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#10 Providence returns from a road trip out west at #7 Denver to take on Hockey East rival opponent New Hampshire in a home and home series.
Hockey East Weekend Preview
News and notes from the upcoming weekend of Hockey East action

Boston University vs. Boston College (home and home)

- Boston University returns from Belfast, Northern Ireland with a second-place finish in the Friendship Four Tournament to take on fierce rival Boston College in their annual home and home series for the 278th and 279th times.

- Goaltender Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.) put up impressive numbers overseas, turning away 75 of 79 shots faced, posting a .949 save percentage and 2.03 goals against average. The juniors numbers over the weekend were good for Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors.

- The Eagles will look to bounce back when they take on the Terriers in the Battle of Comm Ave. They have now gone winless in their last two games, dropping their only game of the weekend, 4-2, to non-conference opponent Bentley.

- David Cotton (Parker, Texas) and Logan Hutsko (Tampa, Fla.) continue to be the main offensive generators for Boston College. Cotton is riding a five game point streak after netting a goal in Friday's loss and Hutsko now has nine points (1g, 8a) in his last six outings.

#10 Providence vs. New Hampshire (home and home)

- #10 Providence returns from a 0-1-1 road trip out west at #7 Denver to take on Hockey East rival opponent New Hampshire in a home and home series. The Friars dropped game one to the Pioneers, 3-1, before bouncing back and playing to a 4-4 overtime draw in game two.

- Greg Printz (Fairfax, Virginia) recorded a goal in each game over the weekend for the Friars. The sophomore is on a five-game point streak and has five points (4g, 1a) in that span.

- New Hampshire returns to Hockey East action after going 1-0-1 at home against then-#19 Miami. They played to a 3-3 tie in overtime on Friday night before knocking off the RedHawks, 4-1, on Saturday.

- Liam Blackburn (Prince George, B.C.) had two goals on the weekend, including the game-tying goal with less than a minute to play to force the overtime frame on Friday. Freshman Angus Crookshank (North Vancouver, B.C) had three points on the weekend with one goal and two helpers. He set up the game-winning goal on Saturday and earned Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week for his effort.

#3 UMass vs. UConn

- The #3 Minutemen are currently riding an eight-game winning streak as they play host to Hockey East opponent UConn on Friday night. UMass enters the weekend with the highest ranking in program history, elevating to the third-best team in the nation after taking down then-#18 Princeton in a 3-2 overtime victory on Saturday.

- Sophomore Oliver Chau (Oakville, Ont.) found an opportune time to net his first goal of the season, finding the back of the Tigers' net just over halfway into the overtime period. His strike to extend the Minutemen's program-best win streak was good enough to receive Hockey East Player of the Week honors.

- UConn returns from the Friendship Four Tournament in Belfast, Northern Ireland looking to snap a four-game slide. The Huskies fell to Boston University, 3-2, in the first round of play and, 6-3, to Yale in the third-place game overseas.

- Huskies senior Karl El-Mir (Montreal, Que.) had three points in the two losses, recording a goal and an assist on Friday and dishing out another helper on Saturday. The forward finished the weekend with six shots on goal.

#13 Northeastern vs. Merrimack

- #13 Northeastern reenters conference play when the Huskies take on Merrimack at Matthews Arena for the first of three meetings with the Warriors this season. The Huskies are coming off a 4-3 victory over RIT looking to push their wining streak to five games.

- Freshman Tyler Madden (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) scored the game-winning tally for Northeastern with just over five minutes remaining in the third period on Saturday. The goal was the rookie's fifth of the year and the first game-winner of his career.

- Merrimack enters this weekend after skating to a 2-2 draw with non-conference opponent Holy Cross over the weekend.

- Junior Tyler Irvine (Livonia, Mich.) pushed his point streak to five games, tallying a goal for the Warriors in the tie. He has recorded a point in 10 of Merrimack's 14 games to date on the year. Christian Simeone (Milton, Mass.) also found the back of the net in the stalemate, recording the first goal of his college campaign.

Vermont vs. Maine

- The Catamounts play host to Maine for a two-game series at Gutterson Fieldhouse after snapping a three-game losing skid over the weekend at Dartmouth. They defeated the Big Green, 5-3, in their only game of the weekend.

- Stefanos Lekkas (Elburn, Ill.) turned away 43 Dartmouth attempts for the Catamounts in the victory, upping his save total on the year to 331. It was the sixth time in his career that he has recorded 40 or more save in one game and the second time he has done so this season after kicking out 48 against Michigan on Oct. 6 in a 4-3 win.

- Maine hits the road after dropping two games at home to Quinnipiac. They fell to the Bobcats, 7-2, on Friday and were shut out, 2-0, on Saturday. Juniors Chase Pearson (Cornwall, Ont.) and Ryan Smith (Roanoke, Virginia) scored the Black Bears only goals of the weekend.