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#9 Massachusetts and #3 Providence meet for a home-and home-series after each only playing one game last weekend
Hockey East Weekend Preview
News and notes from the upcoming weekend of Hockey East action

#9 UMass vs. #3 Providence (home-and-home)

- #9 Massachusetts and #3 Providence meet for a home-and home-series after each only playing one game last weekend. The Minutemen defeated New Hampshire, 5-1, in Hockey East action while the Friars shut out Holy Cross, 3-0, in non-conference play.

- Mitchell Chaffee (Rockford, Mich.) and Matt Murray (Alberta, Alta.) lead the charge against the Wildcats in UMass' first victory at New Hampshire since 2006. Chaffee tallied three points (1g, 2a) in the victory, pushing his point streak to four and Murray recorded 19 saves in the victory putting his record for the season at 4-0-0.

- Hayden Hawkey (Parker, Colo.) posted his third shutout of the season for the Friars on Saturday night. He recorded 27 shots in the game, upping his save total to 126 on the season.

- The two-game set will be featured on television each night as UMass appears in the top 10 rankings for the first time since 2009 and will clash with a fellow top 10 opponent at home for the first time since 2008. The Minutemen beat the Friars twice last season, with both wins coming in Amherst.


Boston College vs. Vermont

- Vermont went 1-1-0 in a two-game series with UConn at Gutterson Fieldhouse over the weekend that saw staunch goaltending and just four goals scored. The Catamounts lost the first tilt, 1-0, before coming back to defeat the Huskies, 2-1, in overtime on Saturday night.

- Sophomore forward Ace Cowans (Beverly, Mass.) had the game-winning tally in Saturday's victory, the first of his career. On the back end, goaltender Stefanos Lekkas (Elburn, Ill.) turned away 66 of 68 UConn attempts over the two starts.

- Boston College plays host to the Catamounts for the first time since the 2017 Hockey East quarterfinals that saw Jerry York's squad move on to the Hockey East semifinals at TD Garden.

- The Eagles come into the weekend after earning their first win of the season in a home-and-home series with Merrimack. They dropped Friday night's game, 2-1, before downing the Warriors, 4-1, at home.

- Junior forward David Cotton (Parker, Texas) tallied four points in Saturday night's victory on two goals and two assists, his second four-point effort of the season. He earned Hockey East Player of the Week honors for his performance.


#15 Northeastern vs. UConn, vs. UMass Lowell

- #15 Northeastern hosts league opponents UConn and UMass Lowell this weekend at Matthews Arena after going 0-1-1 against Boston University in last week's home-and-home series. The Huskies played to a 5-5 draw in overtime on Friday night, before dropping a 4-1 decision on Saturday to the Terriers, BU's first win of the young season.

- Grant Jozefek (Chester, N.J.) and Patrick Schule (Queens, N.Y.) each found the back of the net twice in Friday night's tie.


UMass Lowell vs. New Hampshire, at #15 Northeastern

- UMass Lowell enters the weekend with a record of 4-4-0 on the season after going 1-1-0 in league play on the road at Maine. The River Hawks fell to the Black Bears, 4-3, on Friday night, before taking a 1-0 decision on Saturday.

- Sam Knoblauch (Rochester, Mich.) had a goal in an assist in Friday night's loss and then went on to net the lone tally of the game in Saturday night's victory. His three points, four shots on net, and plus-four rating were good to earn Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week honors Merrimack at Bemidji State

- Merrimack heads to Minnesota to take on non-conference opponent Bemidji State after playing five straight in Hockey East action. Their latest match-ups came against Boston College in a split home-and-home series. The Warriors took game one at home, 2-1, before dropping game two, 4-1, in Chestnut Hill.

- Freshman Tyler Heidt (Saskatoon, Sask.) found the back of the net for the first time of his collegiate career in the second period on Friday night, with what proved to be the game-winning tally. Goaltender Craig Pantano (Bridgewater, Mass.) helped to seal the win for Merrimack, turning away 31 Eagles attempts.


New Hampshire at UMass Lowell, vs. Boston University

- New Hampshire is set for a pair of Hockey East opponents after dropping its only game of the weekend to then-#11 UMass last weekend. Mike Souza's team fell, 5-1, as they hosted the Minutemen.

- Forward Kohei Sato (Nishitokyo, Japan) scored the Wildcats' only goal of the game. The strike was the sophomore's first point of the season.

- Boston University enters the weekend after taking three points in conference action from then-#13 Northeastern. The Terriers defeated the Huskies, 4-1, on home ice Saturday night, after playing to a 5-5 draw in overtime at Matthews Arena on Thursday.

- Dante Fabbro (New Westminster, B.C.) helped lead the offensive charge for the Terriers. The junior defenseman dished out two helpers in Thursday's tie, before finding the back of the net twice on Saturday. Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.) had 64 saves over the weekend, including 37 in Boston University's 4-1 victory, their first of the season.


UConn at #15 Northeastern, vs. Brown

- UConn travels north to Boston on Friday to take on the other Huskies of Hockey East before playing host to Brown in non-conference action on Tuesday.

- UConn rolls out of a weekend that saw the Huskies go 1-1-0 on the road at Vermont. Mike Cavanaugh's outfit took game one, 1-0, on a goal from Karl El-Mir (Montreal, Que.) and dropped game two in a 2-1 overtime decision.

- Goaltender Adam Huska (Zvolen, Slovakia) posted a season-high 39 saves on Friday night, earning his first shutout of the year. The junior's efforts were good for Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors.