Mass. College Hockey: Five Games To Watch This Weekend (Feb. 1-2)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Friday, which means it is time to unveil our five hockey games to watch this weekend.

Also, make sure to stay up to date on the various games by visiting our blog throughout the weekend for press releases, recaps and roundups, as well as updates via Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog).

Men’s Basketball:

Boston University at Massachusetts (Friday, 7:00 p.m.) – Danny O’Regan as been the Minutemen’s worst nightmare this season, as the Needham native has tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in both contests. UMass will need to locate the first-year skater, who has nine goals and 13 assists this season.

UMass has lost both games against Boston University, which occurred in October, and will turn to netminder Steve Mastalerz, who is 2-2 in the Minutemen’s last four contests. Mastalerz first win of the season came against Boston College, as he finished the match with 21 saves and two goals allowed.   

UMass Lowell at Merrimack College (Friday, 7:00 p.m.) – The River Hawks and Warriors are currently locked on a two-way tie for fifth place, so Friday’s outcome could certainly catapult one of these squads into at least fourth place.

Merrimack is coming off a 1-1 weekend against New Hampshire, which saw the Warriors win in North Andover, but lose in Manchester. Mike Collins was honored recently as the Athletic Republic Player of the Month. The Merrimack forward tallied 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in seven games.

UMass Lowell is one of the hottest teams in the Hockey East these days and hasn’t lost since the first Saturday in December. The River Hawks rallied in both of their contests last weekend with Northeastern, but only managed one win and one tie. Chad Ruhwedel has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his team’s last seven-games.

NESN will carry the contest live and provide an all-access pass for fans to hear Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy’s pre-game speech.

Amherst College at Bowdoin College (Friday, 7:00 p.m.) – This is a very important game for the Lord Jeffs. Amherst is one of three teams in the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) with seven conference wins, but also needs points to keep pace with Bowdoin College, a squad that’s 16-1-1 overall.

Amherst traveled to Bowdoin last year, and fell to the Polar Bears, 7-4. The Lord Jeffs managed to even the season series with a win on their home ice roughly one year ago from this evening.

Bowdoin defeated Amherst on their home ice earlier this season, as Colin Downey provided the visitors with the lead for good when he deposited the puck into the Lord Jeffs’ cage with just over two minutes remaining.

Amherst is 4-2-1 in their last seven games, while Bowdoin is 6-1.

Women’s Basketball:

Northeastern University at Boston University (Saturday, 3:00 p.m.) – The Huskies have rattled off three consecutive wins as of lately and will attempt to earn their fourth against the Terriers, a squad that’s defeated them twice this season. Boston University has outscored Northeastern in both meetings, 9-5.

In their last meeting, Sarah Lefort notched a hat trick; Kerrin Sperry deflected 18 shots between the pipes, but yielded four goals.

According to the latest Hockey East report, Boston University is currently riding a 12-game winning streak, which is the second longest to Minnesota. The Terriers have outscored opponents, 53-25 during their current streak.

St. Anselm at Holy Cross (Friday, 7:00 p.m.) – The Crusaders enter Friday’s contest coming off a 1-1 tie with Southern Maine. And even though the tie produced only one point in the ECAC East standings, it still kept them in the pack with St. Anselm and Salve Regina.

A win for the Crusaders would push them past the Seahawks with 17 points, and balloon their overall record 13-4-3.

Holy Cross defeated St. A’s earlier this season, as Rebecca Fleming netted two goals and one assist, while Krista Manzanares turned away 30 shots between the pipes and yielded two goals.

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