MAINE vs. NEW HAMPSHIRE, BOSTON COLLEGE
Time, site: Saturday, noon, vs. UNH; Sunday, noon, vs. BC, Alfond Arena, Orono
Records: Maine 1-3, UNH 4-0, BC 2-0
Series, last meeting: Maine leads BC 11-8-4, BC 3-2 on 2/26/06; UNH leads Maine 21-0-4, UNH 6-0 on 3/4/06
Key players: Maine – RW Taryn Peacock (3 goals, 2 assists), LW Vanessa Vani (2 & 3), LW Sonia Corriveau (1 & 1), D Kelly Law (1 & 1), C Robyn Law (1 & 1), G Genevieve Turgeon (1-3, 5.00 GAA, .890 save pct.); New Hampshire – RW Sam Faber (5 & 4), D Martine Garland (2 & 5), D Kacey Bellamy (4 & 1), C Sadie Wright-Ward (1 & 4), LW Jennifer Hitchcock (1 & 3), G Melissa Bourdon (3-0, 2.60, .840); BC – LW Meghan Fardelmann (3 & 0), C Anna McDonald (1 & 2), D Maggie Taverna (0 & 3), RW Becky Zavisza (1 & 1), C Lindsay Wright (1 & 0), G Molly Schaus (2-0, 0.50, .976)
Outlook: New Hampshire is the No. 2 team in the country and is coming off a 6-5 overtime win over a Minnesota team that ousted the Wildcats from the NCAA Tournament Frozen Four last season. Bellamy is the younger sister of University of Maine men’s team right winger Rob Bellamy. The Wildcats have tons of firepower, so the Bears can’t afford to take any penalties, and they’ll have to do a good job clearing the net front and lifting sticks so UNH doesn’t generate many second shots. The Hitchcock-Wright-Ward-Faber line has been outstanding, but the Micaela Long-Nicole Hekle-Leah Craig line is also dangerous. The Vani-Robyn Law-Peacock line has been Maine’s best so far, and Turgeon has been strong despite her statistics. Boston College is ranked 10th in the nation but hasn’t played as tough a schedule as Maine or UNH. BC doesn’t play until Sunday.