The Hockey East Tournament officially got underway this past Thursday. The four top-seed teams played host to the first round of the tournament. Best two out of three to decide who gets to move on to the TD Garden in Boston, Mass. next weekend. Only one series needed the third game, with the other three sweeping their respective series.
Thursday, March 14th, 2013
(1) Massachusetts-Lowell 4, (8) University of Maine 2
Maine’s Jake Rutt got the scoring started in the first period, but the Black Bears were unable to keep the lead. Scott Wilson would tally back-to-back goals in the second and third periods, putting the River Hawks up, 2-1. Joseph Pendenza and Josh Holmstrom would each score a goal in the third period, while Maine would try and get something started with a extra attacker goal by Devin Shore. However, the Black Bears didn’t do enough to beat the top seed. UMass Lowell took the series lead, 1-0.
Friday, March 15th, 2013
(4) Providence College 3, (5) University of New Hampshire 2
Nick Saracino scored two goals, including the game-winning-goal, in Providence’s Friday night win over New Hampshire, 3-2. Saracino also assisted on John Gilmour’s second period goal, giving him three points on the night. Grayson Downing had a goal and an assist for New Hampshire, while Austin Block would also score a goal. Jon Gillies stopped 35-of-37 shots from the Wildcats, giving the Friars a 1-0 advantage in the series.
(2) Boston College 4, (7) University of Vermont 2
Brooks Dyroff gave Boston College the lead in the first period and the Eagles never looked back. Michael Matheson, Cam Spiro and Johnny Gaudreau all score goals for Boston College, while Ben Albertson and Matt White tallied goals for Vermont. Parker Milner stopped 24-of-26 shots on net. The Eagles would take a 1-0 lead in the quarterfinals series.
Massachusetts-Lowell 2, University of Maine 1 (OT)
It took 27:51 for the first goal to be scored, but Maine would take the lead first, for the second night in a row, on a Devin Shore power play goal. Maine’s Joey Diamond was assessed 22-minutes of penalties on Friday night, including two five-minute majors and a game disqualification. His inability to check his temper, had him sitting in the visiting dressing room for the last 22-minutes of his Hockey East career. Michael Fallon tallied a third period goal, to even the score at 1-1. It would take 1:50 of extra time for the River Hawks’ Derek Arnold to net the game-winning and series-winning goal.
Massachusetts-Lowell wins series, 2-0.
(3) Boston University 3, (6) Merrimack College 0
On Monday, Boston University head coach Jack Parker announced his plans to retire following this season. This is the final chance the Terriers have to give him one last shot at the Hockey East title. Wade Megan tallied the games first goal, 6:10 into the second period. Megan’s goal would end up being the game-winner, as Merrimack College was unable to score on Sean Maguire. The BU net-minder stopped all 45 shots in Friday night’s win over Merrimack, 3-0. Matt Nieto had a goal and an assist, while Ryan Santana tallied a goal. The Terriers took a 1-0 lead in the series.
Saturday, March 16th, 2013
University of New Hampshire 4, Providence College 1
After a stellar night on Friday for Jon Gillies, Saturday night wasn’t his best. Matt Willows tallied his first career hat-trick for the Wildcats, which proved to be too much for the Friars. Jeff Silengo also scored for New Hampshire, while Nick Saracino added his third goal of the weekend. Gillies would even get an assists on Saracino’s goal. UNH’s win tied the series, 1-1.
Boston University 5, Merrimack College 3
Merrimack was able to score on Sean Maguire Saturday night and got the scoring started on a Shawn Bates goal in the first period. However, Boston University was able to put more pucks into the net. Matt Nieto, Cason Hohmann, Sam Kurker and Ben Rosen were all able to score goals on Sam Marotta. Sahir Gill added an empty-netter towards then end, sealing the deal for the Terriers. Boston University advances to the Garden.
Boston University wins series, 2-0.
Boston College 4, University of Vermont 1
Steven Whitney, Pat Mullane and Johnny Gaudreau all recorded a goal and an assist in Boston College’s 4-1 victory over Vermont on Saturday night. Matt White tallied Vermont’s only goal in the third period, but it was too little too late for the Catamounts. Vermont was only able to fire 17 shots on net, in the loss. Boston College moves past Vermont.
Boston College wins series, 2-0.
Sunday, March 17th, 2013
Providence College 3, University of New Hampshire 2
In the only series to go three-games, Providence and New Hampshire were in the spotlight on Sunday afternoon. Only 1:31 into the first period, Mark Jankowski put the Friars on the board. John Henrion and Grayson Downing would score back-to-back Wildcat goals, giving them the lead, 2-1. However, after Tim Schaller knotted things up at 2-2, Nick Saracino tallied his fourth goal on the weekend and sending the Friars to the Garden next weekend.
Providence College wins series, 2-1.
Justin Soderberg is a Hockey East writer for InsideHockey.com. Follow him on Twitter, ‘Like’ him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google. In addition, Justin covers the UMass-Lowell River Hawks at viewfrom123.com.