Hockey East Power Rankings: Week 1

The college hockey season is underway in the Hockey East Association and after an outstanding weekend of hockey things started to settle in for a few teams, while others seem to need some more time to get on their feet.

The Hockey East Association only feature a single match-up between two conference teams which had conference standings implications. The other schools participated in non-conference games, including a game between UMass Lowell and Massachusetts which was a non-conference matchup.

1. Notre Dame (2-0-0, 0-0-0 HEA) – Last Week: 3
The Fighting Irish started the season off with weekend sweep of Western Michigan, shutting down their opponent and scoring seven goals. With their weekend sweep, Notre Dame moved up to the No. 4 national ranking and is the highest ranked Hockey East school. The Fighting Irish will host Michigan Tech for two games this coming weekend.

2. Boston College (1-1-0, 0-0-0 HEA) – Last Week: 2
As the first Hockey East school to play a regular season game, the Boston College fell to Michigan on Thursday night. The Eagles were able to leave the weekend with a win after toping RPI at home on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles will host Wisconsin on Friday night as part of the Hockey East / Big Ten Challenge.

3. Providence College (2-0-0, 0-0-0 HEA) – Last Week: 5
Providence College had one of the best weekends for a Hockey East schools. The Friars swept Minnesota State in two games at the refurbished Schneider Arena in Providence, R.I., outscoring their opponent 8-1. Jon Gillies shutout Minnesota State in a 3-0 win on Saturday night. The Friars will host American International College on Saturday night as their only matchup this weekend.

4. Massachusetts Lowell (1-1-0, 0-0-0 HEA) – Last Week: 1
The biggest upset of the weekend and likely the remainder of the season came on Friday night as the Sacred Heart Pioneers took down the No. 1 ranked UMass Lowell River Hawks in their season opener at the Tsongas Center. The River Hawks were able to rebound and top Massachusetts on Saturday night to give them a 1-1-0 record heading into a weekend when they face fellow Frozen Four opponent Quinnipiac University.

5. Boston University (2-0-0, 1-0-0 HEA) – Last Week: 4
Boston University was one of only two schools to play a conference game on the opening weekend for Hockey East schools. The Terriers were able to top Massachusetts, at home, by a score of 3-1. Boston University kept up the momentum and finished the weekend undefeated after beating Holy Cross on Saturday night. The Terriers will face much tougher competition on Saturday night as they will face Wisconsin as part of the Hockey East / Big Ten Challenge.

6. New Hampshire (1-1-0, 0-0-0 HEA) – Last Week: 6
New Hampshire started the season off at the IceBreaker Tournament in Minnesota with a win over Clarkson University, but was unable to complete the weekend with a win. The Wildcats fell to Minnesota in the IceBreaker Championship on Saturday night, 3-2. New Hampshire will host Michigan for a two-game series in Durham this coming weekend as part of the Hockey East / Big Ten Challenge.

7. Northeastern (2-0-0, 0-0-0 HEA) – Last Week: 10
Northeastern didn’t have a tough time on their opening weekend. The Huskies swept Alabama-Huntsville over the weekend with a 9-1 win on Friday night and a closer 3-2 win on Saturday night. Kevin Roy tallied six points on three goals and three assists earning himself the Hockey East Player of the Week honors. The Huskies will face Holy Cross this coming weekend in a home and home series.

8. Vermont (0-1-1, 0-0-0 HEA) – Last Week: 9
Vermont traveled to North Dakota for a two-game series to start the season and ended up leaving better than they expected. The Catamounts lost to North Dakota on Friday night, but were able to skate to a 2-2 tie on Saturday night. Vermont will play host to Penn State this weekend as part of the Hockey East / Big Ten Challenge.

9. Merrimack College (0-2-0, 0-0-0 HEA) – Last Week: 7
Merrimack College made the trek out to Colorado to start the season and face the Denver Pioneers. After failing to score a single goal all weekend, the Warriors found themselves in a 0-2-0 whole to start the season. As expected, the Warriors will have a tough time finding the back of the net this season. They hope to kick-start their offense as they host Mercyhurst this weekend in North Andover, Mass.

10. Maine (0-2-0, 0-0-0 HEA) - Last Week: 8
The Black Bears had a rough weekend, getting swept on the road against St. Lawrence and starting the season off 0-2-0 under new head coach Red Gendron. Maine will have another tough opponent this coming weekend when Bentley makes the four hour trip to Orono, Maine to face the Black Bears.

11. Massachusetts (0-2-0, 0-1-0 HEA) – Last Week: 11
After a weekend sweep by two different Hockey East teams, one conference and one non-conference game, the Minutemen find themselves. Things won’t get any easier over the coming weekend either, as the Minutemen face Michigan Sate in a two-game series as part of the Hockey East / Big Ten Challenge.

Justin Soderberg is a Northeast Hockey Reporter for Inside Hockey, he also covers the UMass Lowell River Hawks for View from 123. Follow him on Twitter, connect with him on Facebook or add him to your circle on Google+.

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