Mass. College Hockey: Boston College Men’s Picked To Capture Hockey East Crown

Hockey East Pre-Season Coaches Poll

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Boston College men’s ice hockey team was picked to capture the Hockey East regular season crown this upcoming season, as reported by the league on Monday, September 21.

BC received seven first-place votes, while rival Boston University, which was picked to finish second, earned a trio of first place votes. Providence College – the reigning national champion – was picked to finish third and earned a pair of first-place votes, while UMass Lowell was projected to place fourth and Northeastern University fifth.

New Hampshire, Notre Dame, Vermont and Connecticut rounded out the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth place positions, while Maine was picked to finish 10th. Merrimack College and UMass completed the 12-team poll, earning 11th and 12th place projections, respectively.

Mass. College Hockey: Five Games To Watch This Weekend (Feb. 14 -16)

By NoontimeSports.com 

With another weekend quickly approaching, it is time to unveil our five games to watch this weekend. As always, make sure to circle back for updates. You can also follow along with in-game updates on Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog), too.

Men’s Ice Hockey

No. 1 Boston College @ No. 14 Vermont (Friday, Feb. 14 / Saturday, Feb. 15) – The Eagles will look to continue their winning ways when they travel to Vermont for a weekend series.

BC is coming off their fifth-straight Boston Beanpot title as they defeated Northeastern, 4-1. Johnny Gaudreau, who netted one goal during his team’s win against the Huskies, is averaging 2.00 points per game. He currently leads all Division 1 skaters with 25 goals and 33 assists for 58 points.

Army vs. Bentley (Friday, Feb. 14 @ Army/ Saturday, Feb. 15 @ Bentley) – With three weeks of Atlantic Hockey remaining, the Falcons will look to keep pace Mercyhurst, the top squad in the conference.

The Falcons returned to the win column after dropping back-to-back tilts to the Lakers and UConn by finishing last weekend’s series with a 4-1 win over the Huskies. Jared Rickord, Justin Breton and Brett Switzer each netted one goal in the opening frame to provide Bentley with the lead for good.

Army and Bentley have met once this season with the Falcons claiming a 5-2 victory in West Point, New York. Similar to their last contest against UConn, Bentley used a 2-0 lead to secure their second victory of the season against the Black Knights.

Army will look to snap an 11-game skid, while the Falcons will attempt to end the weekend with back-to-back victories.

According to the weekend preview, Bentley needs just one more point to clinch a top-eight spot and a home series for the first round of their conference’s tournament.

No. 3 Babson @ No. 9 Norwich (Friday, Feb. 14) – Since falling to the Cadets at Frozen Fenway, the Beavers have won eight of nine contests. Their non-win was a 3-3 tie against Castleton State.

Babson is currently the top squad in the ECAC East with a 19-3-1 overall mark and leads Norwich by three points. The Beavers, who’ll travel to St. Michael’s tomorrow, needs to win one of their final two contests to secure their first conference regular-season crown since the 1989-90 season. Babson, though, has secured the right to host a quarterfinal and semifinal matchup.

Mike Driscoll currently leads the Green and White in points (23) and goals (11), while Nik Tasiopoulos is second in goals (10).

Women’s Ice Hockey

Boston University vs. Providence College (Saturday, Feb. 15 @ BU/ Sunday, Feb. 16 @ Providence) – The Terriers will look to bounce back following their two Beanpot losses with a weekend series against Providence, a squad that defeated BU earlier this season.

BU’s Sarah Lefort ranks first in Hockey East in point scoring (47), goal scoring (27) and assist scoring (20). Lefort’s teammate, Louise Warren, is second in point scoring (37) and goal scoring (22).

Trinity (Conn.) @ No. 7 Amherst (Friday, Feb. 14/ Saturday, Feb. 15) – With two more weekends remaining, the Lord Jeffs will look to earn a weekend sweep, along with some points, too. Amherst is currently third in the conference, one point behind rival Williams, which has 18 points.

Since the calendar turned, the Lord Jeffs are 2-0-1. They finished a weekend series with Connecticut College two weeks ago by defeat the Camels, 3-0, before earning a win and tie against the Ephs last weekend. Anne Gillard and Eileen Harris each potted one goal during their team’s last outing, while Yuna Evans deflected 26-of-28 saves.

