Hockey East Weekly: 2/22/12

BOSTON — Following their 17th Beanpot title last Monday night, the Boston College Eagles showed off their No. 2 national ranking with a weekend sweep of Merrimack in a pair of crucial Hockey East games.

In Friday’s 4-2 win, the Eagles gave coach Jerry York his 900th-career win as junior Steven Whitney notched a pair of assists. Senior Karl Stollery and sophomore Jordan Heywood scored in the loss for Merrimack and combined for seven of the Warriors’ 19 shots.

Senior Paul Carey scored with 5:31 to play and junior Parker Milner registered 30 saves as the Eagles won their first game at Lawler Arena since Oct. 31, 2008, 2-1 on Saturday. Senior Jesse Todd scored Merrimack’s lone goal of the game at the 8:56 mark of the second period for his team-best 11th of the season.

Milner stopped 79 shots in his three wins during the week to earn Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors and compiled a 3-0 record to go along with his sparkling 1.50 goals-against average.

Merrimack returns home next Friday when it hosts UMass-Lowell in the first of a home-and-home series between the Valley rivals. BC looks to continue its seven-game winning streak against Providence this weekend.

Hockey East Player of the Week Alex Chiasson and the No. 5 Boston University Terriers split their hard-fought weekend series with No. 7 UMass-Lowell. The junior alternate captain scored a goal and five assists, including a career-high four points in Friday’s 7-4 beatdown at Tsongas Center.

After River Hawk senior Michael Budd opened the scoring at the 5:53 mark of the first period, the Terriers rattled off five straight goals en route to the victory.

The River Hawks salvaged a split with Saturday’s 4-2 win at Agganis Arena. Five-time Rookie of the Week winner Scott Wilson continued his stellar season with a three-point effort, which included the game’s first two goals.

The Terriers have a long trip ahead of them this weekend, taking on Vermont for two games at Gutterson Field House. Friday’s game will be televised on NBC Sports Network.

Maine and Massachusetts split their weekend series at Alfond Arena, which included the Mass Attack’s Saturday night 4-1 upset of the No. 11 Black Bears. Coupled with Northeastern’s pair of ties against Providence, the Minutemen were able to overtake the Huskies for the eighth and final playoff spot (via tiebreaker).

Senior Brian Flynn scored a pair of goals, including the 150th point of his career, as the Black Bears went on for a 7-4 rout on Friday. Sophomores Patrick Kiley and Michael Pereira scored goals for UMass, while junior Kevin Czepiel’s was his first of the season.

On Saturday, sophomores Patrick Kiley and Michael Pereira scored goals for UMass, while junior Kevin Czepiel’s was his first of the season.

With the victory, the Mass Attack’s sixth of the season against a ranked opponent, the squad moves to 11-14-5 overall. They host border rival New Hampshire twice this weekend, while Maine is at Northeastern’s Matthews Arena for a pair.

The Huskies and Friars engaged in a pair of entertaining draws at Matthews Arena, during which NU came back to salvage points in both games.

Junior forwards Tim Schaller and Garrett Vermeersch scored first-period goals in Friday’s 1-1 tie, while freshman Adam Reid scored the equalizing goal at 15:01 of the second period in Saturday’s 2-2 game.

Huskies junior Chris Rawlings had a career night, stopping 47, including 18 crucial saves in the third period.

Sophomore H.T. Lenz scored the game-tying goal with 14 seconds remaining in regulation and senior defenseman Drew MacEKenzie struck for the game-winner at 1:38 of overtime, lifting Vermont to a 4-3 victory over UNH at Whittemore Center.

UNH, which entered the game with a four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1), has now lost all five of its games by one goal since the New Year. Sophomore Eric Knodel matched his career-high with two points for the Wildcats.

Kevin McCarey was one of three different goal scorers as the Wildcats scored a Senior Night victory, 3-1.

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