Winter Storm Nemo put a damper on a great weekend of hockey. The terrible New England storm forced Hockey East to postpone a number of games to later dates. Therefor the weekend only featured three games, one on Saturday night and two on Sunday afternoon.
Saturday, February 9th, 2013
University of Vermont 3, University of Maine 0
Maine entered Saturday night on a four game point streak (3-0-1). In order for Maine to keep on the run they were on, they would need to go into Burlington, Vermont and come out with points. That just didn’t happen. The Black Bears couldn’t even manage to score points, in the game. Vermont’s Kyle Reynolds started the scoring just before the first intermission and the Catamounts never looked back. Reynolds also added Vermont’s second goal, while Chris McCarthy tallied the games final goal, but had a hand in the first two. Vermont moved back in front of Maine in the Hockey East standings after the win, putting Maine back in a real hard position to make the playoffs. Maine welcomes Boston University into Alfond Arena for a pair this weekend. These games are easy wins for BU, who are currently struggling to win. Vermont heads to Boston for a pair against the cellar dwelling Northeastern Huskies.
Sunday, February 10th, 2013
Providence College 3, University of New Hampshire 3 (OT)
New Hampshire has not played their best hockey against the Friars of Providence College. Back on January 19th, the Wildcats were unable to manage a comeback and lost the season series opener, 5-6. New Hampshire skated into Sunday’s game having lost big to the Merrimack College Warriors last weekend. Providence skated to the teams second straight tie, last weekend the Friars tied Maine, 2-2. With this tie, New Hampshire opened the door for Merrimack to move into a second place tie with them. Merrimack won the season series against New Hampshire, putting the in place to take second if the season ended today. New Hampshire heads to Providence Wednesday night to make up the game that was postponed Friday night due to the weather.
Merrimack College 4, University of Massachusetts 2
In a game that was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday night, the Merrimack College Warriors saw themselves moving into a tie, with New Hampshire, for second place in the Hockey East standings. Merrimack got the scoring started in the first period on a Justin Mansfield goal, but Branden Gracel extended his scoring streak to three games with a shorthanded goal just over three minutes later. UMass took the lead in the second, but couldn’t hold on. Rhett Bly tallied an assist on the final Merrimack goal in what was his 100th career game for the Warriors. Merrimack has not allowed a goal at home while on the penalty kill in 2013, going 24-for-24. Merrimack will be put to a big test Friday night when they welcome Boston College into Lawler Arena. Merrimack looks to extend their current four game home winning streak on Friday against Boston College. Massachusetts will play a home-and-home against their in state rivals, UMass-Lowell.