After back-to-back victories over Northeastern University, the third-ranked University of Maine men’s hockey team looks to avenge last year’s Hockey East Championship game loss against Boston College in a weekend series against the defending national champions.
The 6-1-3 Black Bears travel to Boston to take on the ninth-ranked Eagles, who come into the contests with a 6-4-0 record. The Black Bears just overtook the Eagles in the Hockey East standings and are second behind Boston University with a record 4-0-1.
The sweep of the Huskies was the second-straight weekend sweep for the Black Bears, as they swept then second-ranked University of North Dakota on Oct. 22 and 23.
Five Black Bears have accumulated double-digits in points this year, with junior forward Spencer Abbott leading the way with 16, good for seventh in the country. Junior forward Gustav Nyquist is 12th in the country with 15 points. Nyquist has tallied a point in every game this season, and 11 dating back to last year.
Sophomore forward Joey Diamond was awarded Hockey East Player of the Week for his two- goal, one-assist weekend against Northeastern. The second goal for Diamond tied the Saturday game against the Huskies.
Senior forward Robby Dee became the fourth active Black Bear to reach 100 collegiate games, as Dee joined senior defender Jeff Dimmen, senior defender Josh Van Dyk and senior center Tanner House in the prestigious club after his appearance in Saturday’s game against Northeastern.
What was believed to be a weakness coming into the season has turned into a strength, as freshman goalie Dan Sullivan has played superbly between the pipes, allowing no more than two goals in each of his last five appearances, none of which the Black Bears lost.
The Eagles are coming off a weekend that saw them split a series with the University of Vermont. The loss in the latter game saw their national ranking drop from sixth to ninth.
Forward Cam Atkinson leads the attack for the Eagles, scoring once in each game against the Catamounts. Atkinson is the only Eagle to reach double-digits this year with 12, as 16 other Eagles have recorded a point this season.
The first game gets underway Friday at 7 p.m. and the series finishes Sunday at 1 p.m.