It's cliche to say, but Hockey East coaches have discussed for years how difficult it is to sweep in a league known for its parity and balance. That was all thrown out the window this weekend as Boston University, Providence, Northeastern and Maine all swept their respective weekend series.
Jack Eichel's third overtime game-winner of his freshman season gave the visiting Terriers a 2-1 win over Vermont. Evan Rodrigues' goal with 2:18 to play in regulation sent the game to the extra session. Michael Paliotta scored the lone goal of the night for the Catamounts, 1-5-1 in their last seven and winless in four straight. The four point weekend helped BU open up a four-point gap between itself and second place.
Trailing 1-0 after one period Providence exploded for four goals in the second period en route to a 4-1 win over UMass Lowell. Ross Mauermann, Noel Acciari, Anthony Florentino and Jake Walman scored for the host Friars, who found the back of the net 11 times on the weekend. Entering the weekend Providence had scored just 19 goals in 11 league games. The loss also continued UMass Lowell's tailspin. The River Hawks were the last team to lose a league game, but have since gone 1-4-0.
Maine finished off the sweep of New Hampshire in the home-and-home series in the border war. The Black Bears shut out the Wildcats, 4-0, at the Whittemore Center. Redshirt sophomore Matt Morris, who had 40 saves, picked up his second shutout in his last three starts. Nolan Vesey, who had a goal and an assist Friday in Orono, did the same Saturday in the series finale. Cam Brown also had a goal and an assist and Liam Pecararo and Steven Swavely added goals for Red Gendron's team. Maine is 7-3-0 over its last 10 games after starting 3-12-1.
Zach Aston-Reese scored two goals 10 seconds apart early in the third period to break a 1-1 tie and send Northeastern to a 4-2 win over Notre Dame. Mike Szmatula and Dalen Hedges also scored for the Huskies, who will head into next Monday night's Beanpot on a high note. Read Jeff Cox's full recap here.
Boston Bruins draft pick Ryan Fitzgerald registered a hat trick to guide Boston College past the University of Connecticut, 3-2. Thatcher Demko stopped 25 shots as the Eagles climbed into a tie for second place in Hockey East. Joshua Kummins has the full recap of the game here.