Men’s college hockey
MAINE vs. No. 2 MASSACHUSETTS
Time, site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday, Alfond Arena, Orono
Records: UMaine 8-11-3 (4-5-3 Hockey East); UMass 18-4 (10-2)
Series, last meeting: UMaine leads 57-21-9, UMaine 3-2 on 1/27/18
Key players, Maine: C Chase Pearson (12 goals, 9 assists), LW Mitch Fossier (1 & 19), C Tim Doherty (7 & 5), RW Eduards Tralmaks (5 & 6), D Brady Keeper (2 & 8), D Rob Michel (3 & 6), G Jeremy Swayman (8-11-3, 2.99 goals-against average, .911 save percentage); UMass: LW Jacob Pritchard (10 & 18), D Cale Makar (8 & 19), RW Mitchell Chaffee (13 & 12), RW John Leonard (7 & 17), D Marc Del Gaizo (7 & 9), RW Bobby Trivigno (6 & 10), G Matt Murray (15-2, 1.67, .934)
Game notes: UMaine has won the past eight meetings and 10 of the past 11. UMass defenseman Makar was the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft by Colorado. He is a game-changer, so the Black Bears must be aware of him at all times. Makar is averaging 1.23 points per game, which ranks 10th in the country and third among defensemen. Pritchard played for UMass third-year head coach Greg Carvel at St. Lawrence before transferring to UMass. His 1.27 ppg is seventh in the country. Murray’s GAA is No. 2 in the country, and his save percentage is fourth best. Eleven of UMass’ top 13 point-getters are sophomores or freshmen. UMass ranks third in scoring (3.82 gpg), is tied for third in goals allowed (1.86), and has the nation’s No. 2 power-play percentage (31.4) and No. 4 penalty-killing percentage (88.4). The Minutemen’s top three lines have scored 23, 21 and 16 goals, respectively. UMass was ranked No. 1 in the country for the first time in school history Dec. 3. UMaine must be physical without taking penalties, and must sustain its forecheck and not turn the puck over.