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Weekend Wrap-around ▲ Ties Abound As Hockey East Play Begins

League play for Hockey East opened up this past weekend and half of the six games played ended in ties.  Of course the Massachusetts Minutemen had the dramatic five-goal comeback to tie New Hampshire at the Mullins Center on Friday.  Bragging rights are still up for grabs in the Merrimack Valley as Lowell and Merrimack fought to a couple 1-1 ties in a home and home this past weekend.  Boston University was the only team to grab a league win with their 4-2 victory over UConn and sit alone in first place currently.

Notre Dame got into the tie trend too with a couple 3-3 decisions at home against #5 Minnesota-Duluth.  Providence went out to Ohio State and took two games from the host Buckeyes while Boston College travelled to Colorado College and outscored the Tigers 8-0 on the way to a sweep.  So while Hockey East teams travelling west had success, those hosting western teams did not.  Vermont dropped a couple games to #1 North Dakota in Burlington while Northeastern continues to struggle, losing two games at home to Minnesota.  New Hampshire bounced back from their disappointing tie to UMass on Friday by beating #18 Union 5-2 on Saturday.

Here’s the first real look at the standings and with their tie UMass is tied for 4th:

Conference     Overall
    GP W-L-T   PTS GF-GA     GP W-L-T GF-GA
1 Boston University 1 1-0-0   2 4-2     3 2-1-0 11-8
  Merrimack 2 0-0-2   2 2-2     4 2-0-2 12-4
  Mass.-Lowell 2 0-0-2   2 2-2     5 3-0-2 10-5
4 New Hampshire 1 0-0-1   1 6-6     5 2-2-1 23-18
  Massachusetts 1 0-0-1   1 6-6     4 3-0-1 21-14
6 Notre Dame 0 0-0-0   0 0-0     4 1-1-2 16-15
  Vermont 0 0-0-0   0 0-0     5 1-4-0 9-14
  Maine 0 0-0-0   0 0-0     5 0-2-3 5-11
  Connecticut 1 0-1-0   0 2-4     4 2-2-0 14-12
  Boston College 0 0-0-0   0 0-0     5 4-1-0 20-3
  Providence 0 0-0-0   0 0-0     5 4-0-1 21-11
  Northeastern 0 0-0-0   0 0-0     5 1-4-0 8-16

 

With Friday’s comeback being a team effort, it’s not a surprise that no UMass individuals were honored with today’s weekly Hockey East awards.  There was a connection to the game though as UNH’s Dan Correale was named the Player of the Week.  Correale had a hat trick against the Minutemen and then added a goal and an assist the next night against Union.  BC goalie Thatcher Demko was named Defensive Player of the Week and is currently sitting on a 195 minute goalless streak.

UMass continues to get votes in the USCHO poll and a strong showing in this coming weekend’s tournament in New Jersey would likely propel them into the rankings.  Hockey East has four teams in the top ten currently with BC third, Providence fourth, Lowell seventh, and BU eighth.  Merrimack’s ties against Lowell moved them up to 17th.

USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll

October 26, 2015

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 North Dakota (23) 4- 0-2 959 1
2 Nebraska-Omaha (12) 6- 0-0 941 2
3 Providence (10) 4- 0-1 903 3
4 Boston College ( 4) 4- 1-0 858 4
5 Denver 3- 1-0 734 6
6 Minnesota-Duluth 2- 1-2 690 5
7 Massachusetts-Lowell 3- 0-2 661 7
8 Boston University 2- 1-0 638 8
9 Quinnipiac ( 1) 6- 0-0 611 14
10 Michigan 3- 0-1 552 11
11 Harvard 0- 0-0 524 9
12 Bowling Green 3- 1-1 442 12
13 Yale 0- 0-0 378 13
14 St. Cloud State 4- 2-0 362 9
15 Miami 3- 2-1 287 15
16 St. Lawrence 4- 2-0 231 17
17 Merrimack 2- 0-2 182 19
18 Michigan Tech 2- 2-0 135 16
19 Clarkson 5- 1-0 114 NR
20 Minnesota 2- 3-0 78 19
Others receiving votes: Union 67, Massachusetts 38, Penn State 35, Robert Morris 22, Minnesota State 21, Notre Dame 20, Vermont 6, Colgate 3, Mercyhurst 3, Bentley 2, Northern Michigan 2, Alaska-Anchorage 1.

 

USCHO’s Hockey East blog post talks about UMass’ never say die attitude so far in the early season.

The UMass freshmen players spent their Sunday volunteering at a soup kitchen in Amherst.

The start time for UMass’ home game against UConn on November 7th has been pushed back to 7:30pm.  This will allow those fans attending the football game at Gillette that afternoon to make to Amherst for the game.

CSNNE has this piece on Frank Vatrano excelling in Providence for the P-Bruins.

UConn’s success at drawing fans to Hartford has allowed them to put off building an on-campus arena.

College Hockey News takes a look at the downard trend of penalty minutes in college hockey.

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