February 8, 2013
WEEKEND PREVIEW: NO. 5 NEW HAMPSHIRE FACES OFF WITH PROVIDENCE SUNDAY ON CBSSN
~ Vermont hosts Maine Saturday; Merrimack entertains UMass Sunday ~
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New Hampshire hosts Providence College Sunday afternoon on CBS Sports Network

Maine at Vermont (Saturday at Gutterson Fieldhouse)

- Senior Joey Diamond (Long Beach, N.Y.) has nine point (7g,2a) in nine career games vs. the Catamounts. Diamond has scored goals in six straight games against Vermont.

- Vermont earned three points in the two-game series earlier in the year at Alfond Arena. Freshman Brody Hoffman (Wilkie, Sask.) notched 67 saves (.957 save%) in the series against the Black Bears.

- Vermont posted a 3-for-3 penalty kill performance last Friday at BC and has killed off 10 power plays in a row.

- Junior Martin Ouellette (St.-Hippolyte, Que.) is 3-1-2 in his last six starts with a 1.77 GAA and .941 save percentage in the Black Bears' net.


Providence at No. 5 New Hampshire (Sunday at the Whittemore Center on CBSSN)

- The Friars won the first meeting of the series by a 6-5 score on Jan. 19 at the Whittemore Center. Derek Army notched two goals in the game and Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) totaled 37 saves in his 10th win of the season for PC.

- Providence is now 8-0-1 when leading after two periods and 7-1-2 when leading after the first this season.

- Sophomore Casey DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) owns a 3-0-0 career record vs. PC with a 1.99 GAA and a .939 save percentage.

- John Henrion (Holden, Mass.) ranks first overall (63.5%) and in Hockey East play in faceoff percentage (64.1%) for the Wildcats.


Massachusetts at Merrimack (Sunday at Lawler Arena)

- The Warriors won the season series last year, 2-1-0, including the last meeting on March 3rd.

- UMass' line of Michael Pereira (West Haven, Conn.), Branden Gracel (Calgary, Alta.), Conor Sheary (Melrose, Mass.) totaled eight of the Minutemen's 14 points against BU last Friday and has 31 points in nine games when paired together.

- Now 6-1-1 in the last seven games, Merrimack stormed into third place in Hockey East, last weekend defeating two ranked teams, ending No. 12 Lowell's two-month, 11-game unbeaten streak 1-0 Friday and No. 4 UNH 4-1 Saturday. Junior Sam Marotta (Bridgewater, Mass.) led the way in goal stopping 76 of 77 shots (.987 save%) and is now first in Hockey East in save percentage (.929) and second in GAA (2.09) in overall play. Marotta became the first Warrior goaltender to stop 50 or more shots since Andrew Braithwaite in 2008

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