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February has arrived and that means it is time for Boston’s annual college hockey tradition: the Beanpot. BU and Harvard face off early and Northeastern and BC drop the puck in the nightcap. The three Hockey East schools will come in ranked, including the nation’s top team: Boston University. Northeastern held at third and BC dropped down one spot to 12. Vermont is seventh and New Hampshire makes five ranked conference schools at #11, up two from last week. The BU win also made Jack Parker the third 800-win coach in college hockey history; he has the distinction of being the first to amass the 800 with one program. BC’s Jerry York (also Bowling Green and Clarkson) is the winningest and Ron Mason (Michigan State, Bowling Green, Lake Superior State) is the other.
Notre Dame split with Michigan over the weekend, costing the Irish the top spot, but they settle in at number two. The Terriers and Irish again split the first place votes, 33-17 in BU’s favor this week. The split helped Michigan move up four spots to number four. The rest of the top ten includes Cornell at five, Denver at six, Miami at eight, Minnesota ninth, followed by Princeton.
It was a quiet weekend in Hockey East as BC, BU, and Northeastern only played one weekend game. BU beat Merrimack, Northeastern fell to UMass, and BC drew Providence. New Hampshire beat Vermont, UMass-Lowell beat Maine, who then beat UMass, and Providence beat Merrimack. The Huskies remain on top in the conference with 27 points, two points in front of the Terriers. Vermont checks in at number three with 21 and New Hampshire is right behind at 19, with BC and UMass-Lowell each at 18. UMass has 15, Maine 14, Providence 11, and Merrimack 6. In action outside the Beanpot, BU will play UMass-Lowell, Northeastern faces Merrimack, Vermont will play two against Providence, New Hampshire and Maine will play a pair, and UMass will play BC and UMass-Lowell.