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Northeastern became the first team to officially be eliminated from postseason play, while Maine and UMass are essentially battling for the final spot. Maine pulled one point ahead of UMass with one weekend remaining. Chris Rawlings was pulled by Northeastern after allowing four goals, and Bryan Mountain came on to stop all 34 shots he faced, as Maine peppered him through the final two periods.
Providence gets the sweep and is now unbeaten in seven. That streak has surged the Friars into a tie for first place in Hockey East with four games remaining, though Merrimack and BC are one and two points back, respectively, with two games in hand each. First place in Hockey East, yet 28th in the Pairwise, so ... there's that, but still.
Vermont gets the weekend sweep to make some headway towards earning a playoff spot. Read more in our Hockey East blog.
Lowell rallied from down 4-1 and won in overtime, in front of a record crowd at Tsongas Arena. The crowd saw the River Hawks stretch their unbeaten streak to 11, and move up to seventh in the Pairwise. Read more in our blog.
BC was upset by UMass on Friday, while Northeastern upset BU. Thus, this game was primed to go the other way for both, and that it did, in a big way. It was, however 3-3 after the first period, but Northeastern didn't score again, and Steven Whitney had a hat trick to pace the Eagles. Believe it or not, Johnny Gaudreau was not one of the seven goal scorers for BC -- but alas, he did muster four assists, and his 1.72 points per game is best in the nation. ... The team played its fourth straight game without coach Jerry York, who is recovering from eye surgery. The Eagles are 2-2 in those games.
Read about the game on our Blog.
A couple of teams still trying to see if they can get anything going this year. Connor Hellebuyck turned in the 25-save shutout for Lowell.
Both of these teams lost by 6-2 scores on Friday, but it was Vermont that bounced back with a win. Chris McCarthy scored twice for the Catamounts, and they withstood two goals from Kevin Roy.
Read about it in our Hockey East blog.
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Well, OK, New Hampshire didn't score in this one, and it was first non-win of the season. But 34 saves from a red-hot goaltender, Casey DeSmith, is plenty to be happy about nonetheless for the Wildcats. Read all about the game in our Hockey East Blog.
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