November 23, 2005
Take Two

By Jeff Howe

 Hockey East Notebook

National TV Schedule

It may not have been the most ideal Thanksgiving dinner for friends Don Cahoon and Jack Parker last year, as the two brought their respective teams out to Colorado for a post-Turkey dinner dessert with Denver and Colorado College, but UMass and BU can digest their stuffing in their own barns for the series this year.

On Friday night, the Minutemen will host Colorado College while the Terriers welcome in Denver, and they will switch up their opponents on Saturday night. While Parker and Cahoon wanted to package a deal with the two national powers out west, they are probably hoping their stale feast last year doesn’t snowball into food poisoning this weekend.

UMass lost to the Tigers, 3-1, on Nov. 26, 2004, before getting drubbed by the Pioneers, 6-1, the next night. Boston University faced a similar fate, losing a 4-1 decision at Denver before dropping a 7-3 game to CC on Saturday.

Great Weekend Getaway
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Colorado College and Denver at Boston University and Massachusetts
Depending on which side of the state you live on, head out to Agganis Arena to watch the Terriers take on Denver and Colorado College, or stroll down to the Mullins Center to see the Minutemen do the same thing.

While You’re in Amherst: Jump on I-91 and take a 10-minute drive to the National Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield where the UMass hoops team will play UAB in the annual Tip-Off Classic at 1 p.m. on Friday.

While You're in Boston: Hey, since Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, contribute to the cause and break the bank down on Newbury Street, one of the most high profile spots in the country. Or, if you want your friends to think you just spent the day on Newbury Street but don’t want to shell out all that dough, find the right street merchants who will make all of your dreams come true with “Rolex watches” and “Armani suits” for no more than you’ll spend on a pretzel at Agganis.

Stick Salute

If John Madden were a hockey analyst, he would say something to the effect of, “To beat a team like UNH, you really need to outscore them.” UMass Lowell’s top line of Jeremy Hall, Jason Tejchma and Bobby Robbins did just that over the weekend, particularly in Saturday’s win to give UML a series split. The trio put in a 4-7—11 effort, half of the team’s point total, over the weekend to outscore UNH’s heralded top line performance of 1-3—4, but on Saturday, the three River Hawks scored three goals and added six assists in the 6-3 win.

Bench Minor

Merrimack’s 3-0 loss to Vermont on Friday night dropped its league record to 0-4-0 and extended its Hockey East losing streak to an eye-gouging 19 consecutive games. The Warriors haven’t earned a league point since their 2-2 tie at Maine on Dec. 3, 2004, and they haven’t won an HEA contest since their 5-2 victory over UMass since Nov. 6, 2004, going 0-23-1 in the league since then.

Don’t expect the WCHA powers to give some extra thanks to their Hockey East foes this weekend by passing an additional slice of pumpkin pie, though, as Colorado College is in the third slot of the latest INCH Power Rankings while the Pioneers lay at No. 13. Neither UM or BU are on the list.


• UMass was out-shot by Vermont 31-11, got its lone scoring from a pair of freshmen and had to play in one of the most hostile environments in the league after traveling four hours north of its Amherst campus – yet the Minutemen stole a 2-1 decision from the Catamounts by way of Chris Davis’ third career goal with just under three minutes left in the game.

• BU has scored two goals in five consecutive games, going 1-2-2 in that stretch, including two straight ties after falling behind 2-0 in each game – first to Providence on Friday night and then to Harvard on Tuesday.

• Last Tuesday marked the first time in over three years that the Friars have knocked off Northeastern, as the 2-1 advantage ended a seven-game winless stretch, in which they were 0-3-4 against the Huskies.

• New Hampshire’s 6-3 loss at Lowell on Saturday night means that UMass, which stands at 3-7-0 overall and 2-5-0 in the conference, is the hottest team in Hockey East with a two-game winning streak. Merrimack’s three-game losing streak has it anchored on the other half of that list.

• Former BC defenseman and current Boston Bruins rookie Andrew Alberts recorded his first career NHL point Saturday night when he picked up an assist on a P.J. Axelsson’s second-period goal.

A variety of sources were utilized in the compilation of this report. Inside College Hockey offers somewhat abbreviated notebooks this week as we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.