1. Boston College Eagles: (5-1-0) (W, 4-2 UMA, W, 4-3 NU)
The Eagles take back the top spot in the rankings after an impressive 3rd period comeback on the road at Northeastern. Bill Arnold, who scored the game winner in overtime on Saturday night, leads the conference in scoring with 10 points.
Next: 10/28 @ UML, 10/29 vs. UML
2. Merrimack Warriors: (4-0-0) (W, 4-1 NU, W, 5-0 UC)
Merrimack kept rolling with a pair of home wins over Northeastern and UConn. Hockey East’s only unbeaten team will face a tough road test this weekend, as the Warriors travel to Gutterson Fieldhouse to play Vermont.
Next: 10/28 @ UVM, 10/29 @ UVM
3. Maine Black Bears: (1-2-1) (OFF)
After a weekend off, the Black Bears return to action at home against Providence. Seniors Spencer Abbott and Brian Flynn have carried the Maine offense so far, each posting 7 points in the first 4 games.
Next: 10/28 vs. PC, 10/29 vs. PC
4. Providence Friars: (2-1-1) (L, 5-2 UMD, T, 2-2 UMD)
Senior Matt Bergland scored with 2:21 left in the 3rd period to tie defending champion Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday night. The Friars will play away from Schneider Arena for the first time this season, traveling to Alfond Arena to play Maine.
Next: 10/28 @ ME, 10/29 @ ME
5. Vermont Catamounts: (1-1-0) (L, 6-0 UM, W, 5-4 UM)
After an atrocious 6-0 loss to start the season, the Catamounts rebounded nicely on Sunday afternoon beating Minnesota 5-4. Connor Brickley and Sebestian Stalberg each had two goals for Vermont.
Next: 10/28 vs. MC, 10/29 vs. MC
6. Boston University Terriers: (2-2-0) (L, 5-4 HC)
The Terriers, fresh off a win against the #2 ranked Denver Pioneers, were left searching for answers after a home loss to AHA foe Holy Cross. Goalie Kieran Millan will need to improve on his 3.28 GAA if BU is going to be a factor in Hockey East.
Next: 10/28 @ UMA, 10/29 vs. UMA
7. UMass Lowell River Hawks: (2-1-0) (OFF)
The River Hawks had a week off to prepare for a home and home series with the #1 nationally ranked BC Eagles. It will be interesting to see if freshman Brian Robbins or sophomore Doug Carr starts in net for UMass Lowell.
Next: 10/28 vs. BC, 10/29 @ BC
8. Northeastern Huskies: (1-3-1) (L, 4-1 MC, L, 4-3 BC)
The Huskies had a two goal lead with 12 minutes left to play against BC on Saturday night, but it wasn’t to be as Northeastern fell in overtime. On the bright side for the Huskies, freshman Joe Manno had two goals in the loss and was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week.
Next: 10/29 @ UNH
9. Massachusetts Minutemen: (1-2-1) (L, 4-2 BC)
The Minutemen were competitive against the BC Eagles on Friday night, getting 31 saves from sophomore netminder Jeff Teglia. Freshman Andrew Tegeler potted his first career NCAA goal.
Next: 10/28 vs. BU, 10/29 @ BU
10. New Hampshire Wildcats: (0-4-1) (L, 7-5 SCSU, T, 3-3 SCSU)
The Wildcats finally earned a point on their fifth try with a 3-3 tie at St. Cloud. The eight goals in the two games were a welcome sign of life for UNH, who had scored just once in the previous three games.