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Boston University looks to extend its current two-game winning roll when the Terriers host conference opponent Maine for two games.
Hockey East Weekend Preview
News and notes from the upcoming weekend of Hockey East action

#4 Massachusetts at Holy Cross, vs. New Hampshire

- #4 UMass is currently on a five-game win streak after taking four points in conference play from then-#4 Providence last weekend to improve to 8-1-0, its best start in Division I history. The Minutemen are a perfect 5-0-0 against Hockey East rivals to start the year.

- Matt Murray (Albert, Alta.) backstopped UMass to the two victories last weekend, turning away 58 Friar attempts en route to improving to 6-0-0 on the season. His record is the best start that any UMass goalie has had in Division I play. The sophomore earned Hockey East Player of the Week honors for his efforts.

- Rookie Anthony Del Gaizo (Basking Ridge, N.J.) recorded his first game-winning goal in Saturday night's victory, scoring with less than two minutes left to play to take the win for the Minutemen.


Merrimack vs. #9 Providence (home and home)

- Merrimack returns from a road trip at Bemidji State for a home and home series with #9 Providence. The Warriors split the weekend with the Beavers, losing the first game, 8-3, before bouncing back to take game two, 1-0. Goaltender Craig Pantano (Bridgewater, Mass.) turned away 38 Bemidji State shots in the victory, a career high for the senior, and earned him Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season.

- Junior Tyler Irvine (Livonia, Mich.) netted two goals over the weekend, including the lone goal on Saturday. The forward currently leads the team with eight points (4g, 4a).

- #9 Providence dropped two games to then-#9 UMass over the weekend. The Friars fell to the Minutemen by a score of 3-2 in each of the games to fall to 2-2-0 in Hockey East play.

- Jacob Bryson (London, Ont.) recorded three points for the Friars in the two setbacks. The junior defenseman had a goal on Thursday night and two helpers on Saturday.


Vermont vs. #13 Northeastern

- The Catamounts play host #13 Northeastern in a single Hockey East match up on Friday night. Vermont is coming off a two-game road swing that saw them drop a pair of games at Boston College.

- Goaltender Stefanos Lekkas (Elburn, Ill.) had 65 saves on the weekend, with 38 of those coming on Thursday night.

- #13 Northeastern hits the road to take on Vermont in their only game of the weekend carrying a 3-1-0 mark in away games this year. The Huskies earned two one-goal victories over Hockey East opponents last weekend, topping UConn, 3-2 with just 1:14 remaining in the game on Friday before earning a 5-4 overtime victory against UMass Lowell on Saturday.

- Rookie Tyler Madden (Deerfoot Beach, Fla.) lead all first-year players with four points over the weekend (1g, 3a). His goal tied Saturday night's game with just under five minutes to go in regulation to force the extra frame. The freshman was awarded Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week honors for his efforts.


Boston College vs. New Hampshire

- Boston College plays host to New Hampshire in its only game of the weekend. The Eagles are currently riding a three-game winning streak after starting the season 0-5-0. Their most recent victories come in the form of a weekend sweep of Vermont which saw them win by scores of, 4-1 and 3-2.

- David Cotton (Parker, Texas) is carrying a three-game point streak after tallying points in each of Boston College's last three games. The junior had four points (3g, 1a) on the weekend, including the game-winning tally in Saturday's victory, and has eight (5g, 3a) on his current run.

- New Hampshire will look to earn its second win of the season this weekend after going 0-1-1 in Hockey East play last weekend. Both games went into overtime, as Friday night's game against the River Hawks ended in a 2-2 draw and Saturday's match up against the Terriers ending in a 3-2 loss.

- UNH freshman Jackson Pierson (Zionsville, Ind.) had the game-tying goal on Saturday to force the extra frame against Boston University. The rookie also dished out an assist in Friday's draw.


UConn vs. UMass Lowell (home and home)

- The Huskies enter the weekend after snapping their two-game winless streak against non-conference opponent Brown on Tuesday night. UConn fell to the Northeastern Huskies of Hockey East, 3-2, in conference action on Friday.

- Freshman Jonny Evans (North Delta, B.C.) lead the offensive charge for the Huskies in Tuesday night's victory. The rookie found the back of the net twice in four shots on goal.

- UConn plays the final series before heading to Belfast, Northern Ireland to take part in the 2018 Friendship Four Tournament alongside Boston University, Colgate and Yale over Thanksgiving.

- UMass Lowell skated in two games that went to an extra frame last weekend, taking a 0-1-1 mark against league opponents. On Friday night, the River Hawks scored twice in the third period to force overtime and salvage a 2-2 draw with New Hampshire. On Saturday, UMass Lowell fell, 5-4, in the extra period at then-#15 Northeastern.

- Ryan Lohin (Chadds Ford, Pa.) recorded five points (4g, 1a) on the weekend. The junior netted two goals in each game, including the game-tying score on Friday to force the extra period with just 1:46 left in the game as UML had an extra attacker on the ice.


Boston University vs. Maine

- Boston University looks to extend its current two-game winning roll when the Terriers host conference opponent Maine for two games. Their most recent victory came in a 3-2 overtime victory on the road at New Hampshire.

- Shane Bowers (Halifax, N.S.) sealed the deal for the Terriers when he netted the shorthanded game-winning goal just over half-way through the overtime period. The sophomore also scored a goal on the power play in the game.

- Maine is back on the road after last hosting UMass Lowell for two league match ups in Orono Nov. 2-3. The Black Bears took game one from the River Hawks, 4-3, but came up short in game two, falling 1-0.

- Goaltender Jeremy Swayman (Anchorage, Alaska) had 71 saves on the weekend, including a 44 save performance in Saturday's loss. The 44 stops were the most the sophomore has recorded through eight games this season.