The regular season is winding down for New England’s Division 1 college hockey teams, but that only means playoff races are continuing to heat up.
UMass opened up a six-point lead at the top of Hockey East after sweeping Boston College, but the next seven teams in the standings, down to eighth-place New Hampshire, are separated by only five points. Northeastern completed a weekend sweep after winning the Beanpot last Monday, while Providence enjoyed the same result to move into a tie for second place.
In addition, Boston University and Connecticut split their series, while Maine managed three points and eliminated Merrimack from playoff contention. (Only the top eight Hockey East teams will qualify for the league tournament this season.)
Yale’s weekend sweep didn’t help settle anything in the ECAC race as the Bulldogs are now in third and stand only two points behind first-place Cornell. Quinnipiac still holds down second after taking a three-point weekend, Harvard sits in a fourth-place tie, and Brown and Dartmouth are even right in the middle of the table. The Big Green posted a three-point weekend in New York’s North Country.