The climb up the Hockey East standings starts with a big weekend.
For New Hampshire and Merrimack, what better way to begin an upward trend than with a sweep? Both teams had opened 2022 on winning notes in non-conference play before carrying the positive results into their first league games of the calendar year, sweeping nationally-ranked Boston College and Providence teams, respectively.
The ninth-place Wildcats have played more games than the two teams above them in the race, but their 15 points are just four shy of fourth after this past weekend’s 3-2 and 5-2 triumphs over BC. Merrimack and UConn sit three points above, tied for seventh.