Providence College remain the team to beat in the Hockey East Association. The No. 3 nationally ranked Friars are sitting pretty at 9-1-1 on the season and 5-1-0 in Hockey East.
Notre Dame, Boston College and UMass Lowell remain in the same spots without suffering losses over the weekend. The Eagles and Fighting Irish could easily be tied for second this week, but Notre Dame gets the slight nod.
New Hampshire is climbing up the ladder and are riding a four-game winning streak into a two-game series against Providence this weekend.
1. Providence College (9-1-1, 5-1-0 HEA) – Last Week: 1
Providence College continues to roll during the 2013-14 season. The Friars swept the Vermont Catamounts in a two-game series at the Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, Vt. over the weekend. Providence continues to sit towards the top at No. 3 in both national polls and has the most wins in Hockey East with nine. The Friars will look to continue rolling with a two-game home series against New Hampshire Wildcats starting on Friday night.
2. Notre Dame (8-3-1, 2-1-1 HEA) – Last Week: 2
Notre Dame dominated Merrimack College on Friday night as they welcomed the Warriors into the Compton Family Ice Arena as the first Hockey East team to play in Notre Dame since they joined the conference. The Fighting Irish took the second game of the two-game series on Saturday night in overtime, but failed to score ending in a 2-2 tie. Notre Dame finished the weekend with three points. The Fighting Irish take a trip to Massachusetts this weekend for a two-game series against UMass Lowell starting on Friday night.
3. Boston College (7-2-2, 4-0-1 HEA) – Last Week: 3
Boston College’s weekend started a day early as they faced off against Massachusetts on Thursday night, topping the Minutemen 2-1 in Amherst, Mass. The Eagles came away with the win, even with the controversy surrounding the reversed goal. Boston College wasn’t able to make it a two-game sweep of the Minutemen as they skated to a 2-2 tie on Friday night at home. The Eagles will face Harvard on Wednesday night at the Bright Hockey Center and travel to Maine for a single game on Saturday.
4. Massachusetts Lowell (8-4-0, 2-1-0 HEA) - Last Week: 4
UMass Lowell made it a three-game road trip sweep of non-conference opponents this past week. After topping Princeton University on Tuesday, the River Hawks went on to sweep Penn State University on Thursday and Friday night. The River Hawks have now won seven of their last eight contests. UMass Lowell will welcome Notre Dame to the Tsongas Center, for the team’s first matchup in history, for a two-game series starting on Friday night.
5. New Hampshire (6-5-1, 4-2-0 HEA) – Last Week: 7
New Hampshire seemed to have found their ways and have now four straight victories, including a two-game sweep of the Northeastern Huskies over the weekend. The Wildcats shutout the high scoring Huskies on Friday night on the road and topped Northeastern on Saturday night, 4-1 at home. The Wildcats will square off against the hot Providence College Friars in a two-game road series starting on Friday night. The Friars have only lost a single game this season.
6. Northeastern (6-5-0, 1-4-0 HEA) – Last Week: 5
Northeastern started off with a 5-0-0 record to the 2013-14 season, but have fallen off a bit since. After the Huskies upset the UMass Lowell River Hawks last weekend, they were swept by the New Hampshire Wildcats this past weekend. Northeastern was shutout at home on Friday night and only managed to grab a single goal in a 4-1 loss on Saturday night. The Huskies will face off against a low scoring Merrimack College squad in a home-and-home series this weekend.
7. Boston University (5-6-0, 2-3-0 HEA) – Last Week: 6
Boston University suffered their worst loss in 18 years to start their weekend on Friday night. The Terriers were shutout out by a score of 7-0 against the Maine Black Bears at Alfond Arena in Orono, ME. Boston University was able to slightly rebound on Sunday afternoon defeating Connecticut, a future member of Hockey East, by a score of 4-1. The Terriers will face off in a two-game home series against the tough and highly-ranked North Dakota team this weekend.
8. Maine (5-4-1, 2-2-1 HEA) – Last Week: 9
Maine had their biggest win in a longtime on Saturday night as they shutout the Boston University Terriers. Not only did the Black Bears not allow the Terriers to score a goal, they put up seven themselves. Saturday night’s 7-0 win was Maine’s only game over the past week and will only have a single game this coming weekend as well. The Black Bears will welcome in another Boston school to the Alfond Arena on Saturday night as Boston College makes the trip up north.
9. Vermont (3-5-1, 2-4-0 HEA) – Last Week: 8
Vermont held their own against a tough Providence College team on Friday night, but fell 3-2 to the Friars. In a more lopsided Saturday night game, the Catamounts were shutout 3-0 and found themselves being swept by the No. 3 nationally ranked Providence College Friars. Vermont will play a home-and-home series against Massachusetts this coming weekend starting on Friday night in Amherst, Mass. and finishing up Sunday afternoon at home.
10. Merrimack College (3-6-1, 0-3-1 HEA) – Last Week: 10
Merrimack College was the first Hockey East Association school to make the trip out to play Notre Dame since the Fighting Irish joined the conference. The Warriors were shutout by Notre Dame on Friday night, 4-0, but managed to skate to a 2-2 tie against the Fighting Irish on Saturday night. After their flight’s home were cancelled due to severe weather the Warriors are back home to face Northeastern in a two-game home-and-home series starting Friday night.
11. Massachusetts (3-7-2, 1-4-2 HEA) – Last Week: 11
Massachusetts almost skated to a 2-2 tie against the Boston College Eagles on Thursday night, but after an overturned goal the Minutemen saw their hopes diminish and ended up falling to the Eagles, 2-1. UMass managed to salvage a single point in their home-and-home series with the Eagles, skating to a 2-2 tie in Chestnut Hill on Friday night. The Minutemen will host the Vermont Catamounts in the first part of a home-and-home series on Friday night before traveling up north for the second half on Saturday.
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+.