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BC took three of four points from UNH in their series in the final weekend of Hockey East regular season play, but the one point was enough for the Wildcats to clinch the league’s title. The pollsters continue to favor the Eagles, who are up to fourth in this week’s USCHO.com Division I Men’s Hockey poll. UNH slipped one spot to number 11. The top spot has been held by only Denver and Miami this season and Denver reigns this week with a 976-972 margin. The Pioneers grabbed more first place votes as well, 26-24. Wisconsin and North Dakota sandwich BC, giving the WCHA three teams in the top five. Vermont slipped three places to 19 and UMass-Lowell rejoined the poll at number 20. For a complete look at the Hockey East playoffs, check out our preview.
Sophomore starting goalie Scott Darling has been suspended indefinitely by the University of Maine, apparently to seek treatment for alcohol-related issues. He was suspended before last weekend’s home series with UMass to close out the regular season. The Black Bears has already clinched a playoff spot and were sitting in third, but with the Minutemen sweep, they fell to fourth and will host UMass-Lowell in this weekend’s Hockey East Quarterfinal best of three.
Darling was suspended for two games earlier this season and one last season. He was 15-6-3 with a 3.10 goals against average and had a .895 save percentage and is property of the Phoenix Coyotes when he elects to leave school. Freshman Shawn Sirman (1-6 in 8 games, 5.19 GAA, .832 SV%) started both of the UMass games, but was relieved in each one by senior Dave Wilson (0-3 in 8 games, 2.84 GAA, .871 SV%).
If he is indeed battling an alcohol related issue, we wish Scott well in his recovery.