Bit of a lighter helping this time around, with both the ECAC Northeast and MASCAC playing in only a smattering of non-conference games this week. Here’s a quick rundown of each conference’s past week.
Second place Westfield State was easily handled by SUNYAC opponent Fredonia, dropping a pair of games over the weekend to the Blue Devils by a combined score of 13-2. Overall, the Owls are in good shape, sitting just one point behind idle Salem State for top spot in the conference.
Fourth place Plymouth State, meanwhile, was swept by Wentworth, 5-3 and 6-2, respectively. (More on that below.) The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth was the only MASCAC team to post a win this weekend, topping Salve Regina 6-2 on Saturday. Fittingly, the Corsairs swept the conference’s weekly honors, as senior Jon Dryjowicz-Burek turned away 20 of 22 shots against the Seahawks to earn Goalie of the Week, while junior Todd Bartelson tallied two goals to garner Player of the Week.
It was a good weekend for first place Wentworth, who swept MASCAC opponent Plymouth State in a matchup of teams with unblemished conference records. The Leopards survived a three goal third period from Plymouth State on Saturday, adding an empty netter to cap off a 5-3 win before cruising 6-2 on Sunday.
Curry lost to Hobart 4-2 Saturday. It was the Colonels’ fourth loss in a row, but on the bright side, its overall mark sits at 7-4-1, including a 3-0-1 mark in conference play. Curry sits three points behind Wentworth (5-0).
The Leopards’ Skylur Jameson was honored as conference player of the week after tallying a pair of assists in Wentworth’s opening game. The sophomore added two goals in the 6-2 win over Plymouth State Sunday. Becker’s Jake Rosenthal was tabbed as the top goalie after making 28 saves in a 3-1 win over Assumption Saturday.
It’s going to be a busy weekend for me, hockey-wise. First, it’s back to my duties as D-I arena reporter, as the Connecticut Huskies host RIT in Atlantic Hockey action. Looks like UConn battled pretty well out at Air Force last weekend, losing by one goal Friday and then tying the Falcons 2-2 Saturday.
The Tigers, meanwhile are sitting at 11-2-1 in Atlantic Hockey after sweeping Holy Cross. I plan on swinging over to Trinity before UConn’s game Saturday night to take in the Trinity-Williams game. I’ll be posting a recap for that and will hopefully get some juicy tidbits for next week’s column.
Congrats to Northeastern men’s basketball, who pushed its winning streak to seven last week … Husky hockey? Not so much. I got a chance to watch NU in action this weekend on TV and despite a valiant rally Saturday, the team emerged missing four crucial Hockey East points on the weekend … Best of luck to Husky women’s soccer coach Ed Matz, who left for Massachusetts last week. Reports are Matz got a raw deal from the administration and he deserved much better then that. I had a chance to cover the last few months of Northeastern’s run to the NCAA tournament two years ago, and as any Husky fan can tell you, that is a rare occurrence for any NU team. Needless to say, it was a lot of fun.
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