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February 3, 2011
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WEEKEND PREVIEW: NO. 6 UNH AND NO. 15 MAINE SQUARE OFF ON NESN IN TWO-GAME SERIES
~ PC travels to Vermont for pair; UMass faces No. 1 BC and No. 12 Merrimack ~
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Mike Sislo and the UNH Wildcats host Maine this weekend for two games on NESN

No. 15 Maine at No. 6 UNH - Two-Game Series (Fri., Sat. at the Whittemore Center)

- The Black Bears own the advantage in the all-time series history at 56-46-5 in 107 meetings. UNH captured a 4-3 overtime win over the Black Bears at Alfond Arena on Dec. 10 in the first meeting of the season series.

- Paul Thompson is the active leader in Wildcat scoring against Maine with seven points (1g,6a) in nine games. Thompson with 49 goals and 50 assists is now just one point away from 100 for his career.

- The Black Bears killed off all 12 Boston University power plays last weekend. Maine has currently killed off 16 straight opponent power play chances. In Maine's last seven games, the Black Bears have killed 29 of 31 opponent power plays.


Providence at Vermont - Two-Game Series (Fri., Sat. at Gutterson Fieldhouse)

- In 42 all-time meetings, the Catamounts lead, 22-15-5. In their first meeting this season, the two teams played to a 3-3 overtime tie at Schneider Arena. The Friars are seeking their first win over the Catamounts since November 9, 2008 when they earned a 4-3 overtime decision at Schneider Arena.

- In the last 11 games, the Friars have killed off 54 of 58 (93%) penalties, including 36 of the last 39 penalties.

- 20 of Vermont's 46 goals (43.4%) this year have come in the opening period.


No. 12 Merrimack at Northeastern (Fri. at Matthews Arena)

- The teams each won a game in the first two meetings of the season series back in early December, a pair of 2-1 games.

- Merrimack is coming off a historic January, as the Warriors won seven of eight games, most in a month in its Division I Hockey East history.

- The Warriors at 15 are one win shy of their win total for last season 16.

- Northeastern is unbeaten in its last five outings, going 3-0-2. That stretch stands as the third-best unbeaten streak in the country, second only to Western Michigan (11) and Denver (8).


Massachusetts at No. 1 Boston College (Fri.) at No. 12 Merrimack (Sat.)

- UMass assistant captain Danny Hobbs has been playing well of late with six goals and nine assists in the last 12 games played. He has three multi-point games in the last four outings.

- Michael Pereira ranks second among Hockey East rookies in points (20) and leads rookies in goals (10).

- Merrimack senior forward Chris Barton Registered his 100th career point on Saturday vs. Vermont, becoming the first Warrior since 2002 to accomplish the feat.

- BC's Cam Atkinson recorded his fifth multiple-goal effort of the season last week and now has 19 goals in 24 games; he ranks fourth nationally in goals per game (0.79).


UMass-Lowell at No. 14 Boston University (Fri. at Agganis Arena)

- UMass Lowell junior forward Matt Ferreira is riding a career-high six-game point streak (4g,3a).

- This is the third and final regular season match up for these teams. The Terriers have won both of the previous meetings, including a 5-1 victory on Oct. 29 at Lowell and a 2-1 victory at BU on Oct. 30.

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