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Weekend Preview
January 21, 2010
BC, BU MEET FRIDAY ON NESN; UMASS AND VERMONT FACEOFF SUNDAY ON ESPNU
~Merrimack faces UML, PC; UNH travels to Boston U. and Providence; Maine hosts Under-18 Team~

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Massachusetts hosts Vermont Sunday on ESPNU
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WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- Massachusetts and Vermont will renew their long-standing rivalry for a twogame set at the Mullins Center beginning on Saturday night in Amherst. The two teams will conclude their season series on Sunday in front of a national audience on ESPNU at 3pm.

No. 10 Boston College and Boston University will close out their season series on Friday night from Conte Forum live on NESN, while Merrimack will make the short trip to Tsongas Arena for a Friday night matchup with UMass-Lowell. UNH will heads south for a single-game at Providence Friday and then will square off with Boston University at Agganis Arena on Saturday.

The Minutemen were victorious in the first meeting of the season series vs. UVM back on Nov. 24 (6-2) in Burlington. UMass enters the series on a three-game win streak, as they swept UMass-Lowell in a pair of one-goal contests last weekend. Vermont is coming off a weekend split with Northeastern at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The ‘Cats scored nine goals in their victory on Saturday night to get the series split. Vermont has scored 4+ goals in four of the last five games, owning a 4-0 record in those games. UMass junior James Marcou (Kings Park, N.Y.) continues to lead the conference in scoring with 37 points (7g,30a). Marcou has recorded at least one point in 13 of UMass’ last 14 games and has notched 24 points in that time frame. He also leads the nation with 1.68 points per game.

The Eagles and Terriers will meet for the 249th time in the history of their rivalry. Both teams have taken a game in the series, most recently the Terriers came out victorious (3-2) on Jan. 8 in front of 38,472 fans at Fenway Park, a new eastern college hockey attendance record. Sophomore forward Cam Atkinson (Greenwich, Conn.) has scored a goal in six of the last seven games for the Eagles.

The Wildcats enter the game at Providence with a nine-game (7-0-2) unbeaten streak in league play. The Friars took four points in conference play last weekend for the first time this season, as they defeated Boston U. and Maine. Senior forward Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.) has scored six points (3g,3a) in his last three games for the Wildcats. PC sophomore Matt Bergland (Faribault, Minn.) has registered a point in five of his last six games played. UNH won the season series last year, 2-0-1, and scored at least four goals in all three meetings. The Friars will travel to North Andover on Saturday night for a 7pm game with Merrimack College. The teams will meet for the first time this year, after they split the season series a year ago.

The River Hawks won the first meeting on the season series with the Warriors by a 6-3 score on Nov. 21 in Lowell. Stephane Da Costa (Paris, France), who ranks first on the Merrimack team in scoring, leads the conference among rookie scorers with 23 points (11g,12a). UML senior goalie Carter Hutton (Thunder Bay, Ont.) ranks first among league netminders with a 2.15 GAA and his .924 save percentage ranks second in Hockey East. UML and BC will faceoff on Saturday night in Lowell for the first time this season. The River Hawks won the season series last year vs. BC, 2-0-1 and scored at least four goals in every meeting against the Eagles in 08-09.

Maine will also host its second exhibition game of the week on Saturday at Alfond Arena vs. the U.S. Under-18 Team. The Black Bears picked up a 4-1 exhibition win vs. New Brunswick on Tuesday night in Orono.

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