Sweeps weren’t to be had in Hockey East this weekend. Though Vermont came pretty close with a heck of a Saturday night rally.
1) Splits seem to be the rule over sweeps
Not every team is playing a two-game series right now, but for those that do, it appears that sweeps won’t exactly be givens. Splits seem to be the rule of the day as we saw between Notre Dame and UMass Lowell, Providence and Northeastern, Boston University and Connecticut and, in non-league play, Wisconsin and Merrimack.
2) Then there is the comeback by Vermont
Leads after two periods so often feel secure. Two-goal leads feel very secure. But for Maine on Saturday, a split seemed likely after goals by Brendan Robbins and Patrick Shea gave the Black Bears a 2-0 lead through two periods. But Vermont can rally and scored twice in the final frame to earn a 2-2 tie and walk away with three points in the two-game series. It certainly is early, but the Catamounts’ 7 points are good for a three-way tie for third place in league play.
3) All good streaks must come to an end
Actually, technically, streaks don’t have to be broken. But for Boston College, an impressive 10-game unbeaten streak finally came to an end on Friday. BC hadn’t lost since October 14, but fell on Friday, 5-2, after grabbing a lead mid-game against Harvard. But the Crimson know how to win and scored five straight, three on the power play, to end BC’s unbeaten streak at 10 games (9-0-1).