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Maine looks to continue its success at Alfond Arena this year as the Black Bears carry a 10-0-2 home record into the weekend and will play five of their final six in Orono
Hockey East Men's Weekend Preview
News and notes from the upcoming weekend of Hockey East action

#12 Northeastern vs. #11 UMass Lowell (home and home)

- #11 UMass Lowell will host the #12 Northeastern Huskies on Friday night as they kick off a homeand- home series. In three contests between the two in 2018-19, Northeastern earned two wins and the River Hawks took home the third victory.

- The Huskies battled Boston University into double overtime on Monday night to claim their thirdstraight Beanpot crown. The game officially ended in a 4-4 tie, the first in Beanpot title game history.

- After clawing back from a two-goal deficit in the first period, Northeastern netted four goals in the second stanza from Tyler Madden (Deerfield Beach, Fla.), Aidan McDonough (Milton, Mass), tournament MVP Zach Solow (Naples, Fla.), and Grant Jozefek (Chester, N.J.). It was sophomore defenseman Jordan Harris (Haverhill, Mass.) who found the back of the net with just over five minutes remaining in the second overtime period.

- UMass Lowell picked up four conference points last weekend with a 3-2 road win at #7 Boston College on Friday and 4-3 over Merrimack on Saturday. Rookie defenseman Marek Korencik (Zilina, Slovakia) netted both game-winning goals, his first-ever tallies as a River Hawk.

- Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week Tyler Wall (Leamington, Ontario) earned his sixth honor of the year by denying 47 of the 52 shots he faced in the two contests.


#7 Boston College vs. Merrimack (home and home)

- A crucial home-and-home series begins for the #7 Eagles and Merrimack on Friday night at Lawler Rink. Last season, these two split a two-game series. Boston College could vault into first place in the Army ROTC Hockey East Standings with a sweep, while Merrimack could potentially be eliminated from playoff contention over the weekend.

- Last Friday, the Warriors claimed a 5-1 victory at Boston University. Senior Tyler Irvine (Livonia, Mich.) posted a goal and two assists for three points to push the Warriors to victory. Goaltender Jere Huhtamaa (Helsinki, Finland) recorded 36 saves, allowing only one goal. Merrimack then faced off with then-#14 UMass Lowell on Saturday, where they were defeated, 4-3.

- The Eagles participated in the Beanpot third-place game on Monday night against Harvard, where they posted a 7-2 win over the Crimson.

- After going down a goal early in the first, BC went on a roll and scored five unanswered goals, two of them coming while shorthanded. The Eagles got multi-point performances from six different skaters to improve to 17-8-1 on the year.

- Senior Julius Mattila's (Tampere, Finland) picked up his 100th career point as an Eagle on Monday to become the 82nd member of Boston College's 100-point club.


#14 Providence at Vermont

- The #14 Friars travel to Burlington, Vermont for a two-game set at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Last season, the Friars and Catamounts met twice with Vermont taking three of four points on the road from then-#9 Providence.

- Most recently, Providence dropped both games of a home-and-home with then-#8 UMass. Netminder Michael Lackey (Washington, D.C.) stopped 33 of 35 shots in Friday's 3-1 setback and blocked 15 more in a 5-1 loss on Saturday.

- Credit for the two Friars goals went to Matt Koopman (Marblehead, Mass.) on Friday and Tyce Thompson (Milford, Conn.) on Saturday.

- Most recently, Vermont spent the weekend in Durham, New Hampshire where the Catamounts up with the Wildcats for a two-game set. After falling, 6-3, to the Wildcats on Friday night, they came out hot and took a 1-0 lead off a shorthanded goal from Corey Moriarty (Estero, Fla.) on Saturday. After a third-period come-back, UNH claimed a 2-1 victory when the final buzzer sounded.

- Between the pipes, Stefanos Lekkas (Elburn, Ill.) recorded 38 saves in Saturday night's setback after making 19 stops on Friday.


#17 Maine vs. UConn

- #17 Maine looks to continue its success at Alfond Arena this year as the Black Bears carry a 10-0-2 home record into the weekend and will play five of their final six in Orono. It was just a month ago that UConn and Maine faced off in Bridgeport, Connecticut, as UConn claimed two conference points with a 3-2 win on Jan. 15.

- The Huskies are coming off of a bye-weekend and sit tied for seventh in the Army ROTC Hockey East Standings and are just four points out of second.

- The Black Bears played once last weekend, claiming a 4-2 home victory over then-#12 Northeastern. The Black Bears are currently tied for third place with #7 Boston College in the Army ROTC Hockey East Standings and have a chance to lift into first with a weekend sweep.

- Eduards Tralmaks (Riga, Latvia) recorded a two-point performance (1g, 1a) in Maine's win over Northeastern. Other Black Bear goals came from Patrick Shea (Marshfield, Mass. ), Adam Dawe (Gander, Newfoundland), and Ryan Smith (Roanoke, Va.)


Boston University vs. New Hampshire (home and home)

- It will be Wildcats versus the Terriers this weekend as Boston University New Hampshire dive into a two-game home-and-home series. Boston University walked away with a 3-0 win on Oct. 26 as Sam Tucker (Wilton, Conn.) stopped 32 shots for his first shutout as a Terrier against UNH.

- In Monday night's Beanpot championship Trevor Zegras (Bedford, N.Y.) tied the game at 4-4 with just 1.2 seconds left on the clock. The game ended in an official 4-4 draw before Northeastern claimed victory in double overtime.

- Zegras had two goals on the night, with other Terrier goals coming from Jake Wise (Reading, Mass.) and David Farrance (Victor, N.Y.)

- The Wildcats swept last weekend as they hosted Vermont for two games. In a 6-3 victory on Friday, junior defenseman Benton Maass (Elk River, Minn.) recorded a career-best two goals. Sophomore Filip EngarĂ¥s (Stockholm, Sweden) added one tally on Friday, before netting the game-winning goal in Saturday night's 2-1 victory to secure the weekend sweep.

- Boston University and New Hampshire are currently tied for fifth in the Army ROTC Hockey East Standings with 19 points each. With a sweep, either team could lift themselves into a hosting position for the quarterfinals of the Hockey East Tournament with only two league weekends remaining.