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Hockey East Power Rankings: November 3, 2014

Cam Brown and his Maine teammates swept visiting UMass this weekend at Alfond Arena.
Cam Brown and his Maine teammates swept visiting UMass this weekend at Alfond Arena.
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The top four teams in last week's SB Nation Hockey East Power Rankings all lost over the weekend so for that reason there wasn't that much shakeup. However, UMass Lowell leaps back into the third position after a weekend sweep of UNH.

Last week's Hockey East Power Rankings can be found here. Here's a look at this week's SB Nation Hockey East Power Rankings:

1. Boston University (4-1-0)

Despite a loss on home ice Saturday night the Terriers keep the top spot in the rankings. The way BU went into Schneider Arena on Friday night and took care of business was very impressive. There's no doubt the Terriers laid an egg in the first period Saturday, but that might end up being a good wake up call for this young squad.

Last Week: W 4-1 at Providence, L 1-2 vs. Providence

This Week: at Boston College (11/7), vs. Connecticut (11/8)

2. Boston College (4-2-0)

The Eagles split a pair of close, low scoring decisions at Denver last weekend. It's certainly not a poor showing at a perennial national contender out west. Even without Steve Santini, BC has a tremendous young defense with a top flight goaltender.

Last Week: W 2-1, L 1-2 (OT) at Denver

This Week: vs. Boston University (11/7)

3. UMass Lowell (5-1-1)

After watching the River Hawks in person for the first time this season on Friday night, it is as obvious as ever that UMass Lowell can plug holes by using the "next man up" theory about as well as any team in the country. Norm Bazin's club is just chugging along, business-as-usual, despite all the offseason departures.

Last Week: W 2-0 at New Hampshire, W 8-2 vs. New Hampshire

This Week: vs. Northeastern (11/7), at Northeastern (11/8)

4. Providence (2-3-1)

Friday night was another ugly result, but Saturday night's first 30 minutes showed why so many people, including this observer was so high on the Friars to start the season. At 2-3-1, it's impossible to rank Providence any higher than fourth, but it's easy to see why the Friars should be in position to contend for a national title when all the key pieces are healthy and ready to go.

Last Week: L 1-4 vs. Boston University, W 2-1 at Boston University

This Week: vs. Merrimack (11/7), at Merrimack (11/8)

5. Notre Dame (5-2-1)

The Fighting Irish are starting to come together after a tough opening weekend. After starting 0-2 Jeff Jackson's team reeled off five consecutive wins before Saturday's tie against UVM. It's early, but two ND players are producing incredible statistical anomalies. Mario Lucia has eight goals in eight games and Robbie Russo is an incredible +12.

Last Week: W 3-2, T 2-2 vs. Vermont

This Week: at Minnesota (11/7, 11/9)

6. Vermont (4-1-1)

The Catamounts took just one out of four points at Notre Dame, but their body of work holds up pretty close to that of the Irish. Still it was hard to not drop UVM a few spots. If Kevin Sneddon's team wants to prove it is for real, it must take three or four points from Maine at the Gutterson Field House this weekend.

Last Week: L 2-3, T 2-2 (OT) at Notre Dame

This Week: vs. Maine (11/7, 11/8)

7. Merrimack (5-1-1)

The Warriors picked up a tie and a win in the Liberty Hockey Invitational in Newark. Rasmus Tirronen continues his steady play between the pipes and the offense is seeing contribution from several different sources. All positive developments, but the meat of the schedule picks up this weekend with a home-and-home series against Providence.

Last Week: T 2-2 vs. UConn, W 6-1 at Princeton

This Week: at Providence (11/7), vs. Providence (11/8)

8. Maine (3-4-1)

The Black Bears swept Massachusetts over the weekend, but it wasn't as easy as it probably should have been at the Alfond. Positives to take away from the weekend include Blaine Byron and Devin Shore picking up their offensive production. Still concerning for Maine faithful is the situation between the pipes with Matt Morris and Sean Romeo. Neither goalie has proven to be consistently reliable.

Last Week: W 6-5 (OT), W 3-2 vs. Massachusetts

This Week: at Vermont (11/7, 11/8)

9. New Hampshire (2-4-0)

For the first period against UMass Lowell on Friday night it looked as if UNH was doing all the things it wanted to do, but still trailed 1-0. The Wildcats were creating opportunities including several odd man rushes, but by the time it was said and done Saturday night, UNH was swept by UML by a combined score of 10-2. One of the biggest problems is the offense seemingly can create opportunities, but Dick Umile's team has no real finisher.

Last Week: L 0-2 vs. UMass Lowell, L 2-8 at UMass Lowell

This Week: vs. Michigan State (11/7, 11/8)

10. Connecticut (1-4-2)

The Huskies are moving up two spots in this week's rankings. A tie and a loss don't seem all that appetizing, but it's the way UConn is playing. With the exception of a lopsided loss to Penn State, the Huskies have been in every game they have played. It's hard not to be bullish about the future of UConn hockey with Mike Cavanaugh at the helm.

Last Week: T 2-2 vs. Merrimack, L 1-2 vs. Yale

This Week: vs. Boston College (11/5), at Boston University (11/8)

11. Massachusetts (2-5-0)

The Minutemen were so close yet so far away when they left Orono on Saturday night with zero points. It could be argued John Micheletto's team could have won each night, but in the end, UMass fell short both nights. The biggest positive from the weekend is the continuing emergence of star freshman Dennis Kravchenko, who had four points over the series, including two goals and an assist Friday. He now has a three game point streak.

Last Week: L 5-6 (OT), L 2-3 at Maine

This Week: vs. American International (11/7)

12. Northeastern (0-6-0)

The Huskies have plummeted all the way to an 0-6 start, the worst in program history. The injury bug has hit Jim Madigan's team. Star goaltender Clay Witt remains out, as do Colton Saucerman, Torin Snydeman and Dylan Sikura. Most observers expected the defense to struggle, but nine goals in six games is surely not what most expected of the offense that returned all but one of the key figures from last season.

Last Week: L 2-3, L 3-4 at Quinnipiac

This Week: at UMass Lowell (11/7), vs. UMass Lowell (11/8)


Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxSports.