There are no newcomers to New England Hockey Journal’s Division 1 Top 10 this week, but some of the region’s challengers are getting pretty hot at the most important time of the season.
UMass remains in the No. 1 spot after surviving a slugfest at Boston University. Quinnipiac used a road sweep in ECAC play while UMass Lowell defeated a ranked Northeastern club to pull in behind the Minutemen and round out the top three.
Despite Northeastern’s loss, the Huskies and the three other Beanpot competitors all find themselves ranked in NEHJ’s 15th Top 10 of the season entering the first Monday of February. Harvard comes in fifth following a Friday victory over Dartmouth, and Boston College also enters the ‘Pot as a winner after defeating UConn.
Vermont is in the midst of a strong Hockey East streak as it improved to 3-0-1 in its last four games with a three-point weekend at Providence, while Maine and New Hampshire split their rivalry series at Whittemore Center. Also in ECAC action, Yale defeated rival Brown to move within one point of first place.