Three things from Hockey East

These are the three things I think I learned this week.

1. Merrimack sweeps Boston University? Really?

Okay, it was one thing for the Warriors to defeated the Terriers, newly minted as the number one team in the country, on Tuesday night. Way to go Merrimack. Great upset.

But then to have the Warriors do it again at Agganis this weekend to sweep the season series just boggles the mind. Wow.

2. UMass Lowell drops its fourth straight.

The River Hawks were flying high with seven straight wins, but that has turned around 180 degrees.  With losses this weekend to Northeastern and BU, Lowell has now lost four straight.

And with all four of those being Hockey East games, the River Hawks are now just 7-7-1 in league play. A first-round bye could be slipping away.

3. Providence and Maine sweep

Only two teams pulled off Friday-Saturday sweeps: Providence over New Hampshire and Maine over Massachusetts. Both were significant in the standings.

For Maine, this means a move out of the cellar. For the Friars, this means a three-way tie at .500 with Lowell and Connecticut. Often, a .500 record is little cause for celebration. However, the Friars dug a hole for themselves early, but now have won five straight.

And of major consequence is that Providence would make the NCAA tournament if the season ended today. Watch out for the Friars!

Ironically, this week’s two “sweep” teams play each other this upcoming week, so we’ll see who keeps the momentum going.

 

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    • The 3rd period has been painful all year. Playing a few players too much that they are tired late? Friday night was a s frustrating as I have witnessed. I spoke about splitting against BU, PC, BC and NU and hopefully winning the rest. That is out the window now…..

      • Yeah, painful indeed. It’s a painfully recurring trend of bad penalties and blown leads. I’m beginning to think there may be a bit locker room rift or perhaps the boys have decided that they’re tired of Norm’s way and they’re gonna do it their way. Whatever it is, it’s not a recipe for success.

      • You mean the game where they blew 2, 2 goal leads and rolled over in the 3rd, finally coughing up the gwg with 16 seconds left.? Who are you blaming that on? If you can’t motivate the troops in a critical game like that, a game following being swept the weekend before. Yes I blame the coaching staff.

        Never said he wasn’t a great coach. I said his credibility is suspect at the moment and, Well, your comment is easy to say if you’ve been watching in the stats and maybe a few games here and there, but I see them on a weekly basis and I see the little things that have me worried, like; inconsistent effort, freelance play from individuals, disregard for team philosophy. All these things hint at a problem between the coaching staff and the team, a disconnect somewhere that is allowing a team loaded with upper class talent to blow leads on a fairly consistent basis. If you had read my post below, it spells that out. Is it Bazin, the assistants, team leadership? I don’t know, but it is pissing me off.

    • The 3rd period has been painful all year. Playing a few players too much that they are tired late? Friday night was a s frustrating as I have witnessed. I spoke about splitting against BU, PC, BC and NU and hopefully winning the rest. That is out the window now…..

      • Yeah, painful indeed. It’s a painfully recurring trend of bad penalties and blown leads. I’m beginning to think there may be a bit locker room rift or perhaps the boys have decided that they’re tired of Norm’s way and they’re gonna do it their way. Whatever it is, it’s not a recipe for success.

      • You mean the game where they blew 2, 2 goal leads and rolled over in the 3rd, finally coughing up the gwg with 16 seconds left.? Who are you blaming that on? If you can’t motivate the troops in a critical game like that, a game following being swept the weekend before. Yes I blame the coaching staff.

        Never said he wasn’t a great coach. I said his credibility is suspect at the moment and, Well, your comment is easy to say if you’ve been watching in the stats and maybe a few games here and there, but I see them on a weekly basis and I see the little things that have me worried, like; inconsistent effort, freelance play from individuals, disregard for team philosophy. All these things hint at a problem between the coaching staff and the team, a disconnect somewhere that is allowing a team loaded with upper class talent to blow leads on a fairly consistent basis. If you had read my post below, it spells that out. Is it Bazin, the assistants, team leadership? I don’t know, but it is pissing me off.

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