AROUND HOCKEY EAST: The 2018 Hockey East regular season champion will be decided in the final weekend of regular season play once again, with Boston College, Northeastern, and Providence all vying for a piece of the hardware. Boston College controls its own destiny and can clinch the title outright with two more points in the standings. A two-game home set with Maine, who the Eagles topped, 5-0, on Saturday will provide two shots at winning the title in a season that features zero seniors on the BC roster. Northeastern can win the title outright with a sweep of New Hampshire and two Boston College losses. It would be the first regular season title for the Huskies. Providence remains alive for a share of the regular season title, although the Friars need a win over Massachusetts, a Maine sweep of Boston College and Northeastern to drop at least a point to New Hampshire over the weekend ... Northeastern won the Beanpot for the first time since 1988 on Monday, powered by a hat trick from the NCAA point-leader Adam Gaudette (Braintree, Mass./27g, 24a). Gaudette also set a Northeastern program record with his 32nd power-play strike, one that gave the Huskies an overtime win at Vermont on Friday ... UConn pushed its winning streak to seven games with a win over #20 Boston University on Friday. Maxim Letunov (Moscow, Russia) finished the weekend with three points in one game, including the overtime winner to give the Huskies a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Terriers. He assisted on two other strikes in the outing ... Providence swept UMass Lowell in a home-and-home series, backboned by Hayden Hawkey's (Parker, Colo.) 50 saves on 53 shots faced. The two wins kept the Friars in the hunt for the Hockey East regular season title and the number one seed in the tournament ... Merrimack topped New Hampshire, 3-2, on Friday night. Jonathan Kovacevic (Grimsby, Ont.) led the Warriors with two points over the weekend and posted his second multi-point game of the season the victory over the Wildcats. He set up the game-winning goal in that outing and fired seven shots on net ... Boston College's 2-1-0 week featured steady offense from rookie Logan Hutsko (Tampa, Fla.) who now has nine points (6g, 3a) in his last four games, including a hat trick in the Beanpot consolation game to force overtime with Harvard. Eagles sophomore Julius Mattila (Tampere, Finland) racked up five points (3g, 2a) across three games last week as well, including a two-goal, three-point game in a 5-2 win over UMass on Thursday.
Adam Gaudette (Braintree, Mass.) racked up six goals and seven points in three games, leading Northeastern to a historic 3-0-0 week that included its first Beanpot title in 30 years. He scored a hat trick in the Beanpot championship game, earning MVP honors. He also recorded his 50th point of the season and set a new program standard for career power-play goals with 32 at Vermont. The record-breaker came in overtime, keeping Northeastern's regular season title hopes alive.
Cayden Primeau (Voorhees, N.J.) picked up a 3-0-0 record and posted a 1.99/.943 stat line as he stopped 99 of 105 shots he saw over the weekend. He kicked out a career-high 38 shots against Boston University in the Beanpot championship game, earning the Eberly Award for his efforts.
Joseph Woll (St. Louis, Mo.) won each of his two starts last week, making 61 saves and allowing just two goals. He pitched a 33- save shutout at Maine on Saturday, the first time Boston College has shut out the Black Bears in Alfond Arena since 2009.
HOCKEY EAST WEEKLY TOP PERFORMERS
Logan Hutsko, BC (Fr., F; Tampa, Fla.) Has nine points (6g, 3a) in his last four games, including a hat trick in the Beanpot consolation game to force overtime with Harvard.
Julius Mattila, BC (So., F; Tampere, Finland) Racked up five points (3g, 2a) across three games last week, including a twogoal, three-point game in a 5-2 win over UMass on Thursday.
Logan Cockerill, BU (Fr., F; Brighton, Mich.) Led BU with four points on two goals and two assists last week to push his point streak to eight games, matching teammate Dante Fabbro's current streak.
Maxim Letunov, UConn (Jr., F; Moscow, Russia) Finished the weekend with three points in one game, including the overtime winner to give the Huskies a 5-4 come-from-behind win over #20 Boston University. He assisted on two other strikes to lead UConn to its seventh-straight win.
Mitchell Fossier, ME (So., F; Alpharetta, Ga.) Fossier tied the game with New Hampshire with just 4:46 left in regulation and then potted the overtime winner with 21 seconds remaining in the extra frame.
Tim Doherty, ME (So., F; Portsmouth, R.I.) Dished out a pair of helpers in Wednesday's win, including setting up the game-winning OT goal and game-tying goal in the third period.
Johnathan Kovacevic, MC (So., D; Grimsby, Ont.) Led MC with two points over the weekend and posted his second multipoint game of the season in a 3-2 win over UNH. He set up the game-winning goal in that outing and fired seven shots on net.
Jeremy Davies, NU (So., D; Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Que.) Dished out five helpers and led the nation with a plus-six rating.
Hayden Hawkey, PC (Jr., G; Parker, Colo.) Stopped 50 of 53 shots faced in a two-game sweep of UMass Lowell, posting a 1.50 GAA and .934 save percentage.
Anthony Petruzzelli, UVM (Federal Way, Wash.) Enjoyed the first multi-goal game of his career Friday night against Northeastern, scoring his second goal with just 29 seconds remaining to force overtime. He wrapped senior weekend with an assist the next day.