AROUND HOCKEY EAST: New Hampshire was able to pick up four points in Hockey East play over historical rival Maine this weekend, winning the home-and-home series, 5-1, and 4-3. Senior forward Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) continued his hot-play by leading the Wildcats in scoring with six points (4g, 2a), moving into second place in the NCAA with 30 points on the year. Junior netminder Daniel Tirone (Trumbull, Conn.) backstopped New Hampshire, posting a .953 save percentage in the two wins, including a 38-save performance in UNH's 4-3 victory at Alfond Arena on Saturday … No. 12 Notre Dame split a two-game Hockey East series at UMass this weekend. On Friday the Minutemen held on to earn a 5-4 victory, after a wild third period the Fighting Irish pull within one goal three separate times. Senior forward Steven Iacobellis (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) recorded three points (1g, 2a) in the effort. On Saturday the Irish came back to post a 3-0 victory, as goaltender Cal Peterson (Waterloo, Iowa) recorded 22 saves in the shutout win ... UConn took three points in conference play from No. 3 UMass Lowell over the weekend, moving its record against the River Hawks to 4-1-1 in conference play since moving into Hockey East in 2014-15. On Friday, the Huskies earned a 3-2 victory on the road behind sophomore forward Tage Thompson's (Orange, Conn.) two goals, including the game-winner. On Saturday the teams skated to a 2-2 stalemate at the XL Center that saw both UConn's Adam Huska (Svolen, Slovakia) and UMass Lowell's Garrett Metcalf (Salt Lake City, Utah) make 34 saves in the game ... No. 4 Boston College won in dramatic fashion in Tuesday's Hockey East tilt with Northeastern. Sophomore defenseman Michael Kim (Toronto, Ont.) buried a short-handed goal with 28 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Eagles a 2-1 win. Jerry York and company then traveled to the Big Apple to face No. 9 North Dakota in the College Hockey Showdown at Madison Square Garden. The Eagles could not overcome two third-period goals and fell to the Fighting Hawks, 4-3. Senior defenseman Scott Savage (San Clemente, Calif.) recorded three assists in the effort … No. 5 Boston University earned a three-point weekend against conference foe Providence. First-year goalie Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.) made 38 saves Friday, backstopping the Terriers to a 2-1 victory. In Saturday's series finale, forward Nikolas Olsson (Escondido, Calif.) recorded the equalizer with 2:49 to play in regulation to force extra time, eventually ending in a 2-2 draw.
Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) racked up six points (4g, 2a) in a pair of wins over Maine, scoring two goals and adding an assist each night. He netted both game-winning goals in the home-and-home series and now sits second in the nation in points scored with 30 on 12 goals and 18 assists.
Adam Huska (Zvolen, Slovakia) turned in a pair of 30-plus-save outings, going 1-0-1 with No. 3 UMass Lowell. He stopped 31 in a 3-2 road win and 34 in a 2-2 tie. It was his third Hockey East road win this year, all against teams ranked in the top 10 nationally at the time.
Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.) stopped 68 of 71 shots in a 1-0-1 weekend, including a career-high 38 stops in Friday's 2-1 win. The rookie netminder also recorded a 1.45 goals against average and .958 save percentage in the two outings, helping his team to three Hockey East points to climb within three points of second place in the conference.
HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS
Scott Savage, BC (Sr., D; San Clemente, Calif.) Racked up three assists in 4-3 setback to No. 9 North Dakota.
Nikolas Olsson, BU (Jr., F; Escondido, Calif.) Scored Friday's game-winner in his first game back after missing seven due to injury and netted the game-tying goal in a 2-2 draw Saturday and assisted on the first BU goal.
Patrick Curry, BU (Fr., F; Schaumburg, Ill.) Assisted on both of BU's third-period goals Friday to erase a two-goal deficit Saturday.
Tage Thompson, UConn (So., F: Orange, Conn.) Scored twice, including the decisive goal, in a 3-2 road win at then No. 3 UMass Lowell. He reached the 50-point mark (24g, 26a) in just 52 games.
Steven Iacobellis, UMass (Sr., F; Port Coquitlam, B.C.) Scored once and added two assists, including setting up the game-winning goal, in a 5-4 win over No. 12 Notre Dame on Friday.
Ray Pigozzi, UMass (Sr., F; Evanston, Ill.) Scored two goals, including the decisive tally, in a 5-4 win Friday over the Irish.
Joe Gambardella, UML (Sr., F; Staten Island, N.Y.) Dished out three assists in a 0-1-1 weekend with UConn, climbing his career total to 99 (36g, 63a) in just 125 games as a River Hawk.
Colin O'Neill, UML (Fr., F; Odenton, Md.) Scored the first two goals of his career Friday, a 3-2 loss to UConn.
Garrett Metcalf, UML (Fr., G; Salt Lake City, Utah) Made 34 saves in his first NCAA start Saturday, earning a 2-2 draw at UConn.
Liam Blackburn, UNH (Fr., F; Prince George, B.C.) Picked up three points (2g, 1a) in a home-and-home with Maine, scoring twice in a 4-3 win in Orono.
Daniel Tirone, UNH (Jr., G; Trumbull, Conn.) Made 61 saves in a weekend sweep of Maine, making 38 saves on 41 shots at Alfond Arena for UNH's first win at Maine since 2012.
Jake Evans, ND (Jr., F; Montreal, Que.) Scored two goals in Notre Dame's 3-0 win Saturday and assisted on one in Friday's setback. He finished plus-five in a weekend split with UMass and won 67.3% of his faceoffs.