MAINE vs. No. 2 MASSACHUSETTS
Time, site: 8 p.m. Saturday, Mullins Center, Amherst, Massachusetts
Records: UMaine 14-14-4 (10-8-4 Hockey East), UMass 25-7-0 (17-5-0)
Series, last meeting: UMaine leads 57-21-9, UMaine 4-3 on 1/26/19
Key players, Maine: LW Mitch Fossier (7 goals, 27 assists), C Chase Pearson (15 & 12), D Brady Keeper (5 & 13), RW Eduards Tralmaks (8 & 9), C Tim Doherty (8 & 8), D Rob Michel (3 & 6), G Jeremy Swayman (14-4-4, 2.69 goals-against average, .922 save percentage); UMass: D Cale Makar (13 & 26), LW Jacob Pritchard (14 & 24), RW Mitchell Chaffee (15 & 21), RW John Leonard (13 & 21), D Marc Del Gaizo (11 & 12), LW Bobby Trivigno (8 & 12), G Matt Murray (20-5-0, 1.99, .924)
Game notes: The Minutemen clinched their first Hockey East regular-season championship with Thursday’s 4-2 victory at Merrimack. The Black Bears haven’t played since last weekend’s sweep of Boston College. UMaine is 4-0-1 in its past five games and still has a remote chance to sneak into fourth place, which would mean home ice for the league quarterfinals. UMaine must beat UMass and Boston University next weekend, and get a lot of help to do so. Swayman has a .956 save percentage in his past six starts. First-round draft pick Makar is eighth in the country in points per game and is third among defensemen (1.22). The Mullins Center is wider than UMaine’s Alfond Arena, so the Black Bears must make the necessary adjustments. UMaine will have to finish its checks, try to limit Makar’s influence and stay out of the penalty box because UMass has the nation’s No. 2 power play-percentage (.298).
MAINE vs. BINGHAMTON
Time, site: 11 a.m. Saturday, Cross Insurance Center, Bangor
Records: UMaine 5-24 (3-11 America East), Binghamton 8-21 (4-10)
Series, last meeting: UMaine leads 19-18, Binghamton on 1/26/2019
Key players, UMaine: 6-5 G Isaiah White (13.7 points per game), 6-4 G Sergio El Darwich (10.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg), 6-8 C Vincent Eze (6.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg); Binghamton: 6-0 G Sam Sessoms (18.7 ppg, 3.2 apg), 6-9 F Caleb Stewart (11.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.7 blocks), 6-3 G J.C. Show (10.7 ppg), 6-4 F Chancellor Barnard (7.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg)
Game notes: A win in this Senior Day game or a loss by ninth-place New Hampshire against Maryland, Baltimore County would clinch an AE tournament berth for UMaine and would tie the Black Bears for seventh place with Binghamton with one game left in the regular season. A UMaine loss and a UNH upset of UMBC would leave both teams at 3-12 in America East. UMaine’s regular-season finale at UNH on Tuesday would then determine which of those teams would advance to postseason play. If UMaine and UNH finish with the same conference record, Maine holds the tiebreakers with more AE road wins and a higher RPI. Binghamton hosts sixth-place Albany in its final regular season game Tuesday. UMaine will honor seniors Celio Araujo, Dennis Ashley, Vincent Eze and Ilija Stojiljkovic before the game. Those players have combined to play in 302 games with 127 starts and amass 1,074 points, 790 rebounds and 459 assists. UMaine holds the longest active losing streak in the conference at six after a 70-61 loss to UMass Lowell on Wednesday. Binghamton has lost two straight, most recently a 96-76 decision to Hartford on Wednesday.
MAINE vs. BINGHAMTON
Time, site: noon Saturday, Events Center, Vestal, New York
Records: UMaine 21-7 (14-1 America East), Binghamton 12-16 (7-8)
Series, last meeting: UMaine leads 23-14, UMaine 95-66 on 1/27/19
Key players, Maine: 6-1 G Blanca Millan (17.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.9 steals, 2.1 assists, 1.5 blocked shots per game), 5-10 G Tanesha Sutton (14.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.7 spg), 5-8 G Parise Rossignol (11.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg), 5-6 G Dor Saar (8.8 ppg, 5 apg), 6-2 F Fanny Wadling (6.2 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 3 apg), 5-11 F Maeve Carroll (3 ppg, 4 rpg); Binghamton: 5-9 F Rebecca Carmody (12.9 ppg, 8 rpg), 5-6 G Kai Moon (12.8 ppg), 6-1 G Carly Boland (9.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.7 apg), 6-2 F Olivia Ramil (5.9 ppg), 6-3 Kaylee Wasco (4.9 ppg), 6-0 G-F Karlee Krchnavi (4.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg)
Game notes: UMaine is shooting for its 11th consecutive win and looking to claim the America East title outright. But if UMaine loses and Hartford wins at Albany, and they wind up tied for the league title, UMaine will be the top seed thanks to a superior Rating Percentage Index. UMaine has won 12 of the past 14 meetings with the Bearcats. Sutton is coming off consecutive double-doubles. Millan had 29 points in UMaine’s win over Binghamton earlier this season. UMaine is averaging 9.1 3-pointers and 71.1 points per game during the 10-game winning streak. Binghamton had a three-game winning streak snapped by Hartford on Wednesday 63-50. Binghamton has a decided height advantage and is second in the league in rebounding, averaging 37.8 per game. But the Bearcats have turned the ball over 18 times per game, the most in the league. UMaine’s 11.4 turnovers per game rank it seventh in the country.