MAINE vs. QUINNIPIAC
Time, site: Friday, Saturday, 7 p.m., Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena, Hamden, Conn.
Records: UMaine 6-7-1; Quinnipiac 6-8-2
Series, last meeting: UMaine 5-4-1, Quinnipiac 3-2 (OT) on Oct. 15, 2016
Key players: Maine — LW Mitch Fossier (5 goals, 6 assists), RW Eduards Tralmaks (5 & 4), C Tim Doherty (4 & 5), C Chase Pearson (0 & 9), D Patrick Holway (3 & 5), D Rob Michel (3 & 5), G Jeremy Swayman (5-3-1, 2.38 goals-against average, .925 save percentage); Quinnipiac — LW Odeen Tufto (3 & 13), C Tanner MacMaster (5 & 7), D Chase Priskie (5 & 6), RW Landon Smith (5 & 3), D Karlis Cukste (2 & 6), C Craig Martin (3 & 4), G Andrew Shortridge (5-6-2, 1.98, .921)
Game notes: The Black Bears enter the weekend with a three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1). Quinnipiac is 1-3-1 in its last five games including a 0-0 tie with Dartmouth last Saturday in which the Bobcats outshot the Big Green 43-27. The Bobcats had a string of four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including two national championship games, snapped last season although they still went 23-15-2. They are 132-49-24 over the last five seasons. Tufto is second in the nation among freshmen in points and points per game (1.00). UMaine will regain the services of senior defenseman and co-captain Mark Hamilton, who missed the last four games with an undisclosed injury. He is among the nation’s top shot blockers. Freshman defenseman Alexis Binner will miss Friday’s game due to a one-game suspension levied by Hockey East for his role in a skirmish in Saturday’s game vs. Vermont. Vermont’s Derek Lodermeier was also suspended for a game. UMaine’s 69.1 percent penalty-kill is the worst among the nation’s 60 Division I programs and the Black Bears have given up at least one power play goal in eight of their last nine games.
MAINE vs. DARTMOUTH
Time, site: Friday, 7 p.m.; Cross Insurance Center, Bangor
Records: UMaine 2-7, Dartmouth 2-4
Series, last meeting: Dartmouth 12-11, UMaine 73-68 on 12/10/16
Key players: UMaine — 5-11 G Aaron Calixte (15.6 points, 2.6 assists, 3.3 rebounds per game), 6-6 G Ilker Er (10.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg), 6-7 F Andrew Fleming (9.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg), 6-5 G Vernon Lowndes Jr. (6.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg); Dartmouth — 6-2 G Brendan Barry (12.8 ppg, 3.0 apg), 6-7 F Chris Knight (12.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg), 6-2 G Miles Wright (12.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg), 6-4 G Taylor Johnson (10.0 ppg, 3.7 apg)
Game notes: UMaine seeks the third win in its last five games during the second game of its current three-game homestand. … The Black Bears ended a four-game losing streak to the Big Green last December, scoring six unanswered points in the final minute for the come-from-behind victory. … This looms as another close battle if results against common opponents so far this season are any indication. UMaine lost 69-68 in overtime to Sacred Heart on Nov. 19, then held on to defeat Quinnipiac 78-72 on Nov. 26, while Dartmouth opened its season with a 78-77 loss at Quinnipiac on Nov. 11 and fell at Sacred Heart 79-73 in its most recent game on Tuesday night. … UMaine must continue to address its ball-possession concerns after recording 18 turnovers during its 75-55 victory over Division III UMaine-Presque Isle on Tuesday. … Calixte, with 15 points against UMPI, now has led UMaine in scoring in five of the team’s last seven games. … The Black Bears hope to have sophomore guard Danny Evans back in the rotation after he missed the UMPI game with an ankle injury.