Mass. College Hockey: Five Games To Watch This Weekend (Jan. 18-19)
Now that our five basketball games are officially in the books, it is time to unveil five hockey games to watch this weekend. And as usual, make sure to share your thoughts or opinions or updates on Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog). Enjoy the weekend, as well as these games!
Men’s Ice Hockey:
Northeastern University at Boston University (Friday, 7:00 p.m.) – The Huskies marched off their home ice last weekend with a disappointing tie to Maine. This weekend, they have two enormous games, which could dictate their postseason faith. However, this particular match against Boston University is critical. Both teams have faced-off in must-win games before, but the Terriers have gotten the best of the Huskies in 2010 and 2012.
Two players to watch in this particular match will be Kevin Roy (NU) and Danny O’Regan (BU). Both first-year skaters have made impacts on their respective squads, and could impact the outcome.
Bowdoin College at Williams College (Friday, 7:00 p.m.) – The Polar Bears remain one of the top teams in Division III, as well as in the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference). Yet, against Wesleyan last weekend, the Cardinals rallied from a three-goal deficit that dealt Bowdoin their first loss of the season.
Williams is 2-1-1 in its last four outings and coming off a 3-3 tie earlier this week to Babson College. The Ephs led the Beavers for the most of the contest, but a power play goal midway through the third secured a non-conference tie.
Both teams need to play smart, fundamental hockey in order to secure a win. And after last weekend’s major upset between Babson and Norwich, a win by Williams would certainly echo across the country, too.
New England College at Babson College (Friday, 7:00 p.m.) – Does anyone know what exactly is going on with the Beavers? Jamie Rice’s squad has been hot recently. They rallied to tie Williams earlier this week and defeated Norwich University last Saturday.
This evening, they face ECAC East conference foe New England College, a squad that’s performed quite well in conference play this season. And despite being apart of three losses over the past few weeks, Tom Carroll’s squad will focus on using their tie earlier this season as motivation.
Women’s Ice Hockey:
Providence College at Northeastern University (Sunday, 2:00 p.m.) – Northeastern is currently on a three-game skid and could certainly use a win to boost their morale.
Last season, the Huskies won the season series against the Friar, but were dislodged by them during the Hockey East semi-finals. Providence College has four very impressive seniors, as well as six key sophomores that have combined for 98 of the 174 team points this season.
UMass Boston at Plymouth State (Friday, 6:00 p.m.) – This game may not be the flashiest, but it is one of those games that could end up being decided by one goal like it did last season. Kayla Kiernan potted the only goal of the contest in the second frame, which provided UMass Boston with a 1-0 victory on their home ice.
The last time the Beacons traveled to Plymouth State, they ended up winning, 4-1.
Can the Panthers put an end to this two-game winning streak? We’ll have to wait and see!