Trinity enters the weekend series third in the NESCAC in scoring offense; they’re averaging 3.00 goals per game, while Amherst is four with 2.90. The Lord Jeffs scoring defense (1.70 goals per game) is second behind Middlebury, while Trinity is third (2.10).

Mass. College Hockey: Afternoon Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com

Here are the scores from this afternoon’s contest. Remember to check back tomorrow for notes on the various weekend tilts.

Men’s Ice Hockey

* No. 17 Vermont 6, Boston University 2

* No. 6 Babson 3, No. 9 UMass Boston 2

* No. 7 Williams 2, Bowdoin 1

* Wentworth 4, Becker 3 (OT)

* Fitchburg State 8, Framingham State 2

* Stonehill 4, Southern New Hampshire 2

* UMass Dartmouth 6, Westfield State 3

Women’s Ice Hockey

* Vermont 5, No. 9/10 Boston University 1

* Northeastern 8, Maine 2

* No. 7 Boston College 5, New Hampshire 3

* No. 5 Harvard 3, Rensselaer 1

* Castleton State 6, Nichols 2

* Holy Cross 3, Southern Maine 0

* Williams 4, Colby 0

* UMass Boston 3, St. Michael’s 1

Mass. College Hoops: Saturday Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com  

Here are Saturday’s scores and highlights.

Men’s Basketball 

Florida State 60, No. 22 UMass 55: The 10-game winning streak came to a screeching halt as the Minutemen converted 1 of 15 shots from beyond the arc, while going 14 of 24 from the charity stripe. Derrick Gordon led UMass with a team-high 12 points, while Chaz Williams and Cady Lalanne netted 10 points, respectively.

Boston University 83, Maryland 77: D.J. Irving registered a game-best 25 points, along with two assists and two steals as the Terriers defeated Maryland on the road.

Holy Cross 74, NJIT 55: Malcolm Miller scored a game-high 18 points, as well as registered nine rebounds, seven blocks, three assists and one steal, which helped the Crusaders cruise to their sixth win of the season.

Harvard 74, Vermont 68: Siyani Chambers poured in 27 points in 39 minutes, while Kyle Casey netted 11 points as the Crimson defeated the Catamounts in Cambridge.

Northeastern 62, Milwaukee 59: The Huskies six-game skid came to an end this evening as Northeastern rallied to earn its third win of the season. Scott Eatherton finished with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Bentley 99, Golden-Beacom 65: Tyler McFarland connected on 8 of 14 shots from the field, including two triples for game-high 18 points as the Falcons soared to their eighth win of the season.

Women’s Basketball

Harvard 60, Hofstra 41: Temi Fagbenle registered a double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds, while Erin McDonnell poured in a team-high 17 points as the Crimson defeated Hofstra to earn its eighth win of the season.

Bentley 71, LIU Post 59: Jen Gemma scored a team-high 20 points and recorded 12 caroms in 17 minutes, which helped the Falcons defeat the Pioneers. With the win, Bentley improves to 11-0 and remains the number one-ranked team in the USA TODAY Sports/ WBCA Division II poll.

Assumption 80, Bloomfield 70: Shannon Ray netted a game-high 17 points, as well as recorded five boards, four assists and one steal in the Hounds’ seventh victory of the season.

AIC 76, Chestnut Hill 52: Krista Ferrentino scored 16 points and recorded six boards, one assists and one steal in the Yellow Jackets’ seventh win of the season.

Mass. College Hockey: Tuesday Evening Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com 

While the first half of the 2013-14 season is slowly coming to a close, there is at least a few games to watch or attend prior to the first of the year. Below is this evening’s schedule, which features three Hockey East teams.

Men’s Ice Hockey: 

* Denver at Massachusetts, 7 p.m.

* Northeastern at Vermont, 7:05 p.m.

Quick Note: After this evening’s contests, the next local tilt will be a tournament game between Boston College and Bowling Green, which is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 27. We’ll have a post later this week of all the local teams that’ll be competing in holiday tournaments.