Third-ranked Boston College defeated cross-town rival Boston University 3-2 on Friday night. Here's what happened in other Hockey East and local college action:
Vermont 2, Massachusetts 1
At Gutterson Fieldhouse, the host Catamounts (5-12-4) grabbed a 2-0 lead on strikes by Josh Burrows and Jack Downing, and then hung on for a 2-1 win over the UMass Minutemen (5-12-3) and two key points in Hockey East play. UMass’ Conor Sheary cut the Catamounts’ lead in half just 30 seconds after Downing's tally, but it would be the last puck to get by UVM’s Rob Madore. Madore finished with 28 saves to preserve the Catamount win, while UMass' Paul Dainton had 26 in the loss. The two teams meet again on Saturday in Burlington.
UMass Lowell 6, No. 14 Merrimack 4
The River Hawks (3-18-2) hung tough with the 14th-ranked Warriors (13-5-4), going into the second period tied 1-1 and then pulling out to leads of 3-1 and 4-2 lead in the middle stanza. Merrimack came storming back to cut the margin to 4-3 before UMass Lowell’s Patrick Cey got the eventual game-winner at 11:23 in the third to seal the win for the River Hawks. Merrimack’s Mike Collins again cut the deficit to a single goal at 17:27, but Lowell’s David Vallorani added an insurance marker with an empty-net tally at 19:24. Lowell’s Doug Carr finished with 25 saves, while Merrimack’s Joe Cannata had 27 for the Warriors. Lowell is back in action on Saturday, facing off against Boston College at Conte Forum.
No. 7 New Hamsphire 4, Providence 3 (OT)
The visiting Friars (7-10-5) took advantage of early UNH penalties to jump out to an early 2-0 lead on power-play strikes by Matt Germain and Kyle MacKinnon. But the seventh-ranked Wildcats (13-4-4) clawed their way back to tie the game in regulation, setting the stage for heroics by Paul Thompson, who scored his 17th goal of the season with only 46 seconds left in overtime to give UNH the win at home. UNH’s Matt DiGirolamo had 22 saves for his 13th win of the year, while Friar Alex Beaudry kept Providence in the game with 31 stops. The Wildcats take on Boston University on Saturday, while Providence plays the United States national under-18 team in an exhibition match on Sunday.
No. 13 RPI 3, Harvard 2
Ted Donato’s season of discontent continues at Harvard. Despite outshooting the Engineers 38-16, the Crimson (3-14-0, 2-10-0 ECAC Hockey) fell to host Rensselaer, 3-2. RPI’s attack was led by Chase Polacek, who tallied twice for the Engineers (14-6-3, 6-5-0 ECAC Hockey), including the game-winner. RPI goaltender Allen York stood tall, stopping 36 shots, while the anemic Harvard power play sputtered, scoring on only one of eight man-advantage opportunities.