~UMass hosts No. 14 BU on CBS College Sports: Vermont travels to Maine for two ~
The UMass Minutemen host the Boston University Terriers on CBS College Sports Friday night
Vermont at Maine - Two-Game Series (Fri., Sat. at Alfond Arena)
- Stu Haskell will be honored with the prestigious Hockey East Founders Medal prior to Friday night's game
against Vermont. Haskell was the third Commissioner of Hockey East serving five years from (1988-1993). He was
also athletic director at the University of Maine from 1982-1987.
- Maine is 9-1-1 on the season when scoring 4+ goals in a game. The lone loss was to UNH on Feb. 5
- Vermont is 6-4-1 all time at Alfond Arena and swept the last two-game series played on Maine's home ice (Feb.
No. 11 Merrimack vs. No. 6 UNH - Two-Game Series (Fri. at UNH, Sat. at MC)
- Merrimack has wins in 10 of its last 11 games and will look to lock up a playoff spot, while UNH can lock up a
home ice spot over the weekend for the 15th straight season in several different scenarios.
- UNH won the only meeting so far this season, 2-1, back on Nov. 27 at the Whittemore Center.
- Athletic Republic Player of the Week Chris Barton had nine points last weekend against UMass and NU, getting
a career-high five on Saturday after tallying a career-high four assists on Friday.
- Merrimack has won seven straight away from home, something the program had not accomplished since 1987
when it was a Division II team.
Northeastern at UMass-Lowell (Fri. at Tsongas Center)
- NU goalie Chris Rawlings owns a 4-1-2 record with a 1.25 GAA, .962 save percentage and four shutouts in his
last seven starts for the Huskies.
- The Huskies are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games and have won 70% of their games to start the New Year in two of
the last three seasons.
- The River Hawks lead in the all-time series with Northeastern, 53-38-7. When hosting the Huskies, the River
Hawks are 24-16-2 and 10-9-1 since the opening of the Tsongas Center. This season however, Northeastern claimed
both games by scores of 3-1 on Oct. 23 and Jan. 8.
No. 1 Boston College at Providence (Fri. at Schneider Arena)
- BC is 8-0-2 in its last 10 games against the Friars. The last time the Friars defeated the Eagles was on February
28, 2008, at Conte Forum by a 3-2 score.
- The PC penalty kill ranks 19th nationally at a 83.9% conversion rate. In the last 11 games, the Friars have killed
off 64 of 71 penalties (90%).
No. 14 Boston U. (Fri.), Providence (Sat.) at Massachusetts (at Mullins Center)
- The Terriers lead the season series so far, 1-0-1 with a pair of games back in October, BU won the most recent
meeting, 4-3, on Oct. 22.
- Providence leads the series with UMass, 1-0-1, which included a 3-2 Friars win back on Oct. 30 at Schneider
- The UMass penalty kill had gone 37 of 42 (88%) over the last 10 games. UMass has not allowed an extra man
goal in seven of the last 11 games.
- The Minutemen are 5-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.