Mass. College Hockey: Five Games To Watch This Weekend (Feb. 22-24)
With it being Friday, we thought we’d unveil our five college hockey games to watch this weekend. Remember to circle back to our blog throughout the weekend for recaps, roundups and releases.
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Men’s Ice Hockey:
Boston University vs. UMass Lowell (Friday, 7:30 p.m. @BU, Saturday, 7:00 p.m. @ UMass Lowell) – Both squads are separated by two points in the standings, so obviously this weekend’s games are critical for both squads.
UMass Lowell’s Derek Arnold registered five points (three goals, two assists) in his team’s last two games, so it’ll be important for Boston University’s defense to shut down the Foxborough native when he’s on the ice.
BU has had nine games since the turn of the new year that have been decided by one tally, so it’ll be interesting to see the outcomes.
The Terriers are 11-4 in their last 15 meetings with the River Hawks. UML did defeat BU in their last meeting on January 19, 4-3.
Northeastern University vs. Providence College (Friday, 7:00 p.m. @ Providence, Saturday, 7:00 p.m. @ Northeastern) – Northeastern squandered two opportunities last weekend to pick up some points in the standings, as Vermont swept the series with back-to-back wins at Matthews Arena.
The Huskies, though, managed to pick up a critical overtime road win on Wednesday against UMass, and this weekend they’ll need to be at their best against a quality Friars squad that’s fifth in the Hockey East. Northeastern can still earn a spot in the conference tournament, but they’ll need to win out, as well as get some help. Yet, wins against Providence this weekend would certainly help.
Providence defeated Northeastern earlier this season, 6-2. Derek Army recorded a hat trick in the contest, which secured the win for the hosts.
Middlebury College at Amherst College (Saturday, 1:00 p.m.) – The first round of the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) playoffs begin this weekend and this game certainly should be interesting.
Literally one week ago, Johnny Van Siclen netted the game-winning strike with 3:12 remaining, which secured a season sweep for Amherst College.
Middlebury enters the conference quarterfinals with a great deal of history on their side. The Panthers are 27-5 in the 13 year history of the conference tournament and own eight league titles.
The Panthers rank third in the conference in scoring offense with 82 goals, while the Lord Jeffs defense is number one and has yielded 48 goals this season.
Women’s Ice Hockey:
St. Lawrence at Harvard University (Friday, 7:00 p.m.) – Cornell University and Harvard remain tied in total points atop the standings. However, the Big Red do have an additional overall win, so obviously points this evening against St. Lawrence would help the Crimson in their quest toward earning the top spot in the ECAC.
Harvard is a perfect 10-0 at home this season, while St. Lawrence is 6-5-3 away from their home ice. In the teams last meeting, Kalley Armstrong’s extra session strike lifted the Crimson past the Saints
Northeastern vs. Providence College (Saturday, 7:00 p.m. @Providence, Sunday, 4:00 p.m. @ Northeastern) – There are a few storylines worth watching in this particular series, but the biggest one is that the Huskies can clinch the third seed in the upcoming Hockey East playoffs with a win or tie.
NU’s Rachel Llanes is a few points shy of tallying 100 career points. Through 134 games in her career with the Huskies, she’s recorded 98 points (38 goals, 60 assists).
Providence is still alive for a playoff spot and according to the conference’s weekend release, the Friars can finish anywhere from third to fifth in the standings.
The Huskies topped the Friars earlier this season at Matthews Arena, 8-7, and received two tallies and two assists from Kendall Coyne.