In addition to Boston University and UMass, who played to a 2-2 deadlock, four other Hockey East teams were fit to be tied this past weekend, while Boston College and Merrimack posted impressive wins.
The Eagles, ranked No. 1 in the country, faced their toughest test to date, flying out to the Mile High City in Colorado for two weekend tilts against No. 6 Denver University. And the defending NCAA champs passed with flying colors, pasting back-to-back losses on the Pioneers, 6-2 and 3-0, to stay undefeated (3-0-0). BC sophomore goalie Parker Milner picked up the shutout in his first start of the season.
After dropping two close decisions to league rivals Providence and BC, the Huskies (0-2-1) collected their first point of the season on Friday night with a 2-2 standoff against visiting Rensselaer. It was a rough-and-tumble affair at Matthews Arena, with the teams combining for 74 penalty minutes
The River Hawks (0-1-2) registered a daily double this weekend, ringing up a pair of ties. Friday night, Blaise MacDonald's troops knotted Niagara, 2-2, despite outshooting the Purple Eagles 8-0 in overtime. On Saturday against RIT, senior captain Scott Campbell got the tying strike with less than two seconds left in regulation to knot the Tigers, 4-4.
Senior Paul Thompson helped the No. 9 Wildcats (1-1-1) collect a point at home against No. 3 Michigan, scoring a late power play tally in a 3-3 tie at Durham. On the night, UNH outshot the Wolverines, 48-30, but Michigan goalie Shawn Hunwick was a difference-maker, recording 45 saves.
The Black Bears (1-1-2) traveled to Michigan State and set the tone for Hockey East squads for the weekend with a 4-4 draw against the Spartans on Thursday. On Saturday, Maine lost the back end of the doubleheader, 3-2, even though it held a significant edge in shots (30-21).
The Warriors (1-0-1) opened their home schedule in impressive fashion, riding a five-goal second period to an easy 7-1 win against Atlantic Hockey foe Connecticut. Merrimack was led by sophomore sensation Stephane Da Costa (two goals), while four other Warriors also recorded two-point nights.