5 Wacky Hockey East Numbers
49 - In his fourth season behind the bench at his alma mater UMass Lowell head coach Norm Bazin owns a 86-37-10 record. That's 49 games over 500 for the 2013 Spencer Penrose Award winner. Three trips to the NCAA Tournament, two Hockey East Tournament championships and a Hockey East regular season crown are also his doing. This season might be his best coaching performance yet with so much turnover on the roster including replacing two goaltenders, the team's best defenseman and a few key forwards.
19 - That's the margin the University of Massachusetts men's hockey program has been outscored by at home in three league games this season after Saturday night's embarrassing 11-1 loss to Vermont. The Minutemen have scored just five goals in games against Boston University, Boston College and Vermont at the Mullins this fall. John Micheletto's team has given up 24.
14 - How many points Boston University freshman Jack Eichel has scored in the third period or overtime this season, which accounts for all but five of his 19 points. The North Chelmsford, Mass. native began his NCAA career with a 10-game point streak prior to Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Harvard. If he had scored against the Crimson he would have become the first Terrier since Chris Drury to begin his collegiate career with at least one point in each of his first 11 games.
5 - How many games Notre Dame sniper Mario Lucia went without a point until scoring an unassisted goal 1:52 into the Fighting Irish's series finale against UMass Lowell on Friday. Prior to his five game drought, he had scored at least a point in six straight games and lit the lamp in five of those six.
900 - In the modern era of hockey with goaltending equipment being bigger and better and the position becoming more refined, save percentages have risen incrementally over the past decade or two. Most coaches believe for a team to be successful, the team's goaltending must have a save percentage around .920 or better. Therefore it should come as no surprise that the bottom four teams in the Hockey East standings all have save percentages below .900. Worst is UMass at .856. Maine (.888), Northeastern (.892) and New Hampshire (.897) are also south of .900. As is the case with all statistics, there can be multiple reasons for a goaltender's poor save percentage beyond just a goaltending being incapable of stopping pucks.
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