Hockey East: A Weekend in Review and a Weekend Preview

TJ FergusonCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2009

Last Week's Results

Not much happened with the top three Hockey East teams last weekend as they all took at least three points from their foes.

No. 3 Northeastern University had no problem with, and swept the Providence College Friars 3-1 on Friday, and 6-3 Saturday. The Huskies used last weekend to pad their individual totals against a weaker team. 

Ryan Ginand padded his stats, as he recorded a hat trick on Saturday, along with two assists on the weekend. Ginand earned Hockey East Player of the Week honors.

Providence College now see themselves slipping further away from the pack, as they failed to make any ground on the eighth spot in the standings.

Luckily for the Friars, they didn't lose ground due to Boston College's sweep over the University of Maine.

Friars freshman goalie Alex Beaudry had a rough weekend against the Huskies, suffering the first two losses of his college career.

No. 2 Boston University swept No. 13 University of New Hampshire in their home-and-home series. This was the first time in 75 games the Huskies were shut out.

BU's four points keeps them in pace with Northeastern. The Terriers also managed to steal some of Notre Dame's first place votes in the national rankings.

The four points also sets UNH way back as far as making it to the top.

This, coupled with BC's four points, puts the Wildcats in a tie with the Eagles for fourth with a game in hand.

Rounding out Hockey East's top three, No. 7 University of Vermont took three points from UMass Amherst with a win on Friday and a tie the following day.

UMass Lowell took two from Merrimack College, keeping their playoff hopes alive, moving into sole possession of sixth place.

This Weekend's Games

On Friday night, every Hockey East team is in action. With the exception of UNH, all of the top five teams are on the road. UMass Lowell is the only team in the bottom half of the standings playing on the road.

Northeastern, BU, and BC are all gearing up for the upcoming Beanpot Tournament. The three will only be playing on Friday.

The Minutemen will play host to the Huskies. This will be the first meeting of the season between these two teams.

The Terriers will be travelling to Merrimack for the second game of the season between the two teams. BU won the first game 4-1.

Boston College heads down to Providence in the first meeting of these two teams this season.

UMass Lowell will head up to Orono to take on the Black Bears while Vermont heads to New Hampshire. Both of these series are also the first games of the season between each squad.

The Beanpot kicks off next Monday, Feb. 2.

The Terriers will start the tourney with a game against Harvard University at 5 PM.

At 8 PM, Northeastern will face off against Boston College.

What Winning Means to Each Team

Northeastern, BU, and BC would all like to go into the Beanpot with two more points under their belt, and considering they are all playing opponents from the bottom of the standings, their outlook is favorable.

The Eagles won the tournament last year, on their way to the national title.

Northeastern just wants to win something. The Huskies have not won the Beanpot since 1988 and have not been in the championship game in five years.

Providence is hoping to get back to winning, and if they want a playoff birth, they will need to win, and soon

Vermont and New Hampshire both lost ground on NU and BU last weekend, and they will be looking to redeem themselves.

With the poor performance by UNH last weekend and a win, UMass Lowell has managed to climb into a good position in the standings. They trail BC and UNH by just one point.


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