2 & 5), D Mike Cornell (2 & 5), D Ben Hutton (2 & 5), G Martin Ouellette (3-6-3, 2.29 goals-against average, .916 save percentage); Merrimack — LW Mike Collins (11 & 13), RW Connor Toomey (3 & 9), D Brendan Ellis (3 & 8), RW Josh Myers (4 & 6), D Jordan Heywood (4 & 6), C Rhett Bly (4 & 5), G Sam Marotta ( 5-4-2, 2.15, .924), G Rasmus Tirronen (3-5-2, 2.58, .905)

Coach Tim Whitehead’s keys to the game: “We’ve got play well at both net fronts. We’ve got to get shots through to the net and we have to block shots ourselves.”

Game notes: Merrimack’s Collins has 19 points (6 & 13) in 12 HE games, including 2&1 in Merrimack’s win over Maine. Maine is 11-2-2 vs. Merrimack in the last 15 meetings at Alfond Arena but they split four games a year ago. Those were Merrimack’s first wins at Alfond Arena since 1997. Maine is winless in its last three (0-2-1) after putting together a three-game win streak.

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