Maine Hockey Journal

Opportunity for Maine to gain ground on Boston Univ.

The University of Maine men’s ice hockey team dropped in the polls this week to the No. 12 spot in the USCHO.com poll after playing Northeastern to a 3-3 draw last weekend.

Maine will play host to the No. 16 Boston University at Alfond Arena on Friday and Saturday.

BU lost their first game spilt last weekend, falling to Boston College 3-2, but then managed to come back on the road against UNH 2-1. The Terriers have an overall record 11-7-6 (8-5-4 in Hockey East) for 20 point and sit in third place in the Hockey East standings.

The Black Bears are in fourth place, a point behind BU, in the Hockey East standings with an 11-6-5 record overall (8-4-3 in the Hockey East).

Maine will have to deal with Terrier’s leading scorer Alex Chiasson, who has racked up 22 points (8G, 14A) already this season. Chiasson, a sophomore, will be one of many young players for the Terriers that the Black Bears will have to defend against. Charlie Coyle a freshman from East Weymouth, Mass comes into the game with 20 points (7G, 14A) this season.

The Terriers top scoring defensemen is junior David Warsofsky, who has 18 points (6G, 12A), and will anchor the defensive squad that will try and put a cap on the high scoring Black Bear offense.

In goal, Kieran Millan has started in 21 games this season with an 8-5-6 record and a 2.85GAA and a .913 save percentage. Grant Rollheiser, who may also see some time between the pipes, has played in five games this season earning a .885 save percentage and a 3.98GAA, recording of 3-2-2.

Gustav Nyquist is currently riding a nine game points streak for the Black Bears and is currently sixth in scoring in Hockey East with six goals, 22 assists for 28 points. Spencer Abbott continues his highly productive season coming in right behind Nyquist in the Hockey East statistics with 12 goals, 14 assists for 26 points.

Maine will be counting on Brian Flynn to continue his productive ways with six total points over the last three games.

Maine biggest names have been making their presents known lately with Jeff Dimmen, Will O’Neill, Tanner House and Robby Dee all contributing over the past few games.

Shawn Sirman has been playing well in net for the Black Bears as of late, but the decision as to who will play will get the start will be made the night before the game.

All three goalies have played extremely well in games.

Martin Ouellette may also get the start. He didn’t have his best performance of the season the last time out against Providence. The freshman has taken huge strides and continues to show why his maybe the future of the Black Bears in goal.

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