Hockey East Weekend Roundup: 3/4/13

After a great weekend of Hockey East hockey, the UMass-Lowell Rivers sit in first place with New Hampshire a point behind them. Merrimack losses two and Northeastern may have seen their playoff chances go up in flames.

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Boston College 3, Providence 2
The Eagles took the lead 2:30 into the second period and never looked back. Boston College forward, Steven Whitney tallied two points on a second period assist and what would be the game-winning-goal. Michael Matheson tallied two assists and a goal for three points. Ross Mauermann had two points, including a shorthanded goal in the second for Providence.

Massachusetts-Lowell 4, Merrimack 0
Connor Hellebuyck recorded his fourth shutout of the season and his 12th straight win in the 4-0 victory for UMass-Lowell. Freshman, Adam Chapie tallied the game-winning-goal in the second period on pass from Jake Suter and Colin Wright. Derek Arnold netted two goals, including a empty net goal in the third period. Ryan McGrath assisted on both of Arnold’s goals for two points. Joseph Pendenza assisted on Wright’s empty net goal in the third period to extend his point streak to seven games.

Maine 3, Northeastern 1
What was probably one of the most important series of the weekend, Maine kept their playoff chances alive while pushing Northeastern one step closer to staying home. Vinny Saponari tallied a second period goal, but that would end up being the only goal scored by the Huskies. Kyle Beattie, Ben Hutton and Mark Anthoine would all tally goals in the third period to give Maine the victory, 3-1.

Massachusetts 2, New Hampshire 2 (OT)
UMass thought they were skating away with the 2-1 win over New Hampshire, however with only 0:04 left in the game, John Henrion netted the equalizer and sending the teams in overtime tied, 2-2. Neither team were able to tally the game-winner during the extra time and each team skated away with a point. Michael Pereira and Eddie Olczyk both scored for UMass, while Matt Willows scored the other goal for New Hampshire. Kevin Goumas added two assists as well.

Boston University 3, Vermont 1
Vermont’s Chris McCarthy net the games first goal in the first period, however Matt Neito would tally the next three goals for Boston University and in the end give the Terriers the win, 3-1. Danny O’Regan and Evan Rodrigues each had assists on two of Neito goals. Sean Maguire stopped 49-of-50 shots Vermont fired at him, including 22 in the third period.

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Providence 5, Boston College 1
Providence got the scoring started in the first on a Noel Acciari goal. Accari would net a shorthanded goal in third as well. Boston College only fired 18 shots on net, however Jon Gillies stopped all but one. Chris Rooney added two points on a goal and an assist. Boston College and Providence finish the season, 1-1-1.

Northeastern 4, Maine 4 (OT)
Northeastern need a win on Saturday night, but wasn’t able to do it. Six out of the eight goals scored in the game were tallied while on the power play, ugly special teams for both squads. Colton Saucerman and Vinny Saponari both had three points for Northeastern, while Cody Ferriero had two. Joey Diamond and Stu Higgins tallied two helpers, while Ryan Lomberg netted a goal and recorded an assist for Maine. Chris Rawlings gave up all four goals, Brian Mountain relived him and stopped all 30 shots fired at him.

New Hampshire 4, Massachusetts 0
John Henrion was responsable for three-of-four goals for New Hampshire on Saturday night and giving him a four-goal weekend. Matt Willows scored for the second night in a row giving the Wildcats the win, 4-0. Casey DeSmith stopped all 25 shots for his fifth shutout of the season. New Hampshire moved into sole possession of first place in Hockey East, at least for Saturday night.

Vermont 5, Boston University 2
Matt White tallied a shorthanded goal only 3:24 into the first period and Brett Bruneteau scored the second, putting Vermont up 2-0. Just before the end of the first period, Matt Nieto tallied his fourth goal of the weekend, cutting the lead to 2-1. Michael Paliotta netted what would become the game-winning-goal 39 seconds into the second period. Garrett Noonan tallied a shorthanded goal in the third period, but Boston University was unable to stage a comeback. Chris McCarthy had three points on the night, a goal and two assists.

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Massachusetts-Lowell 3, Merrimack 1
In Merrimack College’s fourth consecutive Sunday afternoon game, they couldn’t match the streaking UMass-Lowell River Hawks. Josh Holmstrom tallied two goals in the first on seven of the teams 20 shots, including the first power play goal Merrimack has given up at home in the year 2013. Greg Amlong netted his first career Hockey East goal on a pass from Joseph Pendenza. The assist for Pendenza extend his point streak to eight games. Shawn Bates tallied Merrimack’s only goal in the third period. Connor Hellebuyck won his last 13 straight games, which is a UMass-Lowell Division I record. With the win, the River Hawks moved up into sole possession of first place in Hockey East, which is the latest the team has ever been along up top.

Justin Soderberg is a Hockey East writer for InsideHockey.com. Follow him on Twitter and add him to your network on Google. In addition, Justin covers the UMass-Lowell River Hawks at viewfrom123.com.

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