In the first annual Hockey East / Big Ten Challenge, Hockey East came away with the victory with a 7-4-2 record against the Big Ten Conference.
Providence College remains unbeaten in five games this season, including a win and a tie against a tough Miami team over the past weekend. It seems the Friars are one of the teams to beat in the Hockey East Association.
UMass Lowell started the season off losing three of their first four games, but after a great weekend in Michigan the team finds themselves back at .500 and moving in the right direction.
Northeastern continues to score goals by the bunches, while New Hampshire remains with only a single win this season.
1. Notre Dame (5-1-0, 0-0-0 HEA) – Last Week: 1
The newest member of the Hockey East family has had a great start to the 2013-14 season. The Fighting Irish took their first loss of the season on Saturday to Minnesota-Duluth, after taking game one of the two-game series on Friday. Vince Hinostroza and T.J. Tynan both had three assists over the weekend. The Fighting Irish will travel to Burlington, VT to battle against the Vermont Catamounts this weekend. The two-game series will be the first Hockey East conference action for Notre Dame.
2. Providence College (4-0-1, 0-0-0 HEA) – Last Week: 3
Providence College is making waves with their start to the 2013-14 season and have yet to lose a game over their first five games this season. The Friars took game one of the two-game series over Miami with a 3-2 overtime win on Friday and took an early 3-2 lead over the Redhawks on Saturday before the game ended in a 4-4 tie. Providence will square off against Boston University this weekend in a home-and-home series starting on Friday night.
3. Boston College (2-2-1, 0-0-0 HEA) – Last Week: 2
Boston College was unable to pickup a win against Minnesota over the weekend and fell to 2-2-1 on the season. The Eagles have faced a few tough schools to start the season, but with their tie on Friday night to the Golden Gophers, they looked to be holding steady. However, Boston College gave up a touchdown to Minnesota on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles will look to bounce back against a Northeastern team who has only suffered a single loss this season over the weekend in a home-and-home series.
4. Massachusetts Lowell (3-3-0, 0-0-0 HEA) - Last Week: 7
A 1-3-0 record to start the 2013-14 season was not something most college hockey fans and media would’ve guessed the UMass Lowell River Hawks would have. However, the River Hawks are starting to turn things around after a two-game State of Michigan sweep over the past weekend. UMass Lowell topped Michigan State on Friday night, 4-1 and continued their momentum beating No. 4 ranked Michigan, 2-1 on Saturday night. UMass Lowell looks to continue their winning ways against New Hampshire in a home-and-home conference series starting Friday at the Tsongas Center.
5. Boston University (3-3-0, 1-0-0 HEA) – Last Week: 4
Boston University finds themselves sitting at .500 after getting swept in Michigan over the weekend by Michigan State and No. 4 ranked Michigan. The Terriers managed only two goals against the Michigan schools while giving up five. Boston University will battle UMass Lowell all season and doing the opposite of what the River Hawks did over the weekend doesn’t help their cause. The Terriers will look to turn things around against a hot Providence College team with a home-and-home series over the weekend.
6. Northeastern (5-1-0, 0-0-0 HEA) – Last Week: 6
You read that correctly, Northeastern has a 5-1-0 record to start the 2013-14 season. The Huskies were only winners of nine games all season last year and have more than half of their win total in the first six games this season. Although the Huskies have played some easier teams, the continue to rack up the goals and have a Hockey East leading 30 goals in six games (5.00 goals per game average). Northeastern will have a tougher challenge over the coming weekend with a home-and-home series against in-state rival Boston College.
7. New Hampshire (1-3-1, 0-0-0 HEA) – Last Week: 5
New Hampshire had only on game this past weekend, but failed to take their opportunity to win. The Wildcats fell to this week’s No. 10 ranked Rensselaer, 4-2 on Saturday night in Troy, New York. New Hampshire finds themselves in a 1-3-1 hole to start the 2013-14 season and things won’t get any easier for them as they face a hot UMass Lowell team in a home-and-home series starting on Friday night in Lowell, Mass. The Wildcats swept all three games last season against the River Hawks, but fell in the Northeast Regionals.
8. Vermont (1-1-1, 0-0-0 HEA) – Last Week: 8
The Vermont Catamounts picked up their first win of the 2013-14 season against the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Penn. Vermont sits at .500 on the young season, but has only played three games compared to most Hockey East schools who have played five or six. The Catamounts will have a tough test over the coming weekend as they are the first team in Hockey East to battle the newest member Notre Dame. Vermont welcomes the Fighting Irish in for a two-game home stand.
9. Merrimack College (2-3-0, 0-0-0 HEA) – Last Week: 9
Merrimack College is another school in the Hockey East Association to have only one contest over the weekend. The Warriors welcomed the Army Black Knights of the Atlantic Hockey Association to the newly renovated Lawler Arena on Saturday night. Merrimack College’s scoring started to heat up as the Warriors topped the Black Knights, 4-2. Merrimack will again only have a single game over the coming weekend and again face a Atlantic Hockey opponent, this time in the form of Bentley on Friday night.
10. Maine (3-2-0, 0-0-0 HEA) – Last Week: 11
The University of Maine is moving in the right direction after a two-game weekend sweep of fellow Hockey East school Massachusetts (non-conference games). The Black Bears topped game one on Friday night with a thrilling 3-2 overtime win and took game two on Saturday with a more decisive 8-4 win over the Minutemen. Although the Black Bears won’t be fighting for a National Title in the 2013-14 season, they are a much better team to watch than the past few seasons. Maine will travel to Massachusetts for two conferences games this weekend and will look for the same outcome.
11. Massachusetts (2-4-0, 0-1-0 HEA) – Last Week: 10
After a two-game sweep of the Michigan State Spartans last weekend, the Massachusetts Minutemen were hoping to use that momentum to take their two-game series in Maine. However, the Minutemen were unable to succeed at their plan and fell in both games, including giving up eight goals to the Maine Black Bears on Saturday night. Massachusetts will try to get some revenge on the Black Bears when they welcome them to their home in Amherst, Mass. this coming weekend.
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+.