Thursday, March 15, 2012

BU-Maine at the Garden

Tomorrow, the Hockey East Semifinals kick off at TD Garden at 5:00 with (1) Boston College taking on (7) Providence. The nightcap pairs (3) Boston University and (4) Maine. This is the first time in the history of the league that these four teams have met in the final four. 

BU is 0-5 against Maine in the Hockey East Semifinals. The last time they met in the Semis was 2010 with Maine winning 5-2. Maine would loses the Championship game the next night 7-6 in overtime to Boston College.

Looking at Maine
The Black Bears started the year on a roller coaster, but come holiday break, Maine was on a tear. Starting on November 26th, Maine went on a 7-1-0 streak, their only loss coming at home to BU by a score of 5-1. In that streak, Maine won the Florida College Classic, by defeating Clarkson 6-1 and UMass in the championship game 5-2. Maine's most impressive stretch of games came in late January. In back to back weekends, the Black Bears swept Boston College and BU. Last weekend, it took Maine three games to take out Merrimack in the league Quarterfinals at home. 

Scouting the Black Bears
Maine owns the league's most potent scorer in Spencer Abbot. In 37 games played, Abbot has 20 goals and 39 assists for a total of 59 points. Maine's second leading scorer is Brian Flynn (17 goals 29 assists). The Black Bear's leading goal scorer is Joey Diamond with 23 in 34 games played. 

In Goal
Dan Sullivan is a holder of a 21-9-3 record. In 1911 minutes played, Sullivan has a .910 save percentage, a 2.51 goals against average, and 809 goals allowed. 

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