Weekly Release: UConn, Maine, Vermont Earn Sweeps In League Play
Standings Tighten Up With Four Weekends Left In Regular Season
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Hockey East Player of the Week Ross Colton of Vermont

AROUND HOCKEY EAST: Entering February and the final month of regular season play, the Army ROTC Hockey East Standings have tightened, with the top five teams separated by just six points and the bottom four teams separated by just one. The top five teams in this year's final standings will receive a bye into the Hockey East Quarterfinal round ... UConn, Maine, and Vermont all enjoyed sweeps in league play last weekend. UConn earned two wins over New Hampshire thanks to the play of senior goaltender Tanner Creel (Arlington Heights, Ill.). Creel allowed just two goals in each game of a weekend sweep of New Hampshire, making 55 stops across the two wins. Creel is 3-1-0 in four games since being thrust into the starting role after an injury to Adam Huska. He's posted a 2.01 goals against average and .931 save percentage over that span ... Maine extended its unbeaten streak to five games (3-0-2) with a sweep at UMass. Chase Pearson (Alpharetta, Ga.) had three points (2g, 1a) in the series with the Minutemen, including one game-winner. Jeremy Swayman (Anchorage, Alaska.) went 2-0-0, and is 3-0-2 in his last five, after picking up a pair of 28-save wins ... Vermont earned two wins at Merrimack off the stick of Ross Colton (Robbinsville, N.J.). Colton scored each game-winning goal for the Catamounts in the series victory and dished out helpers on two other strikes to earn Hockey East Player of the Week honors ... Boston College took a 2-1-0 mark in league play last week, topping UMass, 2-1, on Tuesday before splitting a home-and-home weekend set with UMass Lowell. Eagles sophomore Graham McPhee (Bethesda, Md.) scored three times in the two tilts with the River Hawks. He potted both of the Eagles' goals in a 3-2 setback at UML on Friday before again finding the back of the net with the eventual game-winning strike in a 5-2 victory at home ... Providence took a 1-0-1 mark over Northeastern last weekend in a battle of then-top-10 teams. Friars rookie Greg Printz (Fairfax, Va.) scored in overtime to lift his team to victory on Saturday, one day after Northeastern's Adam Gaudette (Braintree, Mass.) scored three points (2g, 1a) in Friday's 4-4 tie, including the game-tying goal with 40 seconds left in regulation ... Boston University traveled west for a pair of games at Arizona State. Dante Fabbro (New Westminster, B.C.) posted five points (1g, 4a) and a plus-5 rating in the sweep while Jake Oettinger, (Lakeville, Minn.) recorded a 23-save shutout Friday night.