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Weekend Wrap-Around: Walsh Named Hockey East Player of the Week

As I mentioned in my weekend recap, Shane Walsh, with some help from Henry Dill and Steven Iacobellis, led the team to just its second home win of the season on Friday.  Walsh was involved in all three goals in the 3-2 win, scoring one goal shorthanded and then later scoring the gamewinner with just a few minutes left on the clock.  For his heroics he was named the Hockey East Player of the Week today.  It’s the first time Walsh has won a weekly league award.

Maine’s Matt Morris was named Defensive Player of the Week for shutting out the Minutemen on Saturday.  Morris made 29 saves in his first career shutout.  Some unheralded Terrier named Jack Eichel was Rookie of the week.

Unfortunately before doing the usual weekend wrap-up post there’s other UMass hockey news.  Senior forward Emerson Auvenshine was suspended indefinitely by the team after being arrested over the weekend.  Auvenshine was charged today with assault and battery, breaking and entering, and destruction of property.  As I reported last week, Auvenshine’s season and UMass career was likely already over after undergoing knee surgery recently.

It’s never fun to pass along info like that but it is something affecting the team.  Obviously since he was already out it’s not going to make a difference to the lineup.  But it is something that could create distractions for a locker room that already has a lot on their mind given the season’s results.  Who knows how the story will ultimately play out, but it’s just another negative aspect to a disheartening season.

The big news around Hockey East this past weekend was UConn’s shutout of #6 Lowell 2-0 in Hartford.  That’s another signature win for the Huskies in their first season in the league after defeating Boston College and Vermont earlier in the year.

Conference     Overall
    GP W-L-T   PTS GF-GA     GP W-L-T GF-GA
1 Boston University 10 7-1-2   16 38-19     19 12-3-4 66-36
  Mass.-Lowell 10 7-1-2   16 37-18     21 14-4-3 78-50
3 Vermont 11 7-3-1   15 37-20     21 15-5-1 65-35
4 Boston College 11 5-4-2   12 29-24     21 12-7-2 64-49
  Providence 10 6-4-0   12 18-13     22 14-7-1 57-45
6 Notre Dame 8 4-2-2   10 23-20     22 9-11-2 62-62
7 Connecticut 9 4-4-1   9 21-23     21 7-10-4 43-53
  Merrimack 9 4-4-1   9 19-18     19 11-6-2 48-37
9 Northeastern 12 3-7-2   8 23-39     21 7-11-3 49-64
10 Maine 8 2-6-0   4 19-28     22 7-14-1 55-72
11 New Hampshire 7 1-5-1   3 12-22     19 6-11-2 52-53
12 Massachusetts 11 1-10-0   2 25-57     21 6-15-0 55-89

 

Another new top team in the USCHO polls this week.  This time it’s Minnesota State taking the #1 spot for the first time in program history.  The Mavericks have just four losses on the season.

Boston University stays put in the #2 spot.  Despite the loss to UConn, Lowell sticks at #6.  Vermont moved up a couple spots to #10 while Providence’s ranking is unchanged at #14.  Boston College drops a spot to #17 while Merrimack stays in the poll at #20.

USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll

January 12, 2015

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota State (20) 16- 4-1 937 4
2 Boston University (12) 12- 3-4 916 2
3 North Dakota ( 9) 14- 5-2 907 1
4 Harvard ( 5) 10- 2-2 832 3
5 Minnesota-Duluth ( 4) 13- 7-0 807 7
6 Massachusetts-Lowell 14- 4-3 668 6
7 Bowling Green 13- 3-4 642 11
8 Nebraska-Omaha 14- 5-3 639 13
9 Miami 14- 8-0 602 5
10 Vermont 15- 5-1 575 12
11 Michigan Tech 15- 6-1 496 8
12 Quinnipiac 15- 6-1 400 15
13 Denver 11- 7-1 333 10
14 Providence 14- 7-1 330 14
15 Colgate 13- 6-1 312 17
16 Minnesota 10- 7-1 311 9
17 Boston College 12- 7-2 253 16
18 Yale 9- 4-2 203 19
19 Michigan 12- 7-0 137 NR
20 Merrimack 11- 6-2 132 18
Others receiving votes: Robert Morris 33, Northern Michigan 15, St. Cloud State 7, Union 7, Mercyhurst 2, Penn State 2, Bentley 1, Western Michigan 1.

Hockey East has four teams in the top 16 in the Pairwise.  Unfortunately for UMass Maine’s split was enough for them to jump ahead of the Minutemen.  That puts UMass with the lowest Pairwise in the league.

Rk Team PCWs RPI Rk QWB-† W-L-T Win % Wgtd Win % – ‡
1 Minnesota State 58 .6175 1 .0099 16-4-1 .7857 .7905
2 Minnesota-Duluth 57 .5943 2 .0119 13-7-0 .6500 .6602
3 Harvard 56 .5943 3 .0070 10-2-2 .7857 .7867
4 Nebraska-Omaha 55 .5920 4 .0069 14-5-3 .7045 .6972
5 Bowling Green 54 .5883 5 .0032 13-3-4 .7500 .7548
6 North Dakota 53 .5824 6 .0068 14-5-2 .7143 .6981
7 Miami 52 .5775 7 .0078 14-8-0 .6364 .6442
8 Boston University 51 .5737 8 .0030 12-3-4 .7368 .7347
9 Vermont 50 .5691 9 .0010 15-5-1 .7381 .7670
10 Mass.-Lowell 49 .5689 10 .0019 14-4-3 .7381 .7184
11 Yale 48 .5625 11 .0104 9-4-2 .6667 .6645
12 Providence 47 .5604 12 .0070 14-7-1 .6591 .6545
13 Colgate 46 .5575 13 .0000 13-6-1 .6750 .6869
14 Michigan Tech 45 .5561 14 .0015 15-6-1 .7045 .7009
15 Quinnipiac 43 .5550 15 .0014 15-6-1 .7045 .6916
16 Minnesota 43 .5533 16 .0028 10-7-1 .5833 .5976
17 Denver 42 .5471 17 .0047 11-7-1 .6053 .5909
18 Merrimack 41 .5447 18 .0023 11-6-2 .6316 .6264
19 Michigan 40 .5404 19 .0045 12-7-0 .6316 .6190
20 Boston College 39 .5389 20 .0007 12-7-2 .6190 .6311
49 Massachusetts 10 .4400 48 .0011 6-15-0 .2857 .2818
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