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These are the three things I think I learned from this all-or-nothing weekend.

1. The All: Teams swept all four league series

Hockey East is typically so tough top to bottom that it’s extremely difficult to take four points from a league foe. That, however, is exactly what happened this weekend in all four league series.

Boston College, Boston University, Massachusetts-Lowell and Massachusetts all swept, giving themselves big boosts in the standings. All but the Minutemen rest tied atop the league standings with six points, and they’re a point behind with five.

That said, the number of league games played so far varies widely so it’s really BC (3-0-0) in first and Lowell (2-0-2) in second.

And when you see that Eagles goaltender Thatcher Demko has now shut teams out in six of the last seven games, it’s clear which team is in unquestionably the best shape.

2. The Nothing: Four teams got swept in league play

If four teams did the sweeping, it’s pretty basic math that four teams got swept. Taking the broom into the lower reaches of the standings were Maine (at the hands of BC), Northeastern (at the hands of BU), Vermont (at the hands of Lowell), and Connecticut (at the hands of UMass).

All four clubs have concerns. UConn lost to the most lightly regarded of the foes. Vermont took its sweeping at home, where it is now a stunning 0-6-1.

But I’d argue the greatest concern has to lie at Northeastern and to a lesser extent Maine. Going in reverse, one can forgive the Black Bears for getting shut out by a BC team that has become a defensive juggernaut, especially since they were on the road. Still, there’s no way to sugarcoat an overall 0-6-3 record.

As for Northeastern, so much better than 1-7-1 overall was expected this year. The Huskies rank a clear first in the Biggest Disappointment category.

3. Nonconference play was a mixed bag.

Including a mid-week battle, Merrimack collected four points outside of Hockey East, moving to a surprising 5-1-2 overall. Kudos to the Warriors.

Notre Dame hosted Minnesota and won on Friday but couldn’t complete the sweep, falling one night later.

New Hampshire took it on the chin at Michigan State, losing 5-0 and 7-4. Giving up 12 goals on a weekend is never a good thing. It’s particularly ominous for a team with as high expectations as UNH.

  • Billymbrew

    I thought he was showing character by returning to school to finish his education?

    • B.D.

      And?
      Surprisingly, when I was a hockey camp counselor at UND in the 80’s we had several of the pro’s who were resident instructors on site who disappeared various times throughout the day.
      THey were attending summer school to finish up. Did they somehow fail in your eyes because they did not finish their senior years but rather chose to join the pro’s for the last weeks of the year?
      If so, you might relook your priorities.

      • Billymbrew

        Sioux fans argued that he showed character by returning to school for an education with his teammates rather than turning pro. However once his hockey season was done he left. I am saying that the character argument was flawed and I am happy the Hobey panel saw that as well.

        • B.D.

          So turning down a lucrative contract in some manner show’s character?
          I would say it would show foolishness and lack of clear logic.

          • Billymbrew

            The sioux fans said that was why he should win the Hobey. I am pointing out that even if it did show character he didn’t do it.

  • Jrobs

    Frattin lost 2-0. Not 1-0. Just in case anyone forgot.

  • Where Eagles Dare

    What else could an Eagle ask for…the Irish and Timid Sue out in the same night. It’s funny, all the obnoxious ND fans are back in their caves, until they go for another run in 9 years.

    Good luck, suckers!

    • Talk about loser, the aforementioned troll is a poster boy for losers every where.

    • SiouxAlumDenver

      This coming from a guy whose team got SMOKED by a middle of the road WCHA team in the first round but wants to talk $hit to everyone else?

  • psh

    Very classy of the team and staff to stay behind to support Frattin. Nice touch. And it was touching to see what salt-of-the-earth people Frattin’s parents were. Stark contrast to the others. Congrats to Miele, too. Deserving winner.

    • Scott Fitzgerald

      i’m going to the leaf vs habs tonight..Frattin will get a long standing ovation if he gets a Goal tonight ! Watch the game. I’m a Union Fan..but ND has a great team..they will be back..

  • SiