Hockey East Power Rankings: 2/12/13

Winter Storm Nemo hit New England with some force. The in-climate weather forced Hockey East to postpone a number of games. With only a number of weeks remaining in the regular season, the teams will square off in some mid-week matchups in the next few weeks. With the postponements, only three Hockey East conference games were played.

1. Boston College (17-7-2, 12-6-1 HEA) – Last Week: 2
The Eagles were set to square off against Massachusetts-Lowell at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill on Friday night, but the game was one of the casualties of Winter Storm Nemo. Boston College instead rested and practiced for the teams Beanpot Championship Game against Northeastern University. Boston College tallied six goals in the victory over Northeastern and earned their 18th Beanpot Title.

2. University of New Hampshire (16-7-3, 11-6-2 HEA) – Last Week: 1
New Hampshire was supposed to play two this weekend against Providence College. Instead had the teams Friday Night game moved until this coming Wednesday, February 13th. In Sunday’s matchup, New Hampshire took the 2-1 lead over Providence 30 seconds into the second period, but less than five minutes later Providence evened the score at 2-2. The Friars took the lead once again with just over ten minutes remaining in regulation, but once again UNH clawed back and tied the game up, 3-3. Neither team was able to net the game winner and they skated to a 3-3 tie. New Hampshire now has lost and tied in its past two games.

3. Merrimack College (13-10-5, 11-6-2 HEA) – Last Week: 3
The Warriors were luck enough to have their contest against Massachusetts only delay by a day, pushing their 4:00 p.m. Saturday game to Sunday at the same time. Merrimack has only lost once in the past eight games (7-1-1), wining the last four at home. Massachusetts didn’t get in Merrimack’s way, losing to the Warriors 4-2 on Sunday afternoon. Merrimack has turned their season around and has put themselves into a position to have home ice advantage in the playoffs.

4. Massachusetts-Lowell (14-9-2, 8-8-2 HEA) – Last Week: 4
Winter Storm Nemo gave UMass-Lowell had the weekend off. The only game the team had scheduled was against Boston College on Friday, but the game was postponed to Tuesday, February 26th. The River Hawks will look to use the weekend off as leverage for the remainder of the season. Lowell now has eight games in 17 days. If they want to keep in the running for home ice advantage, the River Hawks need to play some great hockey.

5. Providence College (10-10-6, 8-6-5 HEA) – Last Week: 6
The Friars have tied three straight games. In all three games, Providence was in the lead only to see it squandered away. The positive thought is that at least a tie is a point and the Friars have a three game point streak. This past Sunday, Providence’s, Nick Saracino notched his first career three point game with two goals and an assist in the tie. Providence will look finish the season series on Wednesday at home against UNH.

6. Boston University (13-12-1, 10-7-1 HEA) – Last Week: 5
The Terriers have been in a slump since getting back from the winter break. Boston University has only had a single victory in the teams last seven games (1-5-1). After losing last week to Northeastern in the first round of the Beanpot, BU saw themselves in the consolation game against Harvard of the ECAC. Harvard only has six wins on the season and in the early game Monday night, the Crimson got its second victory of the season against BU, beating the Terriers, 7-4. Boston University is in a rough spot to have to win a lot of the remaining games if they want to host the first round of the Hockey East playoffs.

7. Massachusetts (10-13-2, 7-10-1 HEA) – Last Week: 7
The Minutemen have been sitting in the middle of the pack most of the season, just getting into the Hockey East playoffs, but not getting home ice. This past weekend, UMass fell to the streaking Merrimack Warriors, 4-2. Brendan Gracel extended his point streak to three games with a first period goal this past Sunday. Unless UMass loses a few games in a row, they will finish the season in seventh or eighth place.

8. University of Vermont (8-14-4, 5-10-4 HEA) – Last Week: 9
Vermont entered Saturday night in a must win situation. The Catamounts currently sit in the last playoff spot in Hockey East with Maine right behind them. Vermont stopped Maine’s point streak at four games, shutting out the Black Bears, 3-0. Vermont won the season series, 2-0-1. This puts the Catamounts in a great position to finish the season right above Maine for the final playoff spot.

9. University of Maine (8-15-5, 4-10-5 HEA) – Last Week: 8
Maine had a four game point streak entering this weekend. Vermont got in the way of that, beating Maine, 3-0. Maine lost the season series to Vermont (0-2-1) and put themselves in a bad position for the last playoff spot in Hockey East. Maine faces Boston University, Massachusetts, Northeastern and New Hampshire all twice to finish off the season. Things don’t look good for Maine.

10. Northeastern University (8-14-3, 4-11-3 HEA) – Last Week: 10
After beating Boston University last Monday night to have a chance at the Beanpot title, Northeastern fell to Boston College in the Championship, 6-3. The brightest spark on Northeastern is the outstanding play from rookie, Kevin Roy. The Northeastern forward scored five goals during the Beanpot, earning himself the Most Valuable Player award. Roy’s five goals were all scored consecutively. Don’t count out the Huskies just yet.

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