Hockey East conference play start this past weekend for all teams except the Merrimack College Warriors. For a few teams things are looking good, starting off the conference schedule to 2-0-0 records, while others are sitting back struggling with 0-2-0 records.
Providence College continued to show they are a team to beat, even in the loss to the Boston University Terriers on Friday night.
UMass Lowell seems to have rebounded from a tough start to the season to rattle off four straight wins, including a weekend sweep of the New Hampshire Wildcats this past weekend.
Boston College showed the nation that Northeastern can be beat, but are still a great team to play.
While Notre Dame fell in their Hockey East debut to the Vermont Catamounts on Friday night.
1. Providence College (5-1-1, 1-1-0 HEA) – Last Week: 2
Providence College entered this past weekend with an undefeated 4-0-1 record, but suffered their first loss of the season on Friday night in the away half of a home-and-home series against Boston University. The Friars were able to rebound and take game two of the series at home and leave the weekend with a split series. Providence College heads to Merrimack College on Friday night for the away half of another home-and-home series, then back to Rhode Island for the home half on Saturday.
2. Notre Dame (6-2-0, 1-1-0 HEA) – Last Week: 1
Notre Dame opened last weekend with an upset loss to the Vermont Catamounts in their first Hockey East conference match-up after joining Hockey East for the 2013-14 season. The Fighting Irish managed to take the back half of the two-game road series over the Catamounts on Saturday night. Notre Dame will welcome in Minnesota for a two-game home series against a non-conference opponent. They will be back in conference action the following weekend against Merrimack College at home.
3. Boston College (4-2-1, 2-0-0 HEA) – Last Week: 3
Boston College won their first two games of Hockey East conference play against Northeastern University in a two-game home-and-home sweep of the Huskies. Boston College took game one 4-2 on Friday night, but had a little tougher time against the Huskies on Saturday night, winning in overtime, 4-3. The Eagles will face off against Boston University on Friday night in another Hockey East conference game and then Army on Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game.
4. Massachusetts Lowell (5-3-0, 2-0-0 HEA) - Last Week: 4
After starting off the season with a 1-3-0 record, the UMass Lowell River Hawks have battled back to run off four straight wins, including a weekend home-and-home sweep of the New Hampshire Wildcats in Hockey East conference play. The River Hawks won game one on Friday night, 5-3 and took game two on Saturday night, 3-2 in overtime at the Wittemore Center. UMass Lowell will face Northeastern on Saturday night at home and then travel to face Princeton on Tuesday night in New Jersey.
5. Boston University (4-4-0, 2-1-0 HEA) – Last Week: 5
Boston University entered the weekend with a .500 record overall and as they exited the weekend they remained at .500 on the season. The Terriers split a home-and-home series with the top-ranked Providence College Friars over the weekend starting with a win at home on Friday night and then falling to the Friars on Saturday night in Rhode Island. Boston University faces Boston College at home on Friday night as their only game of the weekend.
6. Northeastern (5-3-0, 0-2-0 HEA) – Last Week: 6
Northeastern started the season off 5-0-0, but after three straight losses find themselves at 5-3-0 on start the 2013-14 season. The Huskies fell to the Boston College Eagles in back-t0-back games over the weekend. Northeastern was unable to beat the Eagles on Friday night on the road and took Boston College to overtime on Saturday, but eventually fell to the Eagles. The Huskies battle UMass Lowell on Saturday night at the Tsongas Center in their only game of the weekend.
7. Vermont (2-2-1, 1-1-0 HEA) – Last Week: 8
Vermont upset Notre Dame in the first Hockey East matchup for the newest member of the conference the Fighting Irish. Friday night the Catamounts topped the Fighting Irish, 2-1 in regulation time. However, Notre Dame got their revenge on Saturday night, beating the Catamounts 3-2. The Catamounts will travel to Maine to play a two-game road series against the Black Bears at the Alfond Arena in Orono, ME starting on Friday night.
8. Merrimack College (3-3-0, 0-0-0 HEA) – Last Week: 9
Merrimack College was the only Hockey East Association school to not start their conference play over the past week. The Warriors welcomed the Bentley Falcons of the Atlantic Hockey Association into Lawler Arena for a Friday night tilt. Merrimack College was able to win their second straight game over an Atlantic Hockey team with a 3-1 win. The Warriors will face off against Providence in a home-and-home series this weekend starting on Friday night at home.
9. New Hampshire (1-5-1, 0-2-0 HEA) – Last Week: 7
New Hampshire continues to struggle to start the 2013-14 season and after another disappointing weekend find themselves with only a single win on the season in seven games. The Wildcats fell to UMass Lowell on Friday night, 5-3 on the road and suffered an overtime loss to the River Hawks, 3-2 at home on Saturday night. New Hampshire will try to get back on the right track this coming weekend with a couple of games against Massachusetts in a home-and-home series.
10. Maine (3-3-1, 0-1-1 HEA) – Last Week: 10
After sweeping the Massachusetts Minutemen in two non-conference games at home, the Maine Black Bears were unable to get a win on the road against the same Minutemen this past weekend. The Black Bears and Minutemen skated to a 1-1 tie on Friday night and Maine was unable to take game two on Saturday night, falling to the Minutemen, 2-1. Maine welcomes the Vermont Catamounts to the Alfond on Friday and Saturday night for a two-game series this weekend.
11. Massachusetts (3-4-1, 1-1-1 HEA) – Last Week: 11
Massachusetts rebounded from a tough non-conference weekend Maine to take three points from the Black Bears to open the Hockey East schedule this past weekend. The Minutemen skated to a 1-1 tie on Friday night, but took two points on Saturday night with a 3-2 victory over the Black Bears. Massachusetts will play a home-and-home series against the struggling New Hampshire Wildcats this weekend starting with a road game on Friday night.
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+.