Monday, November 1, 2010

Hockey East Weekend Roundup: Halloween Edition

That's right, it was a busy couple days of play on this Halloween weekend (if you were wondering, I didn't dress up. Neither did QuackQuack. Although we applaud any holiday where a person can act like somebody they aren't, it's the American way). So let's get to it.

1. Maine - Holds on to the top spot with a 3-2 OT victory over Vermont on Saturday night. Not the prettiest of wins over not the prettiest of teams, but a W is a W. Plus, Maine players are littered across the list of top scorers in the nation, so they have that going for them. Which is nice. Anyways, Maine looks to keep their prestigious top spot with a game against our very own Terriers next Saturday at Agganis.

2. BC - A win and a loss allows BC to keep their #2 spot for another week. Look, while some people may jump all over BC for losing to the Mack, I cannot see a reason to. Merrimack has won like 50 out of 51 straight games at home (over-exaggeration), which i blame on their shed of an arena. BC is still one of the top teams in the country, and definitely should not drop in the polls after a split with Merrimack. BC will be back in action against UMLowell for some rare weekday action on Tuesday night.

3. BU - While Saturday night's win may not have been overly convincing, well, a W is a W. However, I will say this - I do not believe our Terriers are as good as the polls may put them on Monday. I believe we are extremely talented, yet extremely young and therefore prone to seemingly unexplainable lulls and letdowns. Our first big Hockey East test when UMaine comes into town this Saturday, so we will see after that.

4. UNH - Only in play once this weekend, UNH made their 60 minutes of action count in a convincing 7-4 victory over top 20 ranked Cornell. UNH is another one of those teams that often can score at will, but if you can D up on their forwards then you can probably beat them. Anyways, UNH faces a tough test this Friday at Boston College.

5. Merrimack - As much as it pains me to move them up in my rankings, they did split with a better BC team this weekend. Their strength is no doubt their forwards, so a solid defensive output by an opposing team would suffice to beat them. Plus, I don't care how good you are at home. You have to play the other half of your games on the road. Deal with it.

6. Vermont - UVM lost in OT to a very good UMaine team this weekend. If they had won then they might have found themselves moving on up, but alas it was not to be. The Catamounts travel to UMLowell and PC this coming next weekend.

7. Providence College - Well this is weird. A tie and a victory on their part and some losses around the league equals PC sliding forward a few spots this week. I hope this doesn't last. I don't like it.

8. UMass Lowell - A tough loss Saturday after a pretty good handling on Friday leads to the #8 spot this week for ULowell. I have to say I was impressed with their grit and determination on Saturday, and I think they might be able to surprise some teams this year. For now, they sit here.

9. UMass - Amherst - A loss and a tie against PC just isn't what this team needed. After good showings earlier in the year, this was a huge letdown from a team that honestly needs to bring it for 60 minutes every night to win.

10. Northeastern - Losses to Bentley and Holy Cross? Dear lord, that's bad. Get it together N'Eastern.

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