After a weekend that saw Boston University get swept by UMass-Lowell, a huge overtime win for Boston College over Merrimack College, and Vermont tie New Hampshire, things are getting interesting in the Hockey East standings. A UMass-Lowell win and a Merrimack College tie, puts a five-way tie for first place in the Hockey East standings. That means half the teams in Hockey East would be tied for first, an unbelievable scenario at this late stage in the season.
1. Boston College (18-8-3, 13-7-2 HEA) – Last Week: 1
The Eagles are in a three-way tie for first place in the Hockey East standings. Quinn Smith netted the game winner in overtime for Boston College in the 2-1 win over Merrimack on Sunday. Parker Milner stopeed 44-of-45 shots against Merrimack on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles currently sit in fourth in the Pairwise.
2. University of New Hampshire (17-8-5, 12-7-4 HEA) – Last Week: 3
Austin Block tallied two goals in New Hampshire’s 4-3 win over Vermont on Friday and Trevor van Riemsdyk tallied his fourth point of the weekend in the 1-1 tie with Vermont on Saturday night. The Wildcats skated away with three points from Vermont on the weekend. New Hampshire sits fifth in the Pairwise rankings.
3. University of Massachusetts-Lowell (18-9-2, 12-8-2 HEA) – Last Week: 4
UMass-Lowell completed the season series sweep of Boston University this weekend. Shutting-out the Terriers 3-0 on Friday and dominated Boston University on Saturday night, 3-1, out-shooting the Terriers 39-16. Joseph Pendenza tallied four points over the weekend on two goals and two assists. Connor Hellebuyck recorded his third shutout of the season on Friday night.
4. Merrimack College (14-11-6, 12-7-3 HEA) – Last Week: 2
The Warriors entered the weekend in first place and after Sunday’s loss against Boston College they sit in fourth. Shawn Bates, tallied Merrimack’s only goal on Sunday, however he fired 11 shots at Parker Milner. Merrimack’s loss set them back in the Pairwise to 22.
5. Providence College (13-10-7, 11-6-6 HEA) – Last Week: 5
Providence swept Northeastern this weekend. Friday night Jon Gillies stopped 35-of-37 shots, while Stefan Demopoulos tallied five points and Tim Schaller assisted on four of Providence’s six goals in the 6-3 win. Saturday night’s 3-2 victory moves them into a three-way tie for first place with Boston College and New Hampshire. Providence sits at 26th in the Pairwise.
6. Boston University (14-14-2, 11-9-2 HEA) – Last Week: 6
Boston University was only able to tally a single goal, by Evan Rodrigues, the entire weekend. The Terriers were swept by UMass-Lowell and pushed into sixth place in the Hockey East standings. With the pair of losses, Boston University’s season record sits at .500 with a 14-14-2 record. The Terriers fell to 23rd in the Pairwise rankings.
7. University of Vermont (10-15-5, 7-11-5 HEA) – Last Week: 7
H.T. Lenz,Nick Bruneteau and Jonathan Turk all tallied goals in Friday night’s 4-3 loss to New Hampshire. Jacob Fallon scored Vermont’s only goal in Saturday night’s 1-1 tie with New Hampshire. Vermont sits just inside the final playoff spot, but has Boston University and Boston College coming up.
8. University of Massachusetts (11-17-2, 8-14-1 HEA) – Last Week: 8
UMass split the weekend series with Maine, a 2-0 shutout loss on Friday and a 5-2 win on Saturday. Five different Minutemen scored for Massachusetts on Saturday night and kept them above Maine in the standings. UMass sits on the bubble and potentially could miss the playoffs.
9. University of Maine (9-17-6, 5-12-6 HEA) – Last Week: 9
Martin Ouellette notched his second shutout victory of the year in Maine’s 2-0 win over Massachusetts, Friday night. Then on Saturday night got beat badly, 5-2. Maine is fighting for the last playoff spot and the last couple weekend series’ will be big. They face Northeastern this weekend.
10. Northeastern University (9-18-3, 5-15-3 HEA) – Last Week: 10
Northeastern was swept by Providence this weekend, 6-2 on Friday and 3-2 on Saturday. Northeastern is as close to being out of the Hockey East playoffs as you can be. If they go into Maine this weekend and take three points, they still have a chance, if not they will be done.