MAINE vs. VERMONT
Time, site: Friday, 7:05 p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m., Gutterson Fieldhouse, Burlington, Vermont
Records: UMaine 4-7-1 (2-3-1 Hockey East); Vermont 4-6 (1-5)
Series, last meeting: Vermont leads 26-25-6, UMaine 6-2 on 12/2/17
Key players, Maine: C Chase Pearson (8 goals, 4 assists), LW Mitch Fossier (1 & 8), C Tim Doherty (5 & 1), RW Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup (3 & 3), D Rob Michel (2 & 3), D Brady Keeper (1 & 4), G Jeremy Swayman (4-7-1, 3.09 goals-against average, .906 save percentage); Vermont: C Liam Coughlin (1 & 5), RW Joey Cipollone (4 & 1), C Craig Puffer (2 & 3), D Jake Massie (2 & 3), LW Matt Alvaro (1 & 4), RW Alex Esposito (4 & 0), G Stefanos Lekkas (4-6, 2.20, .938)
Game notes: These are two of the lowest-scoring teams in college hockey. UMaine is 49th among 60 Division I schools, averaging 2.17 goals per game, but Vermont is 50th (2.10 gpg). UMaine has scored 19 goals in its past 10 games, while UVM had scored 11 goals during an eight-game span before besting Dartmouth 5-3. They also have two of the least effective power plays with UMaine converting at 12.3 percent (54th) and UVM at 9.1 percent (58th). Gutterson Fieldhouse has been a nightmarish venue for the Black Bears, who are 1-10-1 over the past 12 games there. UVM is only 1-3 at home this season. UMaine has lost four of its past five games. The Catamounts have limited teams to 2.2 goals per game to rank 13th in the country. Lekkas’ .938 save percentage ranks fifth. UMaine is the most penalized team in the nation (18.2 minutes per game), while Vermont is the least penalized (7.4 mpg). UMaine must do a better job attacking the net, screening the goalie and generating gritty goals.