BOSTON — A sold-out crowd got to witness a pair of classic battles as part of the second-ever Sun Life Frozen Fenway on Saturday and coming off such success, all four Boston schools will be in action for a trio of “Beanpot preview” games this weekend.
Hockey East Teams of the Week Maine and Massachusetts were overtime winners on Saturday evening on Yawkey Way, beating their arch-rivals in the league’s new outdoor showcase.
Senior Michael Marcou’s power goal with 22.3 seconds left lifted the Minutemen — which are now 3-1-2 since the start of December — to a 3-2 victory over a struggling Vermont squad in the opening game. Sophomore Jeff Teglia made 24 saves and earned his first-collegiate win.
UVM senior Sebastian Stalberg and sophomore Nick Bruneteau notched a pair of assists each. UMass’ win was the third game in the last four head-to-head meetings that was decided by a single goal.
In the nightcap, local hero and Maine senior Brian Flynn scored the winner at 1:29 of overtime to lead the Black Bears to a 5-4 win over arch-rival New Hampshire. UNH sophomore Kevin Goumas led the Wildcats with two goals in the contest.
Combined with a 3-1 win over UVM on Wednesday at Alfond Arena, Maine extended its winning streak to four games. Junior Joey Diamond scored three goals and added two assists, including scoring twice on Saturday at Fenway, to earn conference Player of the Week honors.
Maine will travel to No. 7 Merrimack for a weekend series at Lawler Arena, while UNH travels to Providence’s Schneider Arena on Wednesday and takes on Dartmouth in the RiverStone Cup in Manchester on Saturday.
UMass will face a tough test in No. 4 Boston College on Friday — a team that the Minutemen knocked off at Mullins Center on Nov. 5. Vermont welcomes No. 11 UMass-Lowell and Providence to Gutterson Field House on Friday and Sunday, respectively.
The Warriors had a down weekend, taking just one of four total points against No. 4 BC and No. 6 BU. Sunday’s 2-2 tie at Boston College gave the MC senior class its first-ever point at Kelley Rink — an arena in which the Warriors have gone 0-22-2 in since Oct. 31, 1997.
Sophomore forward Sahir Gill registered a goal and an assist as BU downed Merrimack by a 4-2 count Friday at Agganis Arena. Brendan Ellis notched two assists for the Warriors in the loss, while Josh Myers scored his first-career goal.
On Sunday, Connor Toomey scored both Warrior goals to earn conference Rookie of the Week honors. The Billerica, Mass. native was also a healthy scratch at BU on Friday. Junior Brian Dumoulin notched a pair of assists for the Eagles as they held on to earn a valuable point in the end.
Following a trek to UMass on Friday, the Eagles return home on Saturday to face Northeastern as part of Frozen Fenway’s Boston Rivalries Day.
The Terriers — led by senior Kieran Millan’s season-best 42 saves on Friday for Defensive Player of the Week honors — will travel across town to Matthews Arena on Friday before heading back across town to Harvard’s Bright Hockey Center for another Beanpot semifinal preview.
The U.S. Under-18 Team put up a 1-0-1 weekend in Boston as they defeated Northeastern on Saturday and came back for a 3-3 tie Sunday at BU.
Junior forward Garrett Vermeersch had a goal and two assists for the Huskies in a 7-4 loss, while sophomore Matt Nieto had a goal and an assist the following night for BU.
Providence and UMass skated to an entertaining 4-4 tie on Thursday night, which saw Minuteman senior Danny Hobbs score the equalizer with 37 seconds remaining. No Friar skater scored multiple points, but Stefan Demopoulos scored a go-ahead goal in the final 100 seconds to keep the Friars in the contest.
UML’s lone game of the week came in the form of a 6-4 exhibition win over the Russian Red Stars, which saw four different players score a goal and an assist. Sophomore Marc Boulanger looked strong between the pipes, collecting 37 saves and earning the win for the first time this season.
**Note time changes**