After five weeks of Hockey East teams in regular season action, teams are starting to find their spot in the weekly Hockey East Power Rankings. Positions 1-to-4 are the same as last week’s rankings with a couple of the teams further down the rankings making moves.
Boston College had a great weekend-plus, while Northeastern took down a highly-ranked UMass Lowell team in their only game this weekend.
Merrimack College was the last team to get into conference action and remains the only team without a conference win this season.
1. Providence College (7-1-1, 3-1-0 HEA) – Last Week: 1
Providence College remains the top team to beat in the Hockey East Association. The Friars swept a two-game home-and-home series against Merrimack College starting on Friday night. The Friars managed to only get a single goal score on the Warriors on Friday night, but Jon Gillies was able to run away with the shutout. Saturday night, Providence had a little easier of a time topping Merrimack College 4-2 at home. The Friars will face off against Vermont in a two-game road trip up north starting Friday night.
2. Notre Dame (7-3-0, 1-1-0 HEA) – Last Week: 2
Notre Dame started the weekend off great with an upset win over the No. 1 nationally ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Fighting Irish took game one of the two-game home series, 4-1. Notre Dame wasn’t as lucky in the second game, falling to the Golden Gophers 5-4. The Fighting Irish will be back in conference action this coming weekend as the first Hockey East school, Merrimack College, takes the road trip to the Compton Family Ice Arena in Notre Dame, IN for two games.
3. Boston College (6-2-1, 3-0-0 HEA) – Last Week: 3
Boston College had only a single game over the weekend, but faced off against Atlantic Hockey’s Army on Monday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Friday night, the Eagles rocked Boston University in a 5-1 win on the road across town. Boston College continued their scoring ways on Monday night, stomping Army in an 11-0 shutout victory. The Eagles will play a home-and-home series against Massachusetts starting on Thursday night in Amherst, Mass. The second game of the series will be played in Chestnut Hill on Saturday night.
4. Massachusetts Lowell (6-4-0, 2-1-0 HEA) - Last Week: 4
UMass Lowell didn’t have the Saturday night they expect at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass., on River Hawk Strong Night. Northeastern entered Lowell on Saturday night and left with a 4-2 victory over the River Hawks. UMass Lowell headed out on the road for a three-game road trip to Princeton on Tuesday, topping the Tigers 2-1. The River Hawks will face off against the Big Ten when they battle Penn State in a two-game series starting Thursday night and will return to New England following their Friday night tilt.
5. Northeastern (6-3-0, 1-2-0 HEA) – Last Week: 6
Northeastern got their first Hockey East conference win of the season and it came against a top-ranked team in UMass Lowell on Saturday night, 4-2. The Huskies find themselves at 6-3-0 to start the 2013-14 season and scoring has been great for the squad. Northeastern will play a home-and-home series against a resurgent New Hampshire team this coming weekend starting on Friday night at Matthews Arena in Boston, Mass. The second half of the home-and-home will be up in New Hampshire on Saturday night.
6. Boston University (4-5-0, 2-2-0 HEA) – Last Week: 5
Boston University started out Hockey East conference play with a win over Massachusetts in October and is the only team to beat Providence this season. However, the Terriers have struggled in their past two games, including a 5-1 loss to the Boston College Eagles on Friday night at home. Boston University will look to get back on the right track with a single road game up at Alfond Arena in Orono, ME on Friday night and a home game against Atlantic Hockey’s UConn Huskies on Sunday afternoon.
7. New Hampshire (4-5-1, 2-2-0 HEA) – Last Week: 9
After struggling to get a second win of the season, New Hampshire has rattled off three-straight wins and some of them by huge margins. The Wildcats topped Massachusetts on Friday night at home, 4-1 and gave the Minutemen a stomping on Saturday night, 9-0 on the road. New Hampshire was also in action on Tuesday night and took their third straight game, beating Brown 4-2 at home. The Wildcats will face off against Northeastern in a home-and-home series starting Friday night in Boston, Mass.
8. Vermont (3-3-1, 2-2-0 HEA) – Last Week: 7
Vermont took a road trip up to the Alfond Arena in Orono, ME for a two-game series against the Maine Black Bears. The Catamounts fell to Maine in game one of the series, 2-0, but managed to squeak out game two, 4-3. Vermont gets to stay home this weekend and welcome the hot Providence College Friars to Burlington for a two-game series starting on Friday night.
9. Maine (4-4-1, 1-2-1 HEA) – Last Week: 10
Maine welcomed Vermont into Orono for a two-game home series starting on Friday night. The Black Bears took game one of the series, 2-0 and picked up their first conference points of the season. Game two didn’t go the same way, falling to Vermont in a close 4-3 game. The Black Bears have only a single game this coming weekend when the Boston University Terriers take the trek up to the Alfond on Friday night.
10. Merrimack College (3-5-0, 0-2-0 HEA) – Last Week: 8
Merrimack College played their first Hockey East conference game over this past weekend, but failed to pickup any points. The Warriors fell to the Providence College Friars on Friday night, 1-0 in North Andover, Mass. and the Friars finished the sweep of the Warriors on Saturday night in Providence, RI by a score of 4-2. Merrimack College is the first Hockey East school to head out to play Notre Dame in conference play and will do so in a two-game series starting on Friday night.
11. Massachusetts (3-6-1, 1-3-1 HEA) – Last Week: 11
Massachusetts didn’t have the weekend they wanted and were swept by the New Hampshire Wildcats. The Minutemen fell to the Wildcats 4-1 on Friday night and a more embarrassing 9-0 on Saturday night. Massachusetts were dealt more bad news when they found out starting goaltender Steve Mastalerz will miss a substantial amount of time with an injury. The Minutemen start a home-and-home series against Boston College on Thursday night in Amherst, Mass.
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+.