~ NU, PC skate in home-and-home set; UML, Merrimack play series ~
Matt Campanale and the UNH Wildcats host Boston University Friday night on NESN
No. 2 Boston University vs. No. 8 UNH - Two-Game Series (Fri. at UNH, Sat. at BU)
- The Terriers are in the midst of a 10-game unbeaten streak (6-0-4) to start the year and will head into Friday's
game against a New Hampshire that owns the second-longest current streak at eight games (5-0-3).
- The Terriers were successful on 32 straight kills before Merrimack scored on both of its power-play chances in
the first period of Saturday's tie. BU has killed off 46 of its opponents' last 49 power plays.
- Last weekend, the top line of Mike Sislo (2g,1a), Phil DeSimone (1g,3a) and Paul Thompson (5a) were involved
in all six goals scored by the Wildcats.
No. 3 Maine at No. 9 Boston College - Two-Game Series (Fri., Sun. at Conte Forum)
- The contest will be a rematch of the 2010 Hockey East Championship Game, a 7-6 Eagles win in overtime back
on March 20th at the TD Garden.
- Junior forward Spencer Abott leads the league with 16 points (8g,8a) this season for the Black Bears. He ranks
eighth in the nation with 1.60 points per game.
- BC sophomore center Pat Mullane won 20-of-25 face offs over the two-game series at Vermont last weekend.
- Joey Diamond and Spencer Abbott each had two goals and an assist to lead Maine last weekend.
Northeastern vs. Providence - Two-Game Series (Fri. at PC, Sat. at NU)
- Providence College is in the midst of a six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2), dating back to Oct. 29
- Providence senior Kyle MacKinnon posted his second-career hat trick in PC's win at Alabama-Huntsville last Friday
- Wade MacLeod registered his team-leading 26th-career multi-point game (1-1-2) on Saturday. MacLeod needs
just one more point to become the Huskies 48th skater in Northeastern history to reach the 100-point plateau for
their career (43-56-99). He would become the second Hockey East player to accomplish the feat this season, the
other being Maine's Gustav Nyquist.
Merrimack vs. UMass-Lowell - Two-Game Series (Fri. at UML, Sat. at MC)
- Merrimack's penalty kill has killed of its last 23 times shorthanded. They rank first in the country in penalty kill
with a 93.5% success rate (45 of 48).
- Merrimack goaltender Joe Cannata continued his stellar season last weekend when he stopped 58 of 62 shots
(.935 save%) earning two ties against #1 Boston University, including a 32-save effort in the 1-1 tie on Friday at Agganis
Arena. Through eight starts this season, Cannata has a .936 save percentage and a 2.11 GAA, both of which
rank third among Hockey East netminders.
- UMass-Lowell should be well rested as they had last weekend off to rest after playing five games in nine days.
- The River Hawks lead the all-time series with Merrimack, 67-38-8. UML won the season series last year, 2-1-0,
but the Warriors were victorious in the last meeting between the two teams on Feb. 6 (3-1).