College Hockey Upset Of The Year Highlights Hockey East Weekend

TJ FergusonCorrespondent IOctober 26, 2009

BOSTON - MARCH 17:  Bobby Butler #12 of the New Hampshire Wildcats handles the puck during the Hockey East Tournament on March 17,2007 at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston College defeated New Hampshire 5-2 to win the Hockey East championship game. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rankings current as of October 19th, 2009.


This weekend Hockey East really got underway as all but one team have now played at least one conference opponent.  The Providence College Friars are the only team yet to skate against a Hockey East foe.


Friday saw three hockey east matchups including an early season candidate for upset of the year.  When #7 University of Vermont Catamounts traveled down to face the Merrimack College Warriors, there were very few, if any people, who thought the home side was going to win.


That is exactly what the Warriors did.  They beat the Catamounts 5-2.  After the first the score was tied at one.  Then after the second Merrimack took a 3-2 lead and used the third to pad the lead with a pair of goals, one on the Powerplay, one into an empty net.


Vermont got the rest of the weekend off, while Merrimack stayed home to beat the visiting University of Connecticut Huskies 4-1.


Merrimack improved to 4-2 (1-0 HE) and if there has ever been a time when Merrimack’s stock was higher, it hasn’t occurred in the last few years.  They probably won’t crack the top 20, but they should get some votes in the upcoming poll.


Also on Friday, the Minutemen from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University of New Hampshire Wildcats each improved to 2-0 in conference play as Amherst downed University of Maine Blackbears and UNH beat the Northeastern University Huskies.


UNH and Amherst are now tied for first overall in the standings while NU and Maine are now tied for last as both teams also lost on Saturday.  Northeastern to #13 University of Massachusetts at Lowell and Maine to UNH.


In non-Conference play, Hockey East got another shot at Notre Dame, this time #14 Boston College Eagles paid a visit to the Fighting Irish and managed to come away with a victory.


Getting another high profile matchup were the #3 Boston University Terriers.  This time they played host to the #5 Michigan Wolverines and earned a 3-2 win behind some stellar goalkeeping from Kieran Millan.


The Providence College Friars continued their hot streak sweeping their weekend series against Bowling Green while outscoring them 11-3 over the course of the two games.  PC improves to 4-1 overall and has to be looking forward to starting their Hockey East campaign to ride their momentum and get some points.


Check back later in the week for my preview of next weekend’s games.


Hockey East Power Rankings:

1.  University of Massachusetts at Lowell Riverhawks

2.  University of Massachusetts at Amherst Minutemen

3.  University of New Hampshire Wildcats

4.  Boston University Terriers

5.  Providence College Friars

6.  Boston College Eagles

7.  Merrimack College Warriors

8.  University of Vermont Catamounts

9.  Northeastern University Huskies

10.  University of Maine Blackbears


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