MAINE vs. UMASS LOWELL
Time, site: Friday, 7 p.m., Saturday, 7:30; Alfond Arena, Orono, Maine Records: UMaine 2-3-1, (0-1-1 Hockey East); UML 3-3-0 (0-1-0)
Series, last meeting: UMaine leads 80-41-4, UMaine 6-2 on 11/4/17
Key players, Maine: C Chase Pearson (3 goals, 2 assists), RW Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup (3 & 2), LW Mitch Fossier (0 & 5), D Rob Michel (2 & 2), C Tim Doherty (3 & 0), D Brady Keeper (1 & 2), G Jeremy Swayman (2-3-1, 3.33 goals-against average, .893 save percentage); UML: LW Connor Wilson (3 & 2), LW Ryan Dmowski (2 & 3), C Nick Master (2 & 2), RW Kenny Hausinger (3 & 0), D Mattias Goransson (0 & 2), G Tyler Wall (2-2, 1.50, .950), G Christoffer Hernberg (1-1, 3.48, .844)
Game notes: The River Hawks are trying to rebound from an uncharacteristic 2017-18 season in which they went 17-19 after winning at least 21 games the previous six seasons. The River Hawks won 24 or more games in five of those six years and won at least one NCAA tournament games each of those five seasons. They return their top three scorers but graduated their three leading point-getters among their defensemen — who combined for 19 goals and 57 points — have all graduated. They have only one defenseman with more than 36 games of experience. Goransson has played in 78 games. UML has the nation’s 16th best power-play percentage (24.1 percent), and UMaine is the second most penalized team in the nation (20 minutes per game). UMaine will have to stay out of the penalty box and try to capitalize on the inexperienced River Hawk defense corps. UMaine also has to get its power play (9.1 percent) untracked.
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