Men’s Hockey: Hockey East Play Continues

By: Marisa Ingemi

UMass Lowell @ Notre Dame (2): Lowell split with Maine last week, which isn’t as bad of a loss as it might have seemed earlier on in the season. The Fighting Irish topped Northeastern at Matthews last week for an impressive win before being forced into a tie when the Zamboni broke the next night. Notre Dame is finding its groove, and Indiana is one of the tougher places to play in all of college hockey. Prediction: Notre Dame sweep.

Providence vs Northeastern (H&H): Strange times for the Huskies, who have tried to battle with injuries. The Stevens brothers remain out, and Northeastern took one of its toughest blows at home in a long time against Notre Dame. Providence fell on the road to BC two weeks ago before a game against Merrimack, and Northeastern once again runs into a team coming off a break. Prediction: Split

UMass @ UNH: Last week, UMass took a victory at Merrimack for coach Greg Carvel’s first ever conference victory, and fell at home to Vermont. The Wildcats, meanwhile, suffered an overtime defeat to Arizona State at home before tying things up with Merrimack. UNH is struggling mightily and seems to be going in the wrong direction, though the Wildcats avoided what could have been a disastrous week. Prediction: UMass wins.

Maine @ Vermont (2): A split for the Black Bears against UMass Lowell can’t be seen as anything but a success. The Catamounts, meanwhile, topped UMass before defeating Dartmouth on a Tuesday night. Stefanos Lekkas has been hot in net, and Vermont has shown some promise while Maine has also been somewhat surprising all year. Prediction: Split

Boston University vs UConn (H&H): The Terriers had what could be classified as a successful weekend with a split in Michigan. Given the injuries BU has faced, the team has responded well, but one has to wonder if freshman goalie Jake Oettinger is getting overworked, playing all but four minutes this season. Meanwhile, the Huskies come from a loss to surprising Ohio State before a tie with the Buckeyes. Coming back to home ice will help a UConn team still finding its identity in an always competitive Hockey East. Prediction: Split

Boston College @ Harvard: After Arizona State stunned UNH, the Sun Devils came back down to earth as the Eagles took a victory from Conte Forum. Harvard downed Princeton before falling to Quinnipiac this weekend, but the Crimson are one of the tougher tests Boston College has faced to this point. Prediction: Harvard wins.

Merrimack @ Wisconsin (2): Not a great week for the Warriors, who lost to UMass and then split with UNH. Wisconsin last took the ice two weeks ago when they split with Northern Michigan. Injuries are starting to catch up to Merrimack, but they might be able to salvage a point or two on the road. Prediction: Split

Boston College @ UConn: Rob Nichols is coming off of a conference defensive player of the week award, but to face the Terriers and then BC is a tough stretch for the Huskies. The Eagles have been the hottest team in not only the conference, but the nation, and facing a tired Huskies team, even on the road, should work in the Eagles favor. Prediction: BC wins.

Harvard @ Boston University: BU faces Harvard in the Tuesday before Thanksgiving a couple of days after the Crimson hosted Boston College. Harvard is off to a good start to the season, but this is the toughest stretch of games over a weekend they have played. Prediction: BU wins.

Rensselaer @ UNH: Rennslaer was swept by Clarkson and St. Lawrence last weekend. They’re off to a terrible start to the season at 2-8-1, and the Wildcats need something to get back on track. This matchup may be just what they needed. Prediction: UNH wins.

Author: Marisa Ingemi

Marisa covers sports (mostly baseball, hockey, and lacrosse) for ESPN New Hampshire, In Lacrosse We Trust, BU News Service, Inside Hockey, the Patriot League Network, and a wide range of other places.

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