Weekend recap: Jan. 14-16

Just when you thought it was time to write Maine’s swan song, they responded with a vengeance.

The Black Bears, a week after one of their ugliest losses of the season, a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of Merrimack, earned two home wins this weekend, eking out an overtime win over Providence on Friday before routing a white-hot Boston College team, 4-1, on Sunday night.

The four points propelled the Black Bears back to the right side of home ice, now tied for third place with 18 points. The two victories also gave Maine some breathing room over Merrimack (three points), which completed a non-league sweep of Alabama-Huntsville this weekend.

Maine also has a three-point lead over Northeastern, which split a weekend series with Vermont thanks to a 2-0 shutout in the second game of the series.

The Black Bears, with their upset win on Sunday, are now equal with Boston University, which itself earned a non-league win over Harvard in its only game this weekend.

The loss for BC on Sunday, its only game of the weekend, was a missed opportunity for the Eagles to jump ahead of New Hampshire in the Hockey East standings. The two clubs are tied for first place with 22 points, but after Sunday the Wildcats now have three games in hand over the Eagles.

Speaking of Wildcats, they were also the victim of an upset over the weekend. New Hampshire fell, 5-4, to Dartmouth in the annual in-state rivalry game played in Manchester. It adds to a string of tough losses for the Wildcats at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

On the bottom half of the standings, Massachusetts took care of business, sweeping sister school, Massachusetts-Lowell. Friday’s game was hardly a cakewalk as the Minutemen blew a three-goal lead and needed a fortuitous bounce in the closing seconds to get the game-winning goal. Saturday’s rematch was hardly as suspenseful as UMass jumped out to a 4-0 lead on Lowell en route to a 4-1 win.

The sweep snapped a five-game losing streak for the Minutemen but more importantly propelled them to seventh place, a point ahead of Providence and four points clear of ninth place Vermont, which failed to keep pace with its weekend split to Northeastern.

36 COMMENTS

  1. Michigan Tech needs to fire Coach Jamie Russell – NOW! The Athletic Director needs to fired also. We are a D1 Hockey team and MTU treats the JEM like it is just another D2 or D3 sport.

  2. Curt Thompkins, former MTU president, is the one who started the process of turning Tech into a basketball and football school. It’s really a shame that there isn’t a Div II level in college hockey because that’s were Tech belongs.

    The MacInnes Student Ice Arena is the smallest arena in the WCHA with the worst attendance. It’s beyond me why they wasted the money adding skyboxes for a perennial last place team…

  3. Having attended both UNO/Alabama Huntsville games I can tell you this:

    1. Alabama Huntsville never quit either night. They played hard. Kudos to them.

    2. I have never seen two hockey games that were so one-sided that were as close as these were. The Friday Night game was scoreless until almost the 3rd period. At times (in fact, a lot) Alabama Huntsville looked like they didn’t belong on the same ice with UNO (they shouldn’t, and, they don’t, really).

    3. Alabama Huntsville’s goalie played out of his mind on Saturday night. Kudos to him, but, he had a horseshoe up his you know what that night. It was an absolute shooting gallery out there. Some of UNO best scoring opportunities, both nights, came on Alabama Huntsville power plays. Really, when they were on the power play, you couldn’t even tell! They had a whale of time getting the puck out of their own end, power plays or not. Since we obviously had them so outmanned, it was clear that Coach Blais told his players to play super aggressive in man down situations and there were at least a couple occasions where UAH was on a power play and it looked like UNO was on one!! It was crazy.

    4. Let’s not forget that UNO had 3 goals waved off on Saturday night, one of which Coach Blais said, and I agree, was clearly a goal. One clearly wasn’t, though.

    5. Saturday night’s game was easily the most embarrassing hockey loss in UNO school history.

    6. I NEVER thought I’d hear myself saying this, but, I miss CCHA refs.

    7. Lost in all this was John Faulkner’s nation leading 5th shut-out on Friday night. Faulkner has now taken a shut-out into the 3rd period of 9 games this season!!! Nine!!!

    8. UNO has had a disturbing tendency to play down to their competition this year. Translation: They look like what they are, a team with 10 freshman almost all of whom are getting meaningful ice time.

  4. Sioux vs Miami game is gonna be a dirty one tonight. Miami will be looking for blood and sioux have a couple players that’ll take a few dumb penalties cause they’re hot heads. Def see a split but will be a fun seriously. BLOODBATH!!!

  5. I herd that Ralph Engelstad was a Nazis. As a megga Fitting Soiux fan, this makes me two sad. I herd that he throwed birthday party’s too honer Hitler. I can not bilieve that some body wood due that. I doesn’t think I wil ever goto the Ralph again. :(

    • You’re right about Ralph, Joe Black’s. Here are some facts on the real Ralph Engelstad.

      “Ralph Engelstad is a Las Vegas casino owner and a major donor to the University of North Dakota, where he was a goalie in the late ’40s. He’s also a guy who’s been fined $1.5 million by the Nevada Gaming Control Board for damaging the reputation of the state by holding, in two separate years, private Hitler’s Birthday parties at his casino, complete with a swastika cake, German food and marching music, bartenders wearing T-shirts with the words “Adolph Hitler European Tour 1939-45,” and a life-size portrait of Hitler inscribed “To Ralphie from Adolph, 1939.”

      I find it sad that that a university of “higher” learning embraces Engelstad while he celebrated a man responsible for the genocide of 11,000,000 people and started a global war.

    • And the plot thickens. It’s not hard to figure out why North Dakota was forced to change their name. It’s clearly a highly racist school.

  6. Whys those persones on hear soo means to are fitting soiux. I doen’s get whys they is soo bad two us? It is gonnna bee a amazings week ends of pucks at the ralfh!!!!!!!

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