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Weekend Wrap-around ▲ Grzelcyk’s Performance Versus UMass Earns Him Hockey East Honors

It’s not a big surprise that Boston University defenseman Matt Grzelcyk was named the Hockey East Player of the Week after scoring a natural hat trick against the Minutemen just two days following scoring a goal in BU’s crazy comeback against Harvard.  UMass’ opponent in goal this weekend, former Minuteman Kevin Boyle, was named co-Defensive Player of the Week after picking up his fifth shutout of the season against UNH.

The UMass-BU game on Saturday was just one of four league matchups during the week.  Boyle’s 1-0 win over UNH on Friday was one of the others.  Meanwhile arguably the two best teams in Hockey East, Boston College and Providence, played a home and home series on the weekend.  BC hammered the Friars 7-3 on Friday and then the teams tied 4-4 in Providence on Saturday.  What’s surprising is that it was the Friars who had problems keeping the puck of the net, despite BC starting Ian Milosz, a goaltender just joining the squad from the USPHL.

In other games this week UConn headed out to Arizona for a game with Arizona State as well participate in their Desert Hockey Classic.  The Huskies beat Arizona State 5-2 on Tuesday, fell to eventual tournament winner Michigan Tech in the opening game of the Classic on Friday, and then beat Arizona State again in the 3rd place game.  Merrimack’s freefall continued this week with a 3-0 loss to Cornell after dropping a 3-0 shutout to Dartmouth in their previous game.  Maine hosted Colgate for two games in Orono, splitting the weekend series.

Northeastern is now 3-0-1 in their last four games after sweeping a road series at #13 Saint Lawrence over the weekend, outscoring the Saints 7-2.  Vermont blanked nearby Dartmouth in a game where they retired the number of Catamount legend Martin St Louis.  And Notre Dame won and tied in a home and home series against Western Michigan.

With only a few Hockey Games this week and UNH losing UMass remains in a three-way tie with the Wildcats and a Vermont team that is starting to heat up. They’re just one point back from a plummeting Merrimack team.  UConn is just behind the Minutemen, although UMass owns the tiebreaker against the Huskies.  Maine isn’t too far behind the Minutemen and they have three games in hand.

Conference     Overall
    GP W-L-T   PTS GF-GA     GP W-L-T GF-GA
1 Mass.-Lowell 12 7-2-3   17 29-17     20 12-4-4 55-35
2 Boston College 10 7-1-2   16 44-21     20 14-4-2 83-38
3 Notre Dame 9 6-1-2   14 30-17     21 10-4-7 68-51
4 Boston University 10 5-3-2   12 36-29     20 11-6-3 71-57
5 Providence 8 4-1-3   11 25-18     20 13-3-4 71-45
6 Merrimack 10 2-3-5   9 20-24     21 7-9-5 48-51
7 New Hampshire 8 2-2-4   8 26-25     20 8-8-4 75-67
  Massachusetts 11 2-5-4   8 27-43     21 7-10-4 56-74
  Vermont 10 3-5-2   8 24-29     23 9-12-2 49-57
10 Connecticut 11 3-7-1   7 26-39     21 7-13-1 54-69
11 Maine 8 2-5-1   5 13-24     21 5-12-4 39-66
12 Northeastern 11 0-8-3   3 24-38     21 5-12-4 51-61

 

North Dakota remains as the #1 team in the USCHO rankings this week.  Providence remains at #3 despite only picking up one point this past weekend.  For their performance against the Friars BC jumps from #7 to #4.  With their wins over Harvard and UMass BU moved up one spot to #10.  This weekend’s opponent, Lowell, move up a slot to #11.  And Notre Dame is Hockey East’s final representative in the poll at #13.

USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll

January 11, 2016

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 North Dakota (32) 18- 2-2 980 1
2 Quinnipiac (18) 19- 1-3 967 2
3 Providence 13- 3-4 833 3
4 Boston College 14- 4-2 815 7
5 St. Cloud State 17- 5-0 775 4
6 Michigan 13- 3-3 747 8
7 Harvard 8- 3-3 676 5
8 Cornell 11- 2-2 661 9
9 Nebraska-Omaha 14- 5-1 603 6
10 Boston University 11- 6-3 562 11
11 Massachusetts-Lowell 12- 4-4 561 10
12 Yale 8- 4-3 437 12
13 Notre Dame 10- 4-7 375 15
14 Denver 9- 7-4 326 17
15 Penn State 13- 4-3 300 14
16 Bowling Green 13- 6-5 223 16
17 Minnesota-Duluth 8- 7-4 159 19
18 St. Lawrence 10- 7-2 152 13
19 Minnesota State 11- 7-4 124 18
20 Rensselaer 11- 7-4 71 20
Others receiving votes: Robert Morris 65, Michigan Tech 59, Union 12, Holy Cross 10, Minnesota 7.

 

Since we’re now in the second half of the season it’s time to start thinking ahead to the postseason and looking at the Pairwise rankings.  Hockey East would curently get 5 teams into the NCAA tournament.  UMass is currently 31st in the Pairwise.

Rk Team PCWs RPI Rk QWB-† W-L-T Win % Wgtd Win % – ‡
1 Quinnipiac 59 .6325 1 .0100 19-1-3 .8913 .8772
2 North Dakota 58 .6084 2 .0050 18-2-2 .8636 .8694
3 St. Cloud State 57 .6002 3 .0061 17-5-0 .7727 .7615
4 Harvard 56 .5920 4 .0042 8-3-3 .6786 .6944
5 Cornell 55 .5871 5 .0046 11-2-2 .8000 .7847
6 Providence 54 .5869 6 .0046 13-3-4 .7500 .7604
7 Nebraska-Omaha 53 .5856 7 .0047 14-5-1 .7250 .7320
8 Michigan 52 .5742 8 .0029 13-3-3 .7632 .7363
9 Boston University 51 .5715 9 .0112 11-6-3 .6250 .6183
10 Boston College 50 .5617 10 .0034 14-4-2 .7500 .7449
11 Notre Dame 49 .5601 11 .0048 10-4-7 .6429 .6373
12 Yale 48 .5589 12 .0043 8-4-3 .6333 .6429
13 Mass.-Lowell 47 .5527 13 .0027 12-4-4 .7000 .7020
14 Denver 46 .5510 14 .0065 9-7-4 .5500 .5714
15 Penn State 45 .5412 15 .0013 13-4-3 .7250 .6875
16 Minnesota-Duluth 43 .5363 16 .0033 8-7-4 .5263 .5312
17 Rensselaer 42 .5343 17 .0027 11-7-4 .5909 .5888
18 Minnesota State 42 .5300 18 .0003 11-7-4 .5909 .5926
19 Minnesota 41 .5293 19 .0050 9-10-0 .4737 .4583
20 St. Lawrence 40 .5240 20 .0030 10-7-2 .5789 .5745
31 Massachusetts 29 .4927 31 .0000 7-10-4 .4286 .4528
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