Coach Whitehead: Maine must shut down Northeastern’s top 5 forwards

Posted Feb. 28, 2013, at 7:58 p.m.

Men’s Hockey


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

Records: Maine 9-17-6 (5-12-6 Hockey East), Northeastern 9-18-3 (5-15-3)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 52-41-17, 1-1 tie on Jan. 11

Key players: Maine — C Devin Shore (3 goals, 17 assists), RW Joey Diamond (12 & 7), C Steven Swavely (4 & 7), D Ben Hutton (3 & 8), RW Ryan Lomberg (6 & 4), D Jake Rutt (3 & 6), G Martin Ouellette (7-10-6, 2.29 goals-against average, .919 save percentage); Northeastern — LW Kevin Roy (17 & 17), RW Vinny Saponari (6 & 19), C Cody Ferriero (10 & 12), C Braden Pimm (6 & 10), LW Robbie Vrolyk (8 & 3), D Josh Manson (3 & 4), G Chris Rawlings (8-11-1, 3.01, .908)

Coach Tim Whitehead’s keys — “We’ve got to shut down their top five (forwards). We’ve got to defend against the second wave of attack. Their defensemen like to jump into the play. And we’ve got to stay disciplined when it comes to not taking penalties and sticking to the game plan.”

Notes: Maine has won the last four meetings at Alfond Arena. Hockey East Rookie of the Year front-runner Roy is questionable because of an upper body injury and senior center and fifth-leading scorer Garrett Vermeersch is out because of injury and suspension for violating team rules. Manson has scored a goal in each of his last three games. Shore (1 & 6) and Rutt (1 & 4) each have four-game point streaks. Maine has scored at least one power-play goal in its last four games (6-for-21). Northeastern has lost five of its last six. The Huskies have a better road record (4-8-0) than home record ( 4-9-3). Six of Ferriero’s 10 goals have come on the power play.

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