This past weekend of Division 1 action around New England included a pair of nationally-ranked clubs in UMass and Providence facing off in a Hockey East series.
The Minutemen earned a pair of one-goal wins over the Friars to remain unbeaten through five Hockey East contests and increase its first-place lead to three points over a Northeastern club that also swept its weekend of league games on home ice. Both teams have ranked in the top portion of each of the season’s New England Hockey Journal Top 10 rankings.
Elsewhere, Commonwealth Avenue rivals Boston College and Boston University kept pushing historic winless starts in the rear-view mirror with three combined wins on the weekend. Merrimack split its non-conference set at Bemidji State.
In ECAC Hockey, Harvard picked up its first win of the season as part of a three-point weekend, and Dartmouth earned a victory on the road to move within one point of Princeton for the early league lead. Brown and Quinnipiac also posted splits, while Yale earned a point.
Sacred Heart continued its Atlantic Hockey slate with a Friday night win over Army West Point, while Bentley and American International were both swept in tight series.