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New Hampshire and UMass face off in each team's lone game of the weekend to open their three game regular season series on Sunday afternoon
Hockey East Men's Weekend Preview
News and notes from the upcoming weekend of Hockey East action

New Hampshire vs. #2 UMass

- New Hampshire and UMass face off in each team's lone game of the weekend to open their three game regular season series on Sunday afternoon at the Whittemore Center. In 2018-19 the two teams clashed four times, twice during the regular season and twice during the Hockey East Tournament quarterfinals. The Minutemen swept each series, going 4-0-0 against the Wildcats on the year.

- The Wildcats opened the month of November with two overtime victories during their home-opener weekend in Durham. They defeated Hockey East foe and then-#15 Boston College, 1-0, in the extra frame after 60 scoreless minutes of play, before going on to defeat Dartmouth, 5-4, in non-conference action.

- Angus Crookshank (North Vancouver, B.C) earned Hockey East Co-Player of the Week honors after netting the game-winning goal against the Eagles and adding three points (2g, 1a) against the Big Green. Junior goaltender, Mike Robinson (Bedford, N.H.) earned the first shutout of the season with 28 saves against the Eagles.

- UMass is currently riding a five-game winning streak after taking four points in league play from Northeastern. The Minutemen defeated the Huskies by scores of 6-3 and 4-2 to take the regular season series between the two reigning Hockey East Champions, 2-1-0.

- Junior John Leonard (Amherst, Mass.) paced the UMass offense with two goals in each game. He earned Hockey East Co-Player of the Week honors for his efforts and has now scored two goals in three straight contests, the first player in the Minutemen's Division I history to achieve that feat.


Boston University vs. #11 Providence (home and home)

- The Terriers and Friars battle it out twice this weekend when they faceoff in a key Hockey East home-and-home series. The programs split a three-game regular season series, 1-1-1, last year, with each team's win coming on the road.

- Last weekend, both BU and Providence collected records of 0-1-1.

- Boston University looks to bounce back after giving up three points in league play during a weekend swing at Maine. They fell to the Black Bears, 4-2, before coming from behind to force the extra frame in a 2-2 overtime draw.

- Matthew Quercia (Andover, Mass.) netted the game-tying goal on Saturday with just under three minutes to go in regulation to force the extra frame and help secure a point for the Terriers.

- Providence is carrying a three-game winless streak, playing Colgate to a 3-3 overtime draw last Friday before falling to Boston College, 3-2, on Saturday night to close out their regular season series, 1-1-0.

- Sophomore Jack Dugan (Rochester, N.Y.) had four points (1g, 3a) on the weekend. The forward has tallied at least one point in all but one Providence game this season and was named Hockey East Player of the Month for the month of October.


Merrimack vs. #13 Northeastern (home and home)

- The Warriors and Huskies face off twice this weekend, with each team getting a night of home ice advantage in their regular season Hockey East series. Northeastern won a three-game season series in 2018-19, 2-1-0.

- Merrimack enters the weekend off of a split home-and-home with UConn. The Warriors dropped a 3-2 decision on Friday, before earning a 3-2 victory of their own on Sunday. Rookie Liam Walsh (Bridgeville, Penn.) had two goals on the weekend, including the first goal of his collegiate career on Friday night.

- The Warriors gave up a season-low of 17 shots in their Sunday victory over UConn.

- Northeastern will look to put a stop to a three-game slide after giving up four points in a home-and-home weekend with UMass. They fell to the Minutemen, 6-3 and 4-2, to close out their regular season series at 1-2-0. Tyler Madden (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) added two assists over the weekend to push his point streak to five games (5g, 2a.)


#14 UMass Lowell vs. Maine

- UMass Lowell welcomes Maine to the Tsongas Center for two league meetings over the weekend. The two teams split their series last season, 1-1-0, with the Black Bears taking the first game, 4-3, and the River Hawks earning a, 1-0, shutout victory in game two in Orono.

- The River Hawks are back on home ice after a weekend road trip to Vermont. They earned four points on the road, defeating the Catamounts, 2-1 and 5-3. Senior netminder Tyler Wall (Leamington, Ont.) earned his second straight Defensive Player of the Week honors after kicking out 70 of 74 shots faced, which was good for a .946% save percentage and 2.00 goals against average.

- The Black Bears enter the weekend after taking three points from Boston University in their first full league weekend of the year. They defeated the Terriers, 4-2, on Friday, before playing to a 2-2 overtime draw on Saturday. First-year forward Ben Poisson (Vancouver, B.C.) recorded the first two points of his collegiate career in Friday night's victory on a goal and an assist en route to being tabbed Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week.


#19 Boston College vs. UConn (home and home)

- A home-and-home series begins Friday night as UConn heads to Chestnut Hill to face off with #19 Boston College. The last match up between the Huskies and the Eagles took place in February of 2019, where the Eagles marched away with a 5-3 victory. The two teams faced off three times last year, with the Eagles sweeping the regular season series.

- The Eagles most recently split a league weekend on the road at New Hampshire and Providence. They fell to the Wildcats, 1-0, in overtime, before snapping a four-game skid in a 3-2 victory over the Friars. Julius Mattila (Tampere, Finland) had two points in the victory, dishing out an assist and netting the game-winning goal.

- Senior forwards David Cotton (Parker, Texas) and Julius Mattila (Tampere, Finland) each had a goal and an assist in the Eagles win over the Friars, while rookie netminder Spencer Knight (Darien, Conn.) held strong with 52 saves on 55 shots on the weekend.

- The Huskies currently sit at 1-1-0 in Hockey East play after a home and home split with Merrimack. They defeated the Warriors, 3-2, on the road, before falling, 3-2, at home. Sophomore Jachym Kondelik (Budejovice, Czech Republic) recorded three points on the weekend, finding the back of the net twice in Friday's victory, including netting the game winning strike, before adding an assist on Sunday.