Mass. College Hockey: D1 Notebook

By NoontimeSports.com 

With another weekend of college hockey in the books, it’s time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Division 1 Notebook.

Men’s Ice Hockey:

* Merrimack College’s Dan Kolomatis was named this weekend’s Hockey East Player of the Week after he posted five points in two days. The junior defensemen recorded two assists in Friday’s 3-2 setback to Mercyhurst before he recorded two assists and one goals (three points) on Saturday.

* Northeastern University’s Mike Szmatula was named this week’s Pro Ambitions Co-Rookie of the Week by registering two assists and one goal against Holy Cross. Massachusetts’s junior goaltender Steve Mastalerz was the other recipient, who finished the weekend with 62 saves against Michigan State.

* After four games, NU’s Kevin Roy leads all skaters with nine points (five goals and four assists). He’s averaging 2.25 points per game. Szmatula is second overall with eight points (one goal, seven assists), while Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau ranks third with seven points (two goals, five assists).

* Switching gears, Harvard begins its 2013-14 campaign on Saturday when they host Bentley for a 7:30 p.m. face-off. The two teams met last year with Harvard prevailing, 5-0.

Games To Watch:

* Keep an eye on UMass Lowell vs. Michigan State, two teams that have sustained a few bumps out of the starting gate. MSU dropped two straight last weekend, while UML fell to Quinnipiac. Both games will be played in Michigan and are apart of the Big Ten/Hockey East Challenge.

* Another game to watch is Northeastern vs. St. Lawrence. The Huskies are off to a 4-0 start, and will look to keep their early season momentum going.

* Finally, make sure to track Boston University vs. Michigan. The Terriers have won three of their last four contests and will look to earn a fourth or fifth win before the weekend concludes.

Women’s Ice Hockey:

* Harvard’s Sarah Edney recorded a goal and an assist for the Crimson in her team’s first win last weekend against McGill. The Crimson return to the ice this weekend with two early ECAC conference tilts against Quinnipiac and Princeton.

* BC’s Taylor Wasylk was named this week’s Hockey East Player of the Week after registering four points in her team’s three contests last week. Wasylk netted the game-winner against Yale University, a short-handed goal, along with one goal and an assist in the Eagles’ 7-2 victory against Dartmouth College.

* In six contests this season, BC’s Haley Skarupa has recorded seven goals and five assists. She commenced the season with five goals and two assists in her team’s first two contests.

Games to Watch:

* Coming off back-to-back losses to Cornell University, Northeastern will look to bounce back against Providence College. Neither team has faced a conference foe this season, so obviously these two games are important. Friday’s contest will be in Boston, while Saturday’s matinee will take place in Providence.

* Boston University will host Yale on Saturday at 3 p.m. The Terriers dropped their first contest of the season last weekend to Robert Morris; while the Bulldogs are coming off a 4-3 setback to the Eagles.

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