Maine seeks to cure power-play woes in Hockey East series at Providence

Posted March 13, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

College hockey

Hockey East quarterfinals (best-of-three)

No. 19 MAINE vs. No. 9 PROVIDENCE COLLEGE

Time, site: Friday, Saturday 7 p.m.; Sunday (if necessary), 4:30 p.m., Schneider Arena, Providence, R.I.

Records: Maine 16-13-4, Providence 19-9-6

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 64-42-7, PC 3-2 on March 1

Key players: Maine — C Devin Shore (14 goals, 27 assists), D Ben Hutton (13-14), LW Connor Leen (6-17), LW Mark Anthoine (9-11), C Steve Swavely (9-10), C Cam Brown (4-15), G Martin Ouellette (15-13-4, 2.22 goals-against average, .927 save percentage); Providence — C Ross Mauermann (18-15), LW Nick Saracino (7-17), C Mark Jankowski (11-11), C Noel Acciari (11-9), RW Shane Luke (9-9), D John Gilmour (5-12), G Jon Gillies (16-7-5, 2.22, .927)

Game notes: The Black Bears will look to avenge the two home losses two weekends ago (4-2, 3-2) that dropped them to sixth in Hockey East and all but eliminated the chance for an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. The third-seeded Friars had last weekend off while Maine earned a hard-fought 2-0 first-round win over Merrimack. South Portland native Gillies is 4-0-1 with a 1.57 GAA and a .947 save percentage vs. Maine. Maine is 1-10-3 on the road, being outscored 44-26. Providence is 10-5-2 at home. Maine has to get its power play (1-for-22) untracked against a Friar penalty-killing unit that is sixth-best in the country (86.7 percent). PC’s power play is 53rd (12.9 percent) but it notched an important power-play goal in each win over Maine. The line of Acciari between Brandon Tanev and Derek Army had three goals and five assists in an impressive performance in Orono. Tanev had two goals and nine shots on goal.

 

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