Around Hockey East: 11/15

November 15, 2011

Hockey East

Hockey East
Overall
GP
W
L
T
Pts
GF
GA
W
L
T
GF
GA
Boston College
9
7
2
0
14
32
22
9
3
0
45
30
Merrimack
7
6
0
1
13
21
10
8
0
1
29
12
Providence
6
4
2
0
8
26
18
6
3
1
37
27
Boston University
7
3
3
1
7
23
21
4
4
1
31
29
New Hampshire
7
3
3
1
7
20
25
4
4
2
30
36
UMass Lowell
5
3
2
0
6
21
17
5
3
0
31
23
Maine
8
3
5
0
6
24
27
3
6
1
28
33
Massachusetts
8
2
4
2
6
26
31
4
4
2
38
36
Northeastern
10
1
7
2
4
22
32
1
7
2
22
32
Vermont
5
0
4
1
1
10
22
1
5
1
15
32
space
Not a pretty site for Huskies fans, but they will get another chance to turn it around this weekend.  Before we look around at how the rest of the league fared, here is what BC and UMass thought about their game with NU this weekend.
  • Yet again, Lowell surprised some people.  This time pulling off a huge sweep up in Maine and coming from behind on Saturday to do it.  The sweep earned them Team of the Week Honors.  And freshman forward David Wilson picked up The Rookie of the Week award for the second week in a row.   What an amazing turnaround for Norm Bazin in such a short amount of time.
  • PC, the Huskies’ next opponent, took care of Alabame Huntsville two nights in row.  Those two wins give them 6 on the season.  The Friars only managed 8 all of last season.
  • UNH and Vermont skated to a tie in their only game on the weekend.  For Vermont, NU’s other opponent this upcoming weekend, it was their first Hockey East point of the season.
  • Merrimack remained undefeated thanks in part to a BU collapse. The win was not enough to make Merrimack the number 1 team in the nation.  Joe Cannata did win another Defensive Player of the Week award, though.
  • Polls don’t matter.  They really really don’t matter in November.  Merrimack is good, but I don’t think they will be the best team in the country this year or even Hockey East.
  • And in the final game of the weekend, BC came out flat and got crushed by a BU team that suddenly remembered how to play hockey.  Raise your hand if you saw that coming.
So as usual, Hockey East is a jumbled mess.  Merrimack and BC look to be on a different level, but it might be awhile before they separate themselves from the pack point-wise. BU continues their enigma of a season.  And down at the bottom, it looks like it might be one of the toughest battles for 8th this league has ever seen.  Unless, NU and Vermont keep playing the way they do.  In that case, the playoff race will be over before the Beanpot.
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