Though the Division 1 college season is several weeks old, we’re excited to welcome the Top 10 back to New England Hockey Journal on a weekly basis.
It’s no surprise to see reigning Hockey East finalist Providence College thriving, despite having a loss and a tie through five games. Quinnipiac is unbeaten through three games of its own, while UMass is fresh off a weekend upset against the country's No. 1 team.
On the flip side, Boston College and Boston University are both off to 0-3 starts for the first time since 1933. Tough schedules have certainly played a role, but don’t expect the Hockey East archrivals to be down as the weeks go on.
Most programs in New England have played at least twice in the regular season, but this coming weekend will mark the official debut for the Ivy League clubs. Some will meet right off the bat, when Yale visits Brown for a Friday night season opener and Harvard travels up to Dartmouth the next night.