Only a pair of Division 1 hockey games scheduled next week involve New England clubs, so this weekend marks the final opportunity to gain valuable points in the Hockey East, ECAC, or Atlantic Hockey standings before Christmas.
UMass Lowell and Boston University play a crucial Hockey East home-and-home series looking to break above .500 in league games, while Boston College returns to home ice for a Friday night game aiming to sweep Connecticut. Merrimack is back in North Andover, Mass., for rematches with Providence and Northeastern.
In this ECAC, this weekend’s games are a clash between New England and New York. Brown and Yale are the only teams in league action, welcoming Union and Rensselaer over to the region for games in Providence and New Haven.
Atlantic Hockey action sees Holy Cross travel to Robert Morris and Sacred Heart visit RIT.
UMass and Quinnipiac meet in a non-conference series featuring the region’s top two teams, while old rivals New Hampshire and Dartmouth play a home-and-home set for the first time ever in Hanover and Durham. Vermont rounds out the slate with a series out west at Colorado College.