MAINE vs. NEW BRUNSWICK
Time, site: Friday, 7 p.m., Alfond Arena, Orono
Records: Maine 0-2-3, UNB 4-0
Series, last meeting: Maine leads 15-3-2; Maine 8-3 on Oct. 5, 2014
Key players: Maine — RW Blaine Byron (1 goal, 2 assists), D Eric Schurhamer (0 & 3), C Cam Brown (1 & 1), LW Brian Morgan (2 & 0), RW Will Merchant (1 & 0), G Rob McGovern (0-0-2, 0.93 goals-against average, .973 save percentage), G Matt Morris (0-2-1, 3.33, .912); UNB— RW Philippe Maillet (2 & 6), C Cameron Brace (4 & 3), LW Philippe Halley (0 & 6), LW Francis Beauvillier (3 & 2), D Randy Gazzola (2 & 1), D Matt Petgrave (1 & 1), G Etienne Marcoux (3-0-0, 1.92, .924)
Game notes: The Black Bears will receive a good test against perennial Canadian power UNB. Coach Gardiner MacDougall’s roster is always dotted with talented players who have had the opportunity to play pro hockey before returning to school. They play an uptempo style and, since they have several older players, they are strong on the puck and effective on the forecheck. This will be a valuable exhibition for the Black Bears because Maine coach Red Gendron needs to find some offensive punch and line combinations that have the potential to put the puck in the net. Maine has scored just five goals in its five games. Maine has won one of its last 10 games (1-6-3) dating back to last season so even though a win over UNB won’t count, it could give them some confidence. It will be the first Alfond Arena game for the Black Bear freshmen and will give the Maine fans their only chance to see the team until it hosts UMass Lowell on Sunday, Nov. 15. Maine needs to regain its work ethic after Tuesday’s underwhelming 4-0 loss at Quinnipiac.