Men’s college hockey
MAINE vs. MERRIMACK
Time, site: Friday, Saturday, 7 p.m., Alfond Arena, Orono
Records: Maine 7-19-6 (4-12-2 Hockey East), Merrimack 8-15-7 (2-9-7)
Series, last meeting: Maine leads 67-17-8, Maine 5-3 on Feb. 14, 2015
Key players: Maine — RW Blaine Byron (8 goals, 13 assists), LW Will Merchant (10 & 7), C Cam Brown (5 & 11), C Steven Swavely (8 & 7), D Dan Renouf (5 & 8), G Matt Morris (6-9-3, 3.21 goals-against average, .910 save percentage), G Rob McGovern (1-10-3, 2.75, .910); Merrimack — RW Brett Seney (6 & 16), C Brian Christie (7 & 14), C Hampus Gustafsson (7 & 12), RW Ben Bahe (7 & 11), D Jared Kolquist (2 & 10), G Collin Della (7-12-6, 2.92, .890), G Drew Vogler (1-3-1, 2.69, .897)
Game notes: Both of these teams are looking to snap out slumps. Merrimack is 2-13-5 in its last 20 games although the Warriors are coming off a 5-5 overtime tie with No. 2 Boston College. One of those wins came at the expense of first-year Division I program Arizona State. Maine has lost its last four games. Both teams struggle to score goals. Maine has been held to one goal or less in 17 games while the Warriors have scored one goal or less 11 times. The Black Bears have scored four goals in their last four games. Maine will have to continue attacking the net and trying to snap out of its scoring drought. The Black Bears will also have to get some production from its power play. Della is a sophomore and Vogler is a freshman.