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Tonight on NBCSN: No. 4 New Hampshire squares off with archrival Maine

Mar 8, 2013, 2:03 PM EST

Kevin Goumas, Dan Sullivan AP

One wants in the postseason, the other wants the No. 1 seed in Hockey East.

No. 4 New Hampshire Wildcats (18-8-6) vs. Maine Black Bears (10-17-7)

It’s the final weekend of the conference schedule in Hockey East, and both New Hampshire and Maine have things to figure out heading into their rivalry battle. UNH is seeking to finish No. 1 overall in the conference and needs to score a pair of wins while hoping UMass-Lowell slips up against Providence to make it happen. If the Wildcats needed extra motivation, being able to keep Maine out of the Hockey East tournament should do it.

The Black Bears are hanging on to the eighth spot in the conference by just one point over UMass and while they can’t hope for the Minutemen to just lose to Merrimack, it’s on them to find a way to slow down a New Hampshire attack that’s done well this season.

UNH rolls with five players who fill the net regularly (Kevin Goumas leads the way with 37 points) and it’ll be up to Maine’s junior goalie, Martin Ouellette, to hold down the fort. He’s done well since taking over for Dan Sullivan and after the disastrous start to their season, Maine just making the Hockey East tournament would be a great accomplishment. Maine’s not-so potent offense will have to deal with one of the better goalies in the country in sophomore Casey DeSmith who made headlines earlier this season for UNH.

NHL prospects to watch

This game is light on draftees with just six players in all who’ve had their name called. New Hampshire has just two with Eric Knodel (D – JR – Toronto) and Greg Burke (F – SR – Washington). Knodel is a solid blue liner and he and Trevor van Riemsdyk (James’ younger brother) are their two most productive defensemen. Goumas, an undrafted junior forward, has been the set-up man for fellow undrafted guys like John Henrion, Austin Block, and Grayson Downing (38 combined goals).

Maine, meanwhile, rolls with four draftees led by Ouellette, a Blue Jackets prospect. Joining him are a pair of solid freshmen forwards in Devin Shore (Dallas) and Ben Hutton (Vancouver). Shore is second on the team in points to undrafted senior Joey Diamond. Senior defenseman Nick Pryor (Anaheim) has played in 17 games this year earning just two assists.

  1. orangandblack - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    PROhockeytalk….not AMATEURhockeytalk

    • itsallniceonice - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      While they are just tooting their NBC horn, shut up moron. The last two cup winning goalies and the last three Conn Smythe winners played collegiate hockey. More and more quality players are coming from the collegiate ranks every year and it’s fun and interesting to watch for real fans of the game.

  2. tfaltin - Mar 8, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    U-N-H U-N-H!

    • itsallniceonice - Mar 8, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      Too bad UNH can’t win any games that matter.

  3. misterchainbluelightning - Mar 8, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    LOL

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