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Hockey East Standings Update

The league is largely up for grabs at this point in the season.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

As the calendar flips to the New Year, the Hockey East standings remain bunched, with UConn men’s hockey firmly in the middle.

Hockey East Standings

Team Games Played Record Points Points per game
Team Games Played Record Points Points per game
Boston College 13 10-3-0 20 1.54
Northeastern 12 8-3-1 17 1.42
Providence 11 6-4-1 13 1.18
Boston University 13 6-6-1 13 1.00
UMass Lowell 12 6-6-0 12 1.00
UConn 14 5-8-1 11 0.79
Maine 9 4-4-1 9 1.00
New Hampshire 10 4-5-1 9 0.90
UMass 7 3-4-0 6 0.86
Merrimack 10 2-6-2 6 0.60
Vermont 9 1-6-2 4 0.44

“I think our league is wide open,” UConn head coach Mike Cavanaugh said.

The Huskies sit sixth in the 11-team league, two points away from a tie with No. 11 Providence and Boston University for third, but are merely five points up on ninth-place UMass, a team that has seven games in hand on them.

The top five teams get a first-round bye and the top four get home ice in the quarterfinals. Sixth-place through eighth-place will host the first round against the bottom three in the conference.

The Huskies, who have home-and-home series with Merrimack, New Hampshire, and Providence left as well as single games against Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern, and UMass, like their chances.

“I don’t think anyone has proved to run away with it. You watch the scores in our league and anybody can beat anyone on a given night.”

Merrimack, who has just five wins on the year, has taken down multiple ranked teams, including No. 2 Denver on the road on Friday and then-No. 13 New Hampshire before the semester break. They also have ties with then-No. 8 Northeastern, No. 9 Minnesota-Duluth, and No. 10 Providence.

Hockey East is the living embodiment of the saying “they don’t play games on paper” and coach Cavanaugh is aware of this.

“Top-five get a bye and we have the potential to do that. We also have the potential to go on the road in the first round,” he said after their contest with No. 14 Boston College on Saturday.

The Huskies played very well headed into the semester break, but were unable to do so in their first game out, losing 2-0 to No. 14 Boston College on Saturday. The team thinks it will only be a matter of time before they recapture the style of play that led them to win five games out of six.

“We won five of six before the break and everyone played as a team. Everyone was on the same page,” Maxim Letunov said. “I think, down the stretch, we’ll find the same chemistry and we’ll be successful.”