Maine needs second shots at net front vs. Vermont, Whitehead says

Posted Feb. 08, 2013, at 4:03 p.m.

College Hockey

MAINE vs. VERMONT

Time, site: Saturday, 7 p.m., Gutterson Fieldhouse, Burlington, Vt.

Records: Maine 8-14-5 (4-9-5 Hockey East), Vermont 7-14-4 ( 4-10-4)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 20-15-4, 2-2 tie on Dec. 1, 2012

Key players: Maine — RW Joey Diamond (10 goals, 5 assists), C Devin Shore (2 & 11), LW Connor Leen (7 & 5), RW Ryan Lomberg (5 & 3), D Mike Cornell (2 & 6), D Ben Hutton (2 & 5), G Martin Ouellette (6-7-5, 2.11 goals-against average, .925 save percentage); Vermont — RW Chris McCarthy (6 & 12), C Jacob Fallon (7 & 10), LW Kyle Reynolds (6 & 7), C Matt White (3 & 6), D Nick Luukko (3 & 6), D Yvan Pattyn (3 & 3), G Brody Hoffman (7-14-4, 3.00, .902)

Coach Tim Whitehead’s keys — “We’ve got to protect our net front. They throw a lot of pucks to the net. We’ve got to get second shots at their net front. They do a good job defending those. And special teams could be the difference.”

Notes: Hutton is expected to return to the lineup after missing four games with an upper body injury and that should give the Bears and their power play a lift. Hoffman made 67 saves in UVM’s 2-1 win and 2-2 tie in Orono earlier this season. Maine is 4-0-1 in its last five trips to Burlington. Diamond is 7 & 2 in nine career games against UVM and LW Adam Shemansky has 3 & 5 in nine games. Vermont snapped a four-game Gutterson losing streak with a 3-2 win over UMass on Jan. 26.

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