This past week saw a few Hockey East teams with upset wins and a great number of quality games. Additionally, two Hockey East schools pushed their winless streaks to seven games and for the first time this season there is a tie in the power rankings.
As we approach winter breaks, some teams are starting to find their place in the power rankings, while others seemed to move up and down.
1. Providence College (11-2-2, 6-2-0 HEA) – Last Week: 1
Providence College continues to play great hockey. The Friars skated to a 3-3 tie in Quinnipiac last week and defeated Brown on Saturday, 3-2. Providence will play at Matthews against Northeastern on Friday before taking a few weeks off for winter break.
2. Massachusetts Lowell (11-4-0, 4-1-0 HEA) – Last Week: 3
UMass Lowell is definitely moving in the right direction after a rough start to the 2013-14 season. After having last weekend off, the River Hawks topped the American International College Yellow Jackets on Tuesday night, 6-1. UMass Lowell heads to Maine for single game on Sunday afternoon against the Black Bears before a winter break.
3. Boston College (8-4-2, 4-1-1 HEA) – Last Week: 2
Boston College has another bad week with another bad loss. The Eagles were defeated by Holy Cross on Saturday night, 5-4 in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Boston College has now had two bad losses in back-to-back weekends. The Eagles will play a home-and-home series against New Hampshire this weekend.
4. New Hampshire (9-7-1, 5-3-0 HEA) – Last Week: 4
After losing to Harvard midweek last week, New Hampshire rebounded with a two-game sweep of Colorado College in Colorado over the weekend. The Wildcats will play a home-and-home series this weekend starting on Friday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
5. Notre Dame (9-6-1, 2-3-1 HEA) – Last Week: 5
Notre Dame beat Alabama-Huntsville in the first game of the Shillelagh Tournament, but were upset by fellow Hockey East school Northeastern in their second game. Although the loss was non-conference it is still the Fighting Irish’s third loss in their last four games. Notre Dame will welcome Massachusetts for two games this coming weekend.
6. Northeastern (9-5-1, 3-4-0 HEA) – Last Week: 7
Northeastern skated to a 1-1 tie with Western Michigan in the first game of the Shillelagh Tournament, but moved on to the Championship after winning in a shootout. The Huskies then topped the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to win the Shillelagh Tournament and move to a four-game streak without a loss. Northeastern will face Providence at home this weekend.
7. Maine (6-6-1, 3-2-1 HEA) – Last Week: 6
Maine was on a good little two-game run topping Boston University and Boston College on back-to-back weekends at home. However, on the road this past weekend Maine was swept in non-conference games by the Vermont Catamounts. Maine will face UMass Lowell at Alfond Arena on Sunday.
8. Boston University (7-6-1, 2-3-0 HEA) – Last Week: 8
Boston University defeated Cornell to win Red Hockey Hockey at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY over the weekend. The Terriers seemed to have rebounded from their awful loss to Maine a few weeks ago and are moving in the right direction. Boston University will play a home-and-home series against Merrimack this weekend.
9. Vermont (7-5-1, 4-4-0 HEA) – Last Week: 9
Vermont picked up a two-game sweep of the Maine Black Bears in non-conference action over the weekend. The Catamounts have now won four games in a row and are holding their own. Vermont will have this coming weekend off before facing St. Lawrence the following weekend.
T-10. Massachusetts (3-10-2, 1-6-2 HEA) – Last Week: 10
Massachusetts was defeated by Quinnipiac over the weekend, 1-6 and have now been without a win over their last seven games. The Minutemen will take a trip to Notre Dame to face the Fighting Irish in a two-game series over the weekend.
T-10. Merrimack College (3-9-1, 0-5-1 HEA) – Last Week: 11
Merrimack College took last season’s National Champion Yale Bulldogs into overtime over the weekend but was unable to pick up the win. The Bulldogs topped the Warriors in OT. The Warriors have been winless in their last seven games. Merrimack will play Boston University in a home-and-home series this 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+.