Men’s College Hockey


Time, site: Friday, Saturday, 7 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst, Massachusetts

Records: Maine 5-15-6 (2-8-2 Hockey East), UMass 7-14-4 (2-9-4)

Series, last meeting: Maine leads 49-21-9, UMass 5-4 (OT) on 10/30/15

Key players: Maine — RW Blaine Byron (6 goals, 10 assists), LW Will Merchant (8 & 6), C Cam Brown (5 & 9), D Dan Renouf (5 & 7), C Steven Swavely (7 & 4), G Matt Morris (4-5-3, 3.17 goals-against average, .908 save percentage), G Rob McGovern (1-10-3, 2.79, .908); UMass — RW Shane Walsh (15 & 7), LW Ray Pigozzi (7 & 14), C Dennis Kravchenko (9 & 11), RW Austin Plevy (7 & 10), D Ben Gallacher (0 & 9), G Nic Renyard (4-10-4, 3.66, .897)

Game notes: Kravchenko’s first-period goal in a 6-4 loss to Vermont on Saturday snapped a 142-minute scoreless streak for the Minutemen. Vermont used four third-period goals to erase a 4-2 deficit. UMass has been outscored 33-9 during its six-game losing streak. UMass is 1-12-3 in its last 16 games. Maine will have to get back to basics defensively against UMass after allowing 11 goals in two losses to Boston University last weekend. The wider ice sheet at the Mullins Center will require Maine to stay between the faceoff dots when defending a rush or it could lead to high-percentage scoring chances for the Minutemen. The series has been even in recent years with Maine holding an 11-10-4 edge over the last 25 meetings. Maine is 59th among 60 teams in Division I in scoring (1.77 goals per game) but UMass is 58th in scoring defense (3.88 goals per game allowed). Maine freshmen defensemen Rob Michel and Keith Muehlbauer could return to the lineup after missing the last four and three games, respectively, due to undisclosed injuries.