Coming into this weekend, UMass-Lowell hadn’t lost in 11 straight games, Maine still hadn’t won at Alfond Arena and New Hampshire had only lost once on a Saturday. The Hockey East standings are shaping up to be a fight to the end.
Friday, February 1st, 2013
Massachusetts 5, Boston University 1
On the night of Matt Nieto’s 100th career game, senior foward, Michael Pereira’s tallied a career high four points (2g, 2a) as the Minutemen upset Boston University, 5-1. BU’s only point came at 15:38 in the third period on Ben Rosen’s first career short-handed goal. Massachusetts’ junior forward, Branden Gracel, tallied three points on a goal and two assists. UMass’ line of Pereira, Gracel and Conor Sheary were responsible for eight of the Minutemen’s four points against BU. This was the finale matchup of the season series between these two teams. Boston University lost the battle, but won the war, 2-1.
Providence College 2, University of Maine 2 (OT)
Mark Jankowksi and Derek Army put Providence College out the the 2-0 lead with 13:05 left in the third period. Maine’s hottest player at the moment, Joey Diamond, had something to say about that, giving Maine a fighting chance. Diamond netted a short-handed goal at 12:37 in the third, cutting the Friars lead in half. With only three minutes remaining, Diamond tallied his second goal of the game, a power play goal, tying the game at 2-2. Overtime wasn’t enough to settle the score, so the two teams skated to a tie. Providence wins the season series, 2-0-1.
Merrimack College 1, Massachusetts-Lowell 0
UMass-Lowell was on an unbeaten streak coming into Friday night’s game, but was unable to put the puck past Sam Marotta. The two teams were scoreless going into the third period, when Justin Hussar netted the games only goal and ended the River Hawks unbeaten streak at 11. Sam Marotta saved all 25 shots for the shutout victory. UMass-Lowell went 0 for 8 while on the power play. Merrimack’s penalty kill has not given up a goal at home in 2013, the team is 21-for-21. Merrimack pulled out the win to give Mark Dennehy’s his 100th victory with Merrimack College.
University of New Hampshire 3, Northeastern University 1
Northeastern welcomed New Hampshire into Matthews Arena on Friday night for the finale game of the season series. New Hampshire took the lead in the second period and never looked back. In front of Casey DeSmith’s season high, 47 saves, the Wildcats were able to pull out a 3-1 victory. A bright moment for the Huskies came when Vinny Saponari netted the teams only goal of the game and extending his point streak to five games. Northeastern would lose the season series to UNH, 2-0-1. The Huskies now sit alone in last.
Boston College 4, University of Vermont 1
The Eagles of Boston College came into Friday night on a two game losing streak and losing four out of the last five. Last weekend Boston College was embarrassed by Maine, who out scored them, 7-2. Things looked bad for BC at the beginning of this game against Vermont, but in the end they were able to secure the victory. Vermont’s goaltender, Brody Hoffman, made his 25th consecutive start between the pipes for Vermont, although he got the loss. Vermont’s only goal came from Anders Franzon at 4:14 in the first period, it was Franzon’s first of his career. This only being the first game between these two teams, they will face off twice more in March.
Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
Merrimack College 4, University of New Hampshire 1
New Hampshire managed to fire 52 shots at Sam Marotta in the Wildcats 4-1 loss on Saturday night. Marrota saved all but one of the shot, giving him a career high 51 saves on the night and first star honors. Merrimack junior forward, Shawn Bates tallied, also a career high, two goals and, senior forward, Mike Collins netted a goal and an assist. The Warriors managed to be one of the few teams to put a puck into the net while on the power play against New Hampshire. The Wildcats move to 77 of 80 (92.8%) on the penalty kill. New Hampshire’s lone goal was scored by Jeff Silengo. Merrimack wins the season series over New Hampshire, 2-1.
Sunday, February 3rd, 2013
University of Maine 4, Massachusetts-Lowell 3 (OT)
The River Hawks of UMass-Lowell took the 4+ hour hike to Orono, Maine for a Super Bowl Sunday matchup. Maine has gone 12 home games at Alfond Arena without being able to pick up a victory, 0-8-4. Maine senior captain, Joey Diamond, got the scoring started in the first and ended the game in overtime with a nifty move past, UMass-Lowell goaltender, Doug Carr. Diamond has now scored six goals in his last five games. With the victory Maine moved to 1-8-4 on the season at Alfond Arena. Riley Wetmore and Ryan McGrath, of UMass-Lowell, as well as Ryan Lomberg and Jake Rutt, of Maine, all managed to tally power play goals in the second period. UMass-Lowell’s Michael Fallon netted his first career goal in the first period, as the River Hawks dropped the second game this past weekend. Maine wins the season series over UMass-Lowell, 2-1.