The Vermont Catamounts have a lot to be thankful this past week.
The Catamounts picked up their first Hockey East win last Tuesday with a 2-1 win over the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. They dropped a 4-1 decision to Colgate on Friday, but ended the week on Sunday with a 3-2 victory over another ECAC opponent Dartmouth on Sunday.
While they didn’t get all six points but it’s something to build on with the University of Maine coming into town over next week.
Kyle Reynolds, Sebastian Stalberg, and Connor Brickley all each had two goals this week. Stalberg and Brickley are two of Vermont’s go to guys offensively.
They only had one game this week, but it was a big game against Yale. The Eagles came away with the 3-2 win. After losing to the Boston University two weeks ago and to Notre Dame last Friday, the win against Yale was much needed.
They also only had one game on the docket this past week as they hosted Alabama-Huntsville on Wednesday night. It was a no contest as they skated away with the 6-0 victory. It was a nice tune-up game as they get back Hockey East play next weekend against Providence College.
They traveled down to New York City to face Cornell in the Red Hot Classic at a sold out Madison Square Garden. It was a classic as the Terriers came away with the 2-1 victory in overtime. The Terriers seem to have found a rhythm.
The Wildcats are kicking themselves right now as they could have earned all four points this week. The offense wasn’t the problem as they scored six goals against Harvard on Tuesday night. The problem was coughing up a 4-0 first period lead and lose 7-6. They manhandled Huntsville 9-1 on Saturday.
It was a one game week for them also as Alabama-Huntsville was in Lowell for their Northeast tour. The River Hawks came away with the 3-0 victory as they continue their winning ways the last few weekends.
It wasn’t a good weekend in Denver for the Friars. They fell to Miami (OH) Unviersity 6-2 on Friday night. The following night they fell to Princeton Tigers 3-1. They maybe falling back to earth as they have a home and home series this upcoming weekend with Merrimack.
The Huskies earned a huge win on Friday night as they defeated the Michigan Wolverines at Yost Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan 4-1. Cody Ferriero had two goals including the game winner over the national power.
The Black Bears played two games this week. The first one was against the USA National Team Development Program’s Under-18 team as the Black Bears defeated the Americans 6-4. Maine then traveled down to Portland, Maine to face Clarkson University where they held on to the 4-3.
It wasn’t a good week for the Minutemen dropped close one to Vermont 2-1 last Tuesday. That’s a tough pill to swallow as it was a chance to get two valuable in conference points. On Saturday, they fell to 4-2 to Quinnipiac University.
Four Stars of the Week
Freshman of the Week
Grayson Downing (New Hampshire) – Despite losing a heart breaker against Havard, Downing had two goals and two assists. Against Huntsville he added another goal and assist.
Sophomore of the Week
Cody Ferriero (Northeastern) – As mentioned above the second year player had two goals in the win against Michigan
Junior of the Week
Sebastian Stalberg, (Vermont) – He was the big reason for Vermont’s success this week with two goals and an assist.
Senior of the Week
Barry Almeida (Boston College) – The 5’8 183 pound forward had a goal and an assist in the win over Yale.
Hockey East teams in the USCHO.com Top 20 Poll – 1. Merrimack 2. Boston College 13. Boston University Others receiving votes UMass Lowell
Predictions – On the week 9-6-0. Overall 28-21-6