Hockey East Power Rankings: Week 2

This past weekend was an outstanding weekend of college hockey and featured both great performances from Hockey East schools and some upsetting performances.

Boston College and Boston University beat up on last week’s No. 2 nationally ranked Wisconsin Badgers, 9-2 and 7-3 respectively. On the other side of the spectrum, UMass Lowell was defeated twice over the weekend by Quinnipiac University in a pair of 3-1 games.

Merrimack College both scored their first goal of the season and picked up their first win of the season over the weekend, while Northeastern is an amazing 4-0-0 to start the 2013-14 season.

1. Notre Dame (4-0-0, 0-0-0 HEA) - Last Week: 1
Notre Dame picked up a pair of wins over Michigan Tech this past weekend to move themselves to an undefeated 4-0-0 over the first four games of the 2013-14 season. Sitting at No. 2/2 ranked nationally, the Fighting Irish deserve no other spot in the Hockey East Week 2 Power Rankings than No. 1 overall.

2. Boston College (2-1-0, 0-0-0 HEA) - Last Week: 2
The Boston College Eagles not only upset the former No. 2/2 nationally ranked Wisconsin Badgers over last weekend, they made them look like a practice squad, defeating the Badgers by a score of 9-2. Although the Eagles played only a single game over the weekend, they put up the scoring of at least to games.

3. Providence College (3-0-0, 0-0-0 HEA) - Last Week: 3
Providence College didn’t have the toughest competition over the weekend, defeating American International College by a score of 10-4. Although the Friars were able to put up a 10-spot on the board, the did allow four goals against a much easier Atlantic Hockey competitor. The Friars will face tough competition this coming weekend with two games at home against Miami.

4. Boston University (3-1-0, 1-0-0 HEA) - Last Week: 5
Following a 3-1 loss to RPI on Friday, Boston University followed the footsteps of fellow Hockey East and Boston school Boston College the night after the Eagles trampled the Badgers, 9-2. The Terriers put up their own beat down with a 7-3 win over Wisconsin. The two Boston schools put up a total of 16 goals against a top Big Ten opponent.  The Terriers will travel to Michigan to face Michigan State and the University of Michigan over this coming weekend.

5. New Hampshire (1-2-1, 0-0-0 HEA) - Last Week: 6
New Hampshire took both of their games against a top-5 nationally ranked Michigan team into overtime. Friday night’s contest ended in a 1-1 tie, while on Saturday night Michigan topped the Wildcats by a score of 3-2. The Wolverines are not an easy team to beat and New Hampshire came close twice, a great sign for this Hockey East team.

6. Northeastern (4-0-0, 0-0-0 HEA) - Last Week: 7
Northeastern has played a few easier teams to start the season, beating up on Alabama-Huntsville on opening weekend and taking down Holy Cross in two games over the past weekend. However, a 4-0-0 start to the 2013-14 season is something not many people saw coming. The Huskies are scoring in bunches and have a great chemistry to start the season. Northeastern will face a little tougher competition with two games against St. Lawrence this coming weekend.

7. Massachusetts Lowell (1-3-0, 0-0-0 HEA) Last Week: 4
After losing to Sacred Heart on opening night, the UMass Lowell River Hawks dropped from No. 1 to No. 4 in the Inside Hockey power rankings. This week, the River Hawks fall three more spots after a home-and-home sweep by Quinnipiac. The Bobcats defeated the River Hawks in a pair of 3-1 victories on Friday and Saturday night, pushing UMass Lowell to a 1-3-0 record to start the season. The River Hawks will also make the trip to Michigan to face Michigan State and the University of Michigan over this coming weekend.

8. Vermont (0-1-1, 0-0-0 HEA) - Last Week: 8
The Vermont Catamounts were one of the few college hockey schools to have the second weekend of the season off and remained with a record of 0-1-1 overall after losing opening night to North Dakota and skating to a 2-2 tie with the same North Dakota squad the following night. The Catamounts will travel to Philadelphia, Penn. this coming weekend to battle Penn State at the Wells Fargo Center.

9. Merrimack College (1-3-0, 0-0-0 HEA) - Last Week: 9
Merrimack College was swept on opening weekend by Denver and were unable to find the back of the net. On the second weekend of the season, the Warriors were able to score their first goal and also their first victory. Merrimack College split a weekend series with Mercyhurst, falling to the Lakers on Friday night (3-2) and winning by a score of 5-2 on Saturday night.

10. Massachusetts (2-2-0, 0-1-0 HEA) - Last Week: 11
The Massachusetts Minutemen followed up a winless opening weekend with a two-win second weekend of the season. The Minutemen topped the Michigan State Spartans Friday night, 3-1 and Saturday night, 5-2. The Minutemen moved to 2-2-0 on the season and are moving in the right direction. The Minutemen will head up to Orono, ME to face the University of Maine for a two-game series starting Friday night.

11. Maine (1-2-0, 0-0-0 HEA) - Last Week: 10
The University of Maine welcomed Bentley University to Alfond Arena on Saturday night in Orono, ME. The Black Bears were able to defeat their Atlantic Hockey opponent, 2-1, improving their record to 1-2-0 on the season. The Black Bears will face the Massachusetts Minutemen on Friday and Saturday night in a two-game series at home. The games are schedule to be non-conference match-ups.

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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