This team continues to make literally no sense. 3-0-1 against BU and Northeastern, and gave #3 Clarkson and #9 Robert Morris problems….1-3-2 against Merrimack, Maine, Providence, UConn, and UNH. Just. What.
Speaking of Maine, they’re the Cats’ opponent this weekend, coming to the Gutt for a pair of games. The two met back on October 30 in Orono, where the Cats prevailed 3-2 on a third period goal by Kourtney Menches.
Maine currently occupies Hockey East’s cellar with a 2-8-1 conference record, but with two games in hand on Merrimack, who’s just a point ahead. They’re 6-12-1 overall.
In goal, Carly Jackson has grabbed the starting gig in her sophomore year after not playing at all as a freshman. She’s done well for herself, too, posting a .913 save percentage, vastly superior to backup Mariah Fujimagari’s .863.
The defense is a bit suspect, giving up around 31 shots a game, and only one defender (Alysson Matteau) has more than 5 points, so they’re not getting offense from there, either. It’s still a very similar group to the one they had last year, which UVM went unbeaten against in a down year for the program, so take that for what it’s worth. They’re also very shaky on the PK with the fifth-worst rate in the country. (Of course, Merrimack had the second-worst defense, and UVM only scored once on them, so I probably jinxed it.)
Up front, the Black Bears aren’t great, scoring fewer goals per game than the offensively-struggling Catamounts. Tereza Vanišová, Vendula Přibylová, and Brooke Stacey are very good – each has over 10 points, and Vanišová is at 22, tied for 20th in the country – but besides that, there isn’t much. They’ll still see more players hit double digits than last year though; only three players – one of whom graduated – hit 10 or more for Maine last year.
Games are on CatamounTV, 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.