Hockey East Weekly: 10/17/11

BOSTON — All three of Hockey East’s new coaches were victorious for the first time over the weekend, as league schools finished 5-2-1 during a hearty schedule of non-conference games.

In their first two games of the season under new bench boss Nate Leaman, Hockey East Player of the Week Myles Harvey and the Providence Friars captured a pair of wins over conference foes Boston University and Massachusetts.

An Orlando, Fla. native, Harvey scored three goals on three shots during the weekend, including the game-winner in a 5-3 victory against the now No. 7/8 Terriers on Friday night. PC’s win, which was its third consecutive season opening victory and first over BU since Feb. 19, 2010, featured four freshman goal scorers.

Alex Beaudry posted 22 saves for the victorious Friars, while Kieran Millan made 25 saves for the Terriers in defeat as three different BU skaters posted goals.

Friar sophomore Derek Army scored twice while Beaudry stopped 22 shots in a 6-4 win over UMass on Saturday at Schneider Arena. Senior Danny Hobbs scored twice for the Minutemen and T.J. Syner dished out three assists.

UMass posted 47 shots on goal in a 5-3 victory over the Bentley Falcons at Mullins Center on Friday night, their most since Oct. 31, 2009. Sophomore Michael Pereira posted a hat trick and an assist, while rookie Kevin Boyle was victorious in net.

The Mass Attack will play one game this weekend — a Friday contest against Boston College at Kelley Rink. Providence will host defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth in a two-game series this weekend.

With two wins on the season in league play, the Friars lead Northeastern by one point in the standings after the Huskies — in their first win under new head coach and alumnus Jim Madigan — bounced New Hampshire by a 4-0 score at Matthews Arena on Friday.

Junior Chris Rawlings pitched his ninth career shutout with a 27-save performance to tie Brad Thiessen’s previous mark, set from 2006-09. For his efforts in his 69th-career game, the North Delta, B.C. native was named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week.

Sophomore Zak Stone netted his first collegiate goal and captain Mike McLaughlin also found the back of the net in Northeastern’s 250th-ever conference win.

The Huskies will play a pair of pivotal conference games this weekend as they head to North Andover to face No. 13 Merrimack on Friday night before welcoming in the No. 1/2 Boston College Eagles on Saturday.

Speaking of the Warriors, they were victorious in their home opener on Saturday night at Lawler Arena as sophomore Rhett Bly and junior John Heffernan each posted multiple points in a 3-2 win over Army, which was the program’s 13th in a row over the Black Knights.

Merrimack hosts Northeastern on Friday to open the school’s Homecoming Weekend schedule, while a match with Connecticut caps off the Saturday slate.

UMass-Lowell swept a weekend series over Minnesota State in Mankato as the River Hawks won the first two regular-season games in the coaching career of former player Norm Bazin. The River Hawks face Connecticut this Tuesday in a game at Conway Arena in Nashua, N.H.

Junior Riley Wetmore scored two goals and Hockey East Rookie of the Week Terrence Wallin also scored a goal and two assists as UML earned a 4-2 win last Friday night. Brian Robbins earned his first collegiate victory with a 25-save effort.

Sophomore Derek Arnold scored two goals and added an assist to lead UML to its second-straight win, 4-1, on Saturday as Doug Carr earned his first triumph with a 24-save performance.

After being shut out for the second straight game on Friday, New Hampshire closed a scoreless streak of just over two games (122:24) with a Nick Sorkin first-period goal in Saturday’s 5-1 loss to Boston College at Whittemore Center.

The Eagles, who face UMass and Northeastern in the upcoming weekend, kept their six-game unbeaten streak in Durham alive as junior Parker Milner made 39 saves. UNH, which heads to St. Cloud State this weekend, is 0-3 over its first three games for the first time since 1988-89.

No. 3 Denver took on Commonwealth Avenue this weekend and split their weekend series against Green Line rivals Boston College and Boston University.

Second-year Eagle Kevin Hayes and senior Barry Almeida each notched two points, but the Pioneers were 4-2 winners on Friday at a sold-out Kelley Rink. BC junior Parker Milner registered 18 saves in the losing effort, which was BC’s first home-opening loss since 2005. Adam Murray posted 21 saves in the victory for Denver.

No. 7/8 BU posted its second win of the season, surviving a late-game comeback from Denver for a 4-3 win at Agganis Arena. BU was led by Kieran Millan’s 35 saves, but the offense scored four consecutive goals to open the scoring. Top-liners Drew Shore and Luke Salazar paced Denver with third-period scores. The Terriers return to action Saturday night when they host Holy Cross.

No. 18 Maine snuck out a tie over a pair of games at No. 5/6 North Dakota this weekend as Ryan Hegarty tallied the game-tying goal at 12:18 of the third in a 3-3 Saturday night tie. Maine was backstopped by sophomore Dan Sullivan’s 24-save performance in goal. On Friday, senior Spencer Abbott scored the lone goal for Maine in a 3-1 loss.

After competing in its third-ever series at Grand Forks’ Ralph Englestad Arena, Maine returns to action on Oct. 28 when it opens a two-game set with Providence.

Vermont opens its regular season with a two-game series at Minnesota this weekend. Both games, on Friday and Sunday, will be televised live on NESN. The Catamounts dropped a 2-1 exhibiton contest against the U.S. Under-18 Team on Saturday at Gutterson Fieldhouse with senior defenseman Drew MacKenzie scoring the lone goal.

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