ECAC Northeast/MASCAC Weekend Preview: Jan. 28

Once again, this weekend sees a bevy of games being crammed into Saturday. Here’s a look at what’s on the schedule for this weekend, as well as a quick glance back at the several midweek games that took place.
Saturday, Jan. 29
Nichols at Salve Regina:  The Bisons have won three staight, all in conference and look to position themselves among the upper portion of the standings. Meanwhile, the Seahawks have just one win on the year, but played Curry and Wentworth fairly close the last two games. This might be another close one, but Nichols should get the win here. Nichols 5, Salve Regina 4
 Curry at Becker:  A 3-1 win over Johnson & Wales Thursday moved the Colonels into first place.  Becker is just 1-5 since the calender turned. Look for Curry to push their winning steak to five. Curry 3, Becker 1
Wentworth at Western New England:  The Leopards are in the thick of the race for the top spot in the conference, while the Golden Bears are looking to hold on to the last playoff spot.  Last time out, Wentworth dealt WNEC its first loss of the year while starting a hot streak of their own. It will be closer then November’s 7-2 affair, but Wentworth should get two points in the end. Wentworth 6, Western New England 4
Framingham State at Massachusetts-Dartmouth: The Rams used three Daniel Miressi goals to nearly pull off the upset last weekend against Salem State. Thursday against Plymouth State, Miressi scored late in the game for Framingham’s only goal in a 6-1 loss. He and the rest of the Rams will have to be sharp against a solid UMD team with Collin Tracy in net.  UMass-Dartmouth 5, Framingham State 2.
Worcester State at Westfield State: Things haven’t been swinging the Lancers’ way lately, as evidenced by a 6-1 loss to Fitchburg State on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Owls are closing in on two months since their last win. Tie anyone? Worcester State 4, Westfield State 4
Fitchburg State at Plymouth State:  Probably the marquee matchup of the weekend for either conference. A win would give first play Plymouth a four point advantage in the standings and ensure them of winning the season against the Falcons.  A loss by Plymouth would move them into a tie with Fitchburg, with the place in the standings to be determined by what UMD does on the weekend. Give the Panthers the edge. Plymouth State 3, Fitchburg State 2
Sunday, January 30
Suffolk at Johnson &Wales: Sunday’s lone game has the Wildcats looking to bounce back from Thursday’s loss to Curry. Suffolk is in a fight for the last playoff spot, so it goes without saying that two points are critical for both teams.  JWU should bounce back in this one. Johnson & Wales 4, Suffolk 1
The Week That Was
Thursday, Jan. 27
Nichols 3, Western New England 2
Wentworth 7, Salve Regina 4
Curry 3, Johnson & Wales 1
Fitchburg State 6, Worcester State 1
Plymouth State 6, Framingham State 1
UMass-Darmouth 5, Southern New Hampshire 2
Salem State 7, Westfield State 1