Coach Whitehead: Maine needs to defend between the faceoff dots against UNH

Posted March 07, 2013, at 5:12 p.m.

Men’s college hockey

MAINE vs. No. 4 NEW HAMPSHIRE

Time, site: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 4 p.m.

Records:Maine 10-17-7 (6-12-7 Hockey East); UNH 18-8-6 (13-7-5)

Series, last meeting: Maine 58-50-5, UNH 4-0 on Nov. 4, 2012

Key players: Maine — RW Joey Diamond (12 goals, 10 assists), C Devin Shore (3 & 18), D Ben Hutton (4 & 9), LW Ryan Lomberg (7 & 5), C Steven Swavely (5 & 7), D Mike Cornell (3 & 6), G Martin Ouellette (8-10-7, 2.30 goals-against average, .919 save percentage); UNH — C Kevin Goumas ( 10 & 27), C Grayson Downing (12 & 13), D Trevor van Riemsdyk ( 7 & 18), RW John Henrion (13 & 9), RW Austin Block (13 & 7), D Eric Knodel (8 & 8), G Casey DeSmith (17-6-6, 2.12, .928)

Coach Tim Whitehead’s keys to the game: “Number one, we have to defend between the faceoff dots. They use the width of the ice really well and we can’t afford to get stretched out. We’ve got to stay out of the penalty box. We can’t give them more than three power plays [per game]. And we have to get traffic in front of DeSmith. He’s having a real good year, so we’ve got to get to the netfront so he can’t get a clear look at our shots.”

Game notes: UNH has won the last nine meetings at the Whittemore Center. Goumas has 4 & 5 in 7 career games vs. Maine. Both power plays have been prolific of late. UNH has at least one power-play goal in five straight games (7-for-28) and Maine is 9-for-31 over its last six games. UNH hasn’t allowed a power-play goal in its last four games. Maine has averaged 37 shots on goal over its last six games. UNH is unbeaten in its last five (2-0-3). UNH has held opponents to one goal or less 11 times.

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