October 11, 2012
Maine will represent Hockey East at the annual Ice Breaker Tournament
Vermont at No. 6 UMass-Lowell (Friday at the Tsongas Center)
- The River Hawks won the season series with Vermont last year, 2-1-0. UML has won the two previous meetings by 6-4 and 3-1 scores in early February of last year.
- Junior forward Joseph Pendenza (Wilmington, Mass.) notched two goals in UML's 5-2 exhibition win vs. Toronto last Saturday, while Vermont's line of H.T. Lenz (Vienna, Va.), Kyle Mountain (Bryn Mawr, Penn.) and Tobias Nilsson-Roos (Malmo, Sweden) combined for 10 points (4g,6a) in the 7-1 exhibition win vs. Concordia last Saturday.
Connecticut at Massachusetts (Friday at the Mullins Center)
- The Minutmen own a 27-7-2 all-time record vs. the Huskies with UMass winning the last meeting between the two schools on December 5, 2008 by a 5-1 score at the Mullins Center.
St. Cloud State at New Hampshire - Two-Game Series (Fri., Sat. at the Whittemore Center)
- Head Coach Dick Umile with 499 wins is closing in on 500 career wins. Umile would become one of just six active coaches with 500 career wins and one of 15 coaches all-time to pass that historic milestone. Additionally, he would become just the eighth coach in Division I history to win 500 games at one program.
- The teams are 1-1-1 lifetime in the all-time series.Last season, the Huskies won the first game of a two game series at St. Cloud 7-5, while the teams skated to a 3-3 tie in the weekend finale last October.
Sacred Heart at Providence (Fri. at Schneider Arena)
- Providence is 37-23-1 (.615) all-time in season openers, including three consecutive season-opening victories. The Friars opened the 2003 season with a 7-2 win over Sacred Heart on Oct. 11. The Pioneers and Friars have met three times, with Providence owning a 3-0 mark.
Maine vs. No. 13 Notre Dame (Fri.), Army/Nebraska-Omaha (Sat.) at Ice Breaker Tournament
- Hockey East teams have dominated the Ice Breaker Tournament winning the tournament nine times in its' 15-year history. Boston College won most recently in 2011. Boston University ('02, '08, '10) and the Eagles ('98, '03, '11) have won the tournament three times, while UNH ('00, '04) has won it twice and Vermont ('06) was victorious once.
- Steven Swavely (Reading, Pa.) notched a goal in his first collegiate game, but Maine dropped a 2-1 decision to Quinnipiac last Saturday night in the season-opener, he was named Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week on Monday.
Providence at No. 14 Boston University (Sat. at Agganis Arena)
- The Friars return seven of its top eight scorers from a season ago, including Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) who notched 25 points (10g,15a) in 38 games last season for PC.
- BU is coming off a 5-0 exhibition win last Sunday vs. Toronto. The Terriers outshot Toronto, 50-17 in the game. Matt O'Connor (Toronto, Ont. - 5 saves) and Sean Maguire (Powell River, B.C. - 12 saves) combined for the shutout.
- The Terriers won the season series vs. the Friars last year, 2-1. BU won the last two meetings by a combined 14-1 score in mid-January earlier this year, after PC opened the year with a 5-3 victory at Schneider Arena.
No. 2 Boston College at Northeastern (Sat. at Matthews Arena)
- The Huskies come into the game having won the league opener on Wednesday night at Matthews Arena by a 4-2 score. Freshman Kevin Roy (Lac-Beauport, Que.) and Vinny Saponari (Powder Springs, Ga.) posted two points apiece for NU, while senior goalie Chris Rawlings (North Delta, B.C.) tallied 32 saves in net for the Huskies. Roy's goal was the first of his collegiate career.
- The Eagles owned a 4-0 record in 2011-12 vs. Northeastern. BC outscored NU by a 15-6 score in those four games.
BC won the last meeting by a 7-1 score in the opening round of the Beanpot Tournament last February.