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Hockey East Power Rankings: The picture gets muddled

We felt good about things after last week, but Providence, UMass and BU all gave us some things to think about this past weekend.

1. Boston College

Nothing good to say about the Eagles' lackluster effort on Friday night, but their bounce-back showing at Matthews Arena was enough to keep them atop the rankings. Besides, it's not like UNH seemed to want that top spot, anyway.

2. Lowell

After a while, refusing to lose earns you a bump.

3. UNH

Casey DeSmith's save percentage over the last two months? .876. The Wildcats' win percentage? .500. That's hardly a coincidence.

4. BU

You can make a lot of BU's 4-3 home loss to Lowell from Saturday night, but mostly, you can make it out to be not as close as the score indicated.

5. Providence

They've played one game more, but they've also got three points on Lowell, and currently hold the last home-ice spot in Hockey East.

6. Merrimack

A 1-1 tie and a 3-2 win over Maine aren't much to chirp about, but you've gotta take 3 points when you can get them.

7. UMass

We'll find out over the next few weeks if UMass is as good as the team that beat BC 5-2 on Friday night, but the future keeps getting a bit brighter for John Micheletto's squad.

8. Northeastern

Here by default.

9. Vermont

The Philadelphia Hockey Classic was billed as a big deal, and it might have been, but the Cats came out overmatched by their opposition, which just last year was still a club team, and by the moment, which had nearly 20,000 fans on-hand to witness Vermont's humiliation.

10. Maine

The Tim Whitehead watch is officially on.