Streaks becoming vogue in Hockey East

A week ago, it was UMass Lowell that had an active streak, at that point a seven-game winning streak, best in the country. That imploded against Providence but Boston University picked up the torch with three wins since our last blog. That leads the three things we learned this week.

1. Boston University now earns title of “hottest”

The Terriers played well leading into the break, but it’s the play since then that is impressive. Think about it: An overtime win against a very good Union team without the World Junior players kicked off what is now five straight wins since break. Most importantly, the Terriers are playing with the confidence a team should that has the decorated World Junior talents combined with some proven upperclassmen. This is now easily the team to beat in Hockey East.

2. Providence is much better than their first-half league record

Being 1-5-2 in Hockey East to start the year, let’s admit it, is pretty scary for a Providence team that hoped to battle for a top-four spot. But a weekend split with Vermont followed by an impressive sweep of No. 5 UMass Lowell has everyone’s eyes turning to the Friars. This weekend, the Friars second line impressed with Scott Conway, Ryan Tait and Kaspar Bjrokqvist taking charge and earning the two wins against Lowell. This is a scary good team that has moved from 11th to 8th in two weeks and is six points out of the final first-round bye.

3. And lest we forget about the Huskies

We’re talking Northeastern here. For the third straight season, Northeastern has a horrid start. A year ago, though, a turnaround led to the Hockey East tournament title and an NCAA bid. This year has been a little more difficult for the Huskies but last weekend’s sweep of Merrimack puts every Hockey East team on guard: watch out for the second-half kids. When you possess a player as talented as Zach Aston-Reese, you can’t ever write a team like Northeastern.

8 COMMENTS

  1. What I learned is perhaps UML kids were believing the hype. They were not nearly as good as their #5 ranking had them, not currently as good as their #7 ranking, and I’m beginning to question their heart. By my account, they played UML hockey for no more than about 20 mins total last weekend and disappeard for long stretches of both games. Looked like PC simply wanted it more. Norm’s got some work to do.

    • Before you count the River Hawks out, let’s see how they play this coming weekend vs. NU & BU. Northeastern looked really good Friday night rolling four solid lines. This past weekend NU looked better than their record indicates. BU is starting to look like the powerhouse the preseason polls predicted. If UML wants to make a statement, this coming weekend is a great opportunity to do so. Lets see what happens.

      • I haven’t counted them out, just looked at it with a bit more skepticism until proven wrong. The # of penalties they took, and the uncharacteristic lack of sustained puck pursuit have me concerned. Maybe it was the long layoff, who knows, but like you said, we’ll see. If they do come out with the same compete level as last weekend they won’t beat NU, let alone BU or BC.

        • There was a time not long ago that UML was really tough to beat if they played with the lead. I see they were up two goals on Friday night, but lost the game.

          • They won at UNH 2-1 where they had a 2-0 lead after 10 minutes dominating the Wildcats. It looked like UML was playing a HS team. Then they sort of played ‘not to lose’ even though they almost blew it. UNH was the better team for the last 2 periods. Lowell needs a killer instinct, less penalties and a better PP. Just my opinion

    • Naturally I was thrilled with the weekend sweep but UML impressed me. Always a tough time when these two meet; I liked Wall and UML’s PK. Can’t argue with Norm’s success. Seems like the pundits are coming around to seeing that the Friars are underrated, good to be back in the rankings. Best to Lowell the rest of the way especially vs BU/BC!

    • I believe that I told you that last week, but you believed in those phony stats against weak teams. I have been to a bunch of games and have yet to be impressed. They seem to play good early and then fade in the 2nd and 3rd periods. Lacking any snipers, maybe with a great rink, the most fans and 5 straight NCAA bids Norm can actually recruit top talent and not just the hard nose scrappers. They need finishers. Very frustrating seeing 2 goal leads disappear almost every week.

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