The Northeastern Huskies are on a roll.
After defeating the Michigan Wolverines the Friday after Christmas, they took care of another CCHA opponent and national power, Notre Dame.
On Friday, the Fighting Irish used all three of their goaltenders as the Huskies dismantled them 9-2. Last night, Northeastern didn’t have a let down as they held on for a 2-1 victory. Braden Pimm and Garrett Vermeersch each had two goals on Friday night. Pimm had a goal in Saturday night’s game and Steve Quailer notched the game winner.
Chris Rawlings had an outstanding game on Saturday as he made 22 saves for the Huskies and assisting on Pimm’s goal. He made 25 saves on Friday night. The junior goaltender is an unrestricted free agent and could see some offers from NHL clubs at the end of the season.
Boston College vs. Boston University
The Battle of Commonwealth Avenue continued this weekend as both teams earned a win on the road. I had Boston College sweeping the series, but I don’t think Friday’s loss is that surprising. The Terries used their depth on Friday as they got scoring from five different players. On Saturday, the Eagles decided to change things up and inserted Brian Billett in goal. He stopped 40 of 41 shots in the 6-1 victory. Boston College also used their depth as they had six different goal scores.
Merrimack vs. Providence
The Providence College Friars are a hard team to judge. They don’t beat the teams you expect them to beat, but they go out and sweep the number one team in the country in Merrimack. The Friars squeaked out a 2-1 overtime victory on Ross Mauermann goal Friday night. Merrimack suffered their worst home loss on Saturday night as the Friars defeated the Warriors 6-1 on Drew Brown’s two goal effort.
UMass-Lowell vs. New Hampshire
I thought the deciding factor in this series was going to be home ice advantage. The River Hawks did their job on Friday night, the Wildcats couldn’t defend home ice on Saturday night. Freshman Terrence Wallin had a goal and two assists on the weekend for UMass-Lowell in the 3-2 victory Friday and in the 5-3 win on Saturday.
Maine at Vermont
I thought the Black Bears needed four big points on the weekend and they got them. Spencer Abbott had a big weekend as he had five goals and four assists in the two games. Joey Diamond had three goals and an assist on the weekend. Connor Brickley had a solid weekend in making his case for the USA World Junior camp, as he had two goals and two assists on the weekend in Vermont’s 6-4 loss on Friday and 5-2 loss on Saturday.
They hosted Harvard on Friday night and came away with one point as the team’s skated to a 4-4 tie. Steven Guzzo and Daniel Hobbs each had a goal and an assist in the contest for the Minutemen. Kevin Boyle made 40 saves in the game for UMass.
Freshman of the Week – Brian Billett (Boston College)
It was a difficult task to make your first career start against your archrival, but he succed with flying colors as he made 40 saves in the 6-1 victory over Boston University
Sophomore of the Week – Braden Pimm (Northeastern)
He had three goals in the two victories over Notre Dame.
Junior of the Week – Tim Schaller and Myles Harvey (Providence)
The two Friars had big weekends in the two wins over Merrimack. Schaller and Harvey each had a goal and an two assists on the weekend.
Senior of the Week – Spencer Abbott (Maine)
He had a monster weekend with five goals and four assists against Vermont. The Black Bears need him to be a factor in every game.
Predictions – 4-6-1 on the weekend; 32-27-7