MAINE vs. BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Time, site: Friday, Saturday; 7 p.m., Walter Brown Arena, Boston
Records: Maine 9-9-3 overall (6-7-2 Hockey East); BU 14-4-2 (7-3-2 HE)
Series: BU leads 29-27-4
Key players: Maine – RW Steve Kariya (14 goals, 17 assists), D David Cullen (6 & 17), RW Shawn Wansborough (10 & 10), RW Cory Larose (5 & 13), D Brian White (0 & 9), G Alfie Michaud (7-7-3 record, 3.76 goals-against average, .877 save percentage); BU – C Chris Drury (13 & 12), RW Mike Sylvia (11 & 11), D Tom Poti (5 & 17), LW Tommi Degerman (7 & 9), D Jeff Kealty (5 & 9), G Tommy Noble (7-3-1, 1.85, .922)
Outlook: Both teams are mired in scoring slumps. Maine has scored only one goal in its last three games while BU has scored just seven in its last four games. Degerman returns to the lineup after missing three games with a separated shoulder. Senior Drury hasn’t scored a goal in his last four games, his longest drought since his freshman year. His next goal gives him the school career record (99). Maine is just 1-4-3 in its last eight games at Brown Arena. BU beat Maine 6-0 in Orono on Nov. 8. Michaud is 3-1 with a 2.03 GAA and a .915 save percentage vs. BU.