For the second time this season Minuteman freshman Austin Plevy was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week. Plevy had four points this past weekend, including a one goal, two assist effort on Saturday. Plevy is tied with UConn’s Alex Letunov for Hockey East freshman goal scoring with 6 apiece.
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Dominic Trento was named a Top Performer by the league for his 3 goal, 2 assist weekend. Boston College’s Thatcher Demko was named Player of the Week after grabbing a three shutouts this past week, including keeping UMass off the board in Tuesday’s 7-0 BC win. Boston University defenseman Matt Grzelcyk was named Defensive Player of the Week.
UMass’ sweep of UConn was just one of many sweeps around Hockey East this weekend. Lowell travelled to Vermont and grabbed a couple decisions in Burlington over the Catamounts. After soundly defeating UMass midweek, Boston College hosted Maine for two games and shut them out in both as well. BU and Northeastern played a cross-town home and home with the Terriers taking both games. Northeastern has still won just one game all season.
Merrimack travelled to a couple of Atlantic Hockey opponent’s arenas a gained road wins over both Bentley and Canisius. The other Hockey East teams were not as fortunate out of conference. Notre Dame hosted Minnesota and split the weekend matchup with the Gophers. New Hampshire continues to struggle, dropping both games in a trip to Michigan State that saw them give up 12 goals.
Here are the current league standings with UMass currently in 4th place:
UMass is just on the outside of this week’s USCHO rankings, coming in as the first team in the Also Receiving Votes section. Despite not playing at all this weekend Providence moved up to the top spot as previous #1 North Dakota split a series with Wisconsin. Just behind them at #2 is Boston College. The Lowell River Hawks are the third Hockey East team in the top 5, dropping a spot from last week despite sweeping their games this weekend.
BU remains at #11 this week while Friday’s opponent, Merrimack, climbs from #16 to #14 this week. Notre Dame rounds out the Hockey East teams in the poll by staying put at #18.
USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll
November 09, 2015
|Team||(First Place Votes)||Record||Points||Last Poll|
|2||Boston College||(17)||8- 1-0||941||3|
|3||North Dakota||( 1)||7- 1-2||859||1|
|4||Quinnipiac||( 3)||8- 0-0||849||5|
|9||St. Cloud State||6- 2-0||574||10|
|11||Boston University||5- 3-0||505||11|
|15||Bowling Green||4- 2-3||274||14|
|15||St. Lawrence||6- 3-1||274||15|
|18||Notre Dame||4- 2-2||153||18|
|20||Michigan Tech||5- 3-0||79||NR|
|Others receiving votes: Massachusetts 46, Robert Morris 24, Cornell 23, Minnesota State 21, Minnesota 11, Alaska-Anchorage 9, Rensselaer 8, Penn State 7, Colgate 3, Western Michigan 3, Michigan State 2, Wisconsin 1.|
This an interesting, though sad read on the current state of Maine hockey by Jeff Cox.