With only a few weeks left in the regular season, every game counts. This past weekend featured match-ups with great consequences in the Hockey East standings, as well as in the national Pairwise rankings.
Friday, February 22nd, 2013
Maine 2, Massachusetts 0
Martin Ouellette notched his second shutout victory of the year in Maine’s 2-0 win over Massachusetts. Maine’s, freshman forward, Ben Hutton tallied the game-winning-goal in the second period. Hutton also helped on the Mark Anthoine goal in the second period to give the Black Bears the 2-0 lead. This marked Hutton’s first two point game of his Hockey East career. Stu Higgins and Jake Rhutt also added assists on Maine’s two goals. Although Massachusetts has lost 17 times this season, this marks only their third shutout loss.
Providence 6, Northeastern 2
Jon Gillies moved to 12-8-6 on the season in Providences victory over Northeastern in Providence, Rhode Island on Friday night. Gillies stopped 35-of-37 shots fired at him on the night and improving his goals against average to 2.10. Providence’s, Stefan Demopoulos tallied five points on the night. The sophomore netted two goals and three assists, including assisting on Mark Jankowski’s game-winning-goal in the second period. Tim Schaller assisted on four of Providence’s six goals.
New Hampshire 4, Vermont 3
Austin Block tallied two goals in New Hampshire’s 4-3 win over Vermont at Gutterson Fieldhouse, Fright night. Trevor van Riemsdyk assisted on both of Block’s goals, as well as assisting on Matt Willows game-winning power play goal in the third period. New Hampshire’s leading point scorer, Kevin Goumas, added two more assists to his total. Goumas was the secondary assist on Willows’ game-winner. Vermont’s H.T. Lenz scored the games first goal. Nick Bruneteau and Jonathan Turk both scored in the third period, but it wasn’t enough to put Vermont past New Hampshire.
Massachusetts-Lowell 3, Boston University 0
Freshman, Connor Hellebuyck, got the start in net for the UMass-Lowell River Hawks. Hellebuyck would go on to record his third shutout of the season, 3-0. The goaltender extended his winning streak to nine games, dating back to October. Scott Wilson got the scoring started for UMass-Lowell in the second period with a rocket of a shot from the right circle. Joseph Pendenza added a goal in the second and assisted on Riley Wetmore’s goal in the third period. Four other River Hawks also recorded assists on the night. With the win, UMass-Lowell secured the season series win, 2-0-0.
Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
New Hampshire 1, Vermont 1 (OT)
Jacob Fallon got the scoring started for Vermont, only 56 seconds into the second period. Eight minutes later, Trevor van Riemsdyk tallied his fourth point of the weekend and evening the score, 1-1. Three periods and a five minute overtime period weren’t enough to decide a winner and each team took a point from the tie. Vermont goaltender, Brody Hoffman stopped 30-of-31 shots on the night. A good strong tie for Vermont, who is currently fighting for the final playoff spot in Hockey East. New Hampshire wins the season series over Vermont, 2-0-1.
Massachusetts-Lowell 3, Boston University 1
With the season series won, the River Hawks looked to sweep the Terriers and that they did. For the first time since 2000-01, UMass-Lowell swept Boston University in a season series. After the 3-1 win, UMass-Lowell has now won the last four games against Boston University. Connor Hellebuyck started for the fourth straight game and extended his winning streak to 10 games and improving his GAA to 1.53 and his save percentage to .942 on the season. Joseph Pendenza added another two-point night and improved his weekend total to four points. Evan Rodrigues tallied the Terriers only goal on the weekend with a short-handed goal on one of only three shots Boston University took in the third.
Massachusetts 5, Maine 2
Five different Minutemen score for Massachusetts in the 5-2 victory. Branden Gracel and Conor Sheary record a goal and an assist each, while Rocco Carzo and Joel Hanley both recorded two assists a piece. Maine’s two goals were scored by Jake Rhutt and Bill Norman. Massachusetts and Maine end the season series in a tie, 1-1-1. The tie could come into play as both teams are fighting for a playoff spot.
Providence 3, Northeastern 2
Providence took the early lead just under eight minutes into the first period on a Drew Brown goal. Vinny Saponari netted an equalizing goal on a pass from Cody Ferriero and Ryan Belonger. Ross Mauermann tallied his 10th goal of the season in the second and Steven Shemanski put the game away with a game-winning short handed goal in the third period. Josh Mason would score a power play goal for Northeastern at 9:30 in the third period, but too little too late for the Huskies. Jon Gillies stopped 37-of-39 shots on the night. Providence sweeps Northeastern this season and moves into a three-way tie for first place with Boston College and New Hampshire.
Sunday, February 24th, 2013
Boston College 2, Merrimack 1 (OT)
Same teams, same score, different outcome. The roles were reversed in the final match-up between Boston College and Merrimack. Steven Whitney scored the games first goal, putting Boston College on top, 1-0 in the first period. The games lead shooter, Shawn Bates, tallied Merrimack’s only goal six minutes later on one of his 11 shots in the game. A failed 5-on-3 in the third period for Merrimack, forced the two teams to skate in extra time. Half-way through the OT period, Quinn Smith netted a juicy rebound off Sam Marotta’s pad to send the Eagles home with the win, 2-1. Merrimack College out-shot the Eagles, 44-28, including a 20-7 performance in the first period. Boston College wins the season series, 2-1-0.