NO. 11 MAINE vs. NO. 16 BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Time, site: Friday, Saturday, 7 p.m., Alfond Arena, Orono
Records: Maine 11-6-5 (8-4-3 Hockey East); Boston University 11-7-6 (8-5-4 HE)
Series, last meeting: BU leads 54-45-12, 2-2 tie on Nov. 6
Key players: Maine — RW Gustav Nyquist (6 goals, 22 assists), LW Spencer Abbott (12 & 14), LW Brian Flynn (13 & 7), D Will O’Neill (1 & 9), D Jeff Dimmen (3 & 5), G Shawn Sirman (3-0-3, 2.38 goals-against average, .912 save percentage), G Martin Ouellette (3-2-1, 2.73, .884); BU — RW Alex Chiasson (8 & 14), C Charlie Coyle (7 & 13), LW Chris Connolly (8 & 10), D David Warsofsky (6 & 12), C Sahir Gill (4 & 12), RW Joe Pereira (10 & 5), G Kieran Millan (8-5-6, 2.85, .913)
Outlook: Maine snapped a six-game (0-5-1) Alfond Arena winless streak against BU with a 3-2 win on Nov. 8, 2009. Maine is currently sporting a three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1) while BU is 3-2-1 in its last six but is coming off a 2-1 win at New Hampshire that snapped UNH’s 27-game home unbeaten streak in Hockey East play. The dynamic Warsofsky, a junior, is the only regular defenseman who isn’t a freshman or a sophomore. The teams are similar in many ways. Both have highly skilled forwards who like to play an up-tempo style of game. They force turnovers and are dangerous in transition. They each have a couple of creative offensive defensemen. The Terriers have an edge in goal with junior Millan, who has 53 career wins and an NCAA championship to his credit. Connolly has scored six of his 28 career goals against Maine. Maine G Dan Sullivan is still out (knee) with C Klas Leidermark (knee), winger Adam Shemansky (concussion), defenseman Nick Pryor (concussion) and C Kelen Corkum (hip) also sidelined.