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UConn Men’s Hockey One Step Closer to Hosting in Playoffs

The Huskies are getting hot at the right time.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

UConn men’s hockey is on a roll, as they completed the season sweep with a strong 4-2 win over No. 11 Northeastern on Friday night. It’s the first time they have strung this many wins together since 2001-02 and with just two regular-season wins to go, the streak can’t come at a better time.

With its win over Northeastern, UConn accomplished two firsts for the program. They won inside Matthews Arena for the first time, after losing their previous five Hockey East games there by a combined score of 26-5, not including a pair of shellackings before these Huskies made the jump to Hockey East. In their fourth Hockey East season, UConn has now only failed to win on the road against Boston College and Merrimack.

The Huskies also reached 10 conference wins for the first time and beat last year’s conference point total.

This team also has six consecutive victories. The last time UConn did that was from Jan. 25-Feb. 9, 2002 with weekend sweeps against Fairfield, who had six wins that year, Bentley, owner of four more, and a 13-win Iona team. This streak looks a little different, with wins on the road against then-No. 10 Providence as well as this one over Northeastern and another upset of a ranked team at home against then-No. 16 Boston College.

Standings Update

The Hockey East standings are clearing up as the remaining 10 Hockey East teams get multiple games in each weekend combined with midweek dates to catch up to UConn in games played. While the Huskies are the only team with 22 games under their belt, every other team has now hit 20.

UConn is currently sitting in a tie for fifth. If they finish fifth or higher, they get a first-round bye in the Hockey East Tournament and should they finish in the top four, they would host a best-of-three quarterfinal. If they finish eighth or higher they’ll host a best-of-three series in the first round.

Hockey East Standings

Team Games Played Record Points Points per game
Team Games Played Record Points Points per game
Boston College 20 14-6-0 28 1.40
Providence 21 11-6-4 26 1.24
Northeastern 20 11-6-3 25 1.25
Boston University 20 10-7-3 23 1.15
UConn 22 10-11-1 21 0.95
Maine 20 9-8-3 21 1.05
UMass Lowell 20 10-10-0 20 1.00
Vermont 20 6-9-5 17 0.85
New Hampshire 20 5-10-5 15 0.75
UMass 21 7-12-2 15 0.71
Merrimack 20 5-13-2 12 0.60

The only teams UConn did not earn a point against this year are Merrimack and UMass Lowell. Just this month, Vermont beat Providence, Merrimack topped Maine on the road, UMass tied Boston University away from home and then followed it up with a shutout of UMass Lowell the next night.

A best-of-three series tends to favor the higher seed, especially when all three games are on their home ice, but the league is open enough where almost anyone has the opportunity to end up in Boston for the semifinals.

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UConn (14-16-2, 10-11-1 Hockey East) plays Boston University in their next action at the XL Center on Friday. Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m. on WTIC 1080 AM and ESPN3.