While the Huskies head west, the rest of the conference stays home for nearly a full slate of conference games this weekend.
Its back to the traditional weekend of home and homes for most of the conference this week with just UMass Amherst and Northeastern not taking part.
Amherst will host Harvard on Friday in their only game of the weekend. Fear the Triangle has the preview and the story of a return game 7 years in the making. Lets hope they do a little better than UNH did against Harvard.
We’ll start with the #1 team in the nation, BC (I refuse to acknowledge Merrimack as #1 until they beat someone good in regulation. Army doesn’t count). BC takes on BU in the biggest matchup of the weekend. Its the Superfans vs the Fanboys. The normally entertaining USCHO forum thread has been a discussion of basketball so far, which is a shame. BC Interruption takes a look at the Eagles’ struggling Power Play. (I wonder what they think of NU’s power play…). Meanwhile, The Fanboys Blog have been going all out the BC Hate so far this week. The game at Conte on Friday will be on the CBS College Sports Network.
Merrimack and PC will be hooking up for a pair. A couple of weeks ago, a Friday night trip to PC may have been a trap game for Merrimack, but not any more. PC has fallen back to earth and I can’t see Merrimack losing this weekend. COX has the game Friday and Universal Sports Network has the game Saturday. I would have to think this is the first time ever both ends of a home and home between PC and Merrimack have been picked up for TV. It still feels weird.
The most intriguing series of the weekend is Lowell vs UNH. Lowell, unlike PC, has been able to maintain their success. Their worst performance of the season did come up in Durham just a couple of weeks ago, though. UNH, on the other hand, has been just awful on the road (see: blowing a 4 goal lead and losing to Harvard last week), but good at home. So a split seems likely. Unless, Lowell can find a way to finally win in Durham. The Ice is Life has the preview and all of the brutal stats about UNH on the road.
The final series of the weekend sees Maine going up to Vermont for 2 games. Vermont sits in last place, but they did just pick up their first Hockey East win last week. Maine isn’t far ahead of them in the standings and they haven’t won a Hockey East game since they swept PC on Halloween weekend. Both of these teams need to get some points this weekend.
So it should be a good weekend for Hockey East. Every series has some big storylines and there are a good amount of TV games. It will be interesting to see what happens. Let’s go Friars.