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Weekend Preview
February 11, 2010
BC, UML PLAY HOME-AND-HOME SET; BU ENTERTAINS MAINE FOR TWO GAMES
~UMass, NU square off in series; Merrimack heads north to Vermont; UNH plays PC at home~

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Maine plays at Boston U. Friday night on NESN
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WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- Boston University and No. 12 Maine will begin their series on Friday night live on NESN from Agganis Arena, while No. 10 Boston College and UMass-Lowell play a home-and-home match up starting Friday at the Tsongas Center. No. 15 UNH will also entertain Providence College Friday night at the Whittemore Center in Durham. Massachusetts and Northeastern will meet in a twogame series beginning on Friday night in Amherst, while Vermont plays host to Merrimack for a pair of games at Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington.

In the first meeting of the season series, Maine edge BU by a 3-2 score in Orono on November 8th. The Black Bears are coming off a weekend sweep of archrival UNH last weekend at Alfond Arena. It marks the first time that the Black Bears have swept the Wildcats at home since winning back-to-back games on Jan. 30 and 31, 2004. The Terriers are coming off a 4-3 loss to BC in the Beanpot final on Monday night. Maine has killed off 13 straight opponent power plays dating back to Maine’s game at Vermont on Jan. 29. The Terriers own a 7-1-1 record all-time vs. Maine at Agganis Arena with their only loss coming last year in Game 2 of the Hockey East quarterfinals on March 14 last year, a 6-3 Black Bear win.

The Eagles are coming off their 15th Beanpot title on Monday, as John Muse (East Falmouth, Mass.) earned tournament MVP honors making 31 stops in the 4-3 victory. The River Hawks are coming off a pair of losses to BU and Merrimack last weekend. The teams first meeting of the season was two weekends ago, a 3-1 UMass-Lowell win on Jan. 23 at the Tsongas Center. Junior forward Brian Gibbons (Braintree, Mass.) has tied a career-high with 35 points this season and he enters the weekend on a current league-high 11-game point streak with 19 points (5g,14a) during that time.

UNH has won both previous meetings this season vs. the Friars, but both games have been one-goal games, which included an overtime game in their most recent game on Jan. 22 at Schneider Arena. UNH’s Phil DeSimone (East Amherst, N.Y.) scored the game-winner in the extra frame to give the Wildcats the win. Providence is coming off a 1-1 tie with Vermont last Saturday night at Schneider Arena. Northeastern earned a 4-1 victory against Harvard in the Beanpot consolation game on Monday night at the TD Garden. The Huskies have won four of their last five games coming into this weekend’s action. UMass won the first meeting of the season series by a 4-1 score back on Jan. 10. Last season, the two teams met up six times splitting the meetings 3-3, however, the Huskies defeated UMass 2-1 in the best of three Hockey East Quarterfinals.

The Catamounts enter their series coming off a three-point weekend at Providence last weekend. Merrimack is also coming off a 3-1 victory against the River Hawks at Lawler Arena last Saturday. On Oct. 23, Merrimack won the first meeting of the series this season by a 5-2 score in North Andover. Merrimack’s power play ranks second in the nation running at a 25.9% clip. Freshman forward Stephane Da Costa (Paris, France) continues to lead the nation among rookie scorers with 1.39 points per contest for the Warriors. Da Costa has been named Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month in Hockey East for the first four months of the season, marking the first time in league history that a rookie has accomplished that feat.

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