Hockey East Weekend Preview
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Boston University hosts New Hampshire for a Friday night game on ASN and NESN

No. 4 Boston University vs. New Hampshire Fri. 2/17 at BU; Sat. 2/18 at UNH

- The Terriers and Wildcats meet for the first time since last February in a home-and-home series this weekend. BU currently sits second in Hockey East, three points behind the league-leading Boston College Eagles with two weekends of play remaining.

- No. 4 Boston University looks to bounce back after falling twice last week; first to UMass Lowell, 3-2, on Friday night and Harvard, 6-3, in the championship game of the Beanpot on Monday night.

- New Hampshire comes into this weekend after a weekend split on the road against then-No.14 Vermont. Senior forward Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) posted four points on the weekend with two goals and two assists. He is currently second in the nation in points, with 51 on the year.

- The Wildcats, sitting seventh in the league table, is still within reach of a first-round bye, with a maximum of 25 points available to them. They either own tie-breakers or have not yet played five of the eight other teams within reach.


UMass vs. No. 6 UMass Lowell Sat. 2/18 at UMass

- No. 6 UMass Lowell heads to UMass on Saturday night for its only game of the weekend. This will be the third time that the two teams have met this season, including one non-conference tilt. The River Hawks hold a 2-0-0 advantage.

- UMass Lowell's Joe Gambardella (Staten Island, N.Y.) tallied three points last weekend as he helped the River Hawks to take four points in league play. Freshman forward Ryan Lohin (Chadds Ford, Pa.) added a goal and an assist in the victories.

- The Minutemen dropped a pair of league games last week, at UMass Lowell and Northeastern. In Saturday night's loss to the River Hawks, sophomore Ryan Badger (Hainesport, N.J.) went 80% on faceoffs for the night, winning 12 of 15 draws.

- UMass Lowell currently owns the third seed in the Hockey East tournament, tied with Notre Dame in points and has the ability, with help, to take the regular season crown.


No. 15 Notre Dame vs. No. 10 Providence Fri. 2/17, Sat. 2/18 at ND

- Separated by one point in the league standings, Providence and Notre Dame square off in a pivotal series that could determine opening-round byes.

- No. 15 Notre Dame welcomes in a red-hot Providence side as the Friars are currently riding a nine-game winning streak, all in league play. The Irish play host in their last two meetings as conference opponents.

- Sophomore forward Andrew Oglevie (Fullerton, Calif.) looks to extend his 10-game point streak, dating back to January 7. He's registered nine goals and four assists in that span for Notre Dame.

- Junior goaltender and captain Cal Petersen (Waterloo, Iowa) has played in 80 consecutive games for the Irish, which has him tied for the fifth-longest streak in NCAA Division I history. Petersen is currently 17-9-4 on the year with a 2.11 goals against average and .924 save percentage, both good for third in overall goaltending among Hockey East backstops.

- No. 10 Providence is currently on a league-leading nine-game win streak. In that time, they have outscored their opponents by a margin of 33-17.

- Brian Pinho (North Andover, Mass.) is currently on a six-game point streak dating back to January 27. Over that span, the junior forward has found the back of the net three times and dished out five helpers.


No. 11 Boston College vs. No. 16 UVM Fri. 2/17, Sat. 2/18 at BC

- This series will be the first time that the Eagles and Catamounts have met since last season's dramatic three-game series in the quarterfinal round of the Hockey East playoffs. The Eagles came out on top when Ryan Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass.) found the back of the net in overtime to send the Eagles to the semifinals at TD Garden.

- The No. 11 Eagles look to put a stop to their current three-game skid when they play host to No. 16 Vermont this weekend, who are 1-3-1 in its last five. Boston College has a chance to clinch the regular-season title this weekend with a series sweep and a Boston University loss and Notre Dame loss or tie.

- Kevin Sneddon's Catamounts will look to take four points from Boston College and vault into opening-round bye position after splitting a two-game homestand with UNH last weekend. Anthony Petruzelli (Federal Way, Wash.) netted a goal and an assist on Saturday night in his 100th career game.

- Mario Puskarich (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) netted his 50th career goal in Saturday night's 5-3 win over the Wildcats. The senior forward became the first player to reach the plateau in over 20 years for UVM.


Merrimack vs. Maine Fri. 2/17, Sat. 2/18 at Merrimack

- Merrimack is coming off a four-point weekend with wins at then-No. 7 Boston College and UMass. The win over the Eagles was the first time the Warriors had a victory at Kelley Rink since October 31, 1997.

- Hampus Gustafsson (Ljungby, Sweden) recorded a hat trick and two assists in Friday night's victory. His efforts earned him Hockey East Player of the Week honors.

- Maine seeks to end a four-game skid when they take on the Warriors this weekend. The Black Bears' Blaine Byron (Ottawa, Ont.) extended his point streak to five games over the weekend. During that time, the senior forward has found the back of the net three times and added four assists.


UConn vs. Northeastern Fri. 2/17 at UConn; Sat. 2/18 at NU

- Zach Aston-Reese (Staten Island, N.Y.) has 52 points on the year (24g, 28a) and is the first player to tally 50 points in a season for the Huskies since 1989-90. He is also the fastest NCAA player to 50 points, along with UNH's Kelleher, since former BC Eagle Johnny Gaudreau's Hobey Baker-winning season in 2013-14.

- Junior Dylan Sikura (Aurora, Ont.) is close behind Aston-Reese in points, totaling 49 on the year with 19 goals and 30 assists. The forward netted the game winner in the Huskies' win over Boston College in the consolation game of the Beanpot on Monday night.

- UConn fell twice last weekend at the hands of the Friars. Senior goaltender Rob Nichols (Dallas, Tex.) turned away a career-high 48 saves in Saturday night's 4-3 loss.

- UConn's Brian Morgan (Wyndham, N.H.) broke a seven-game scoreless streak with two goals against the Friars on Saturday night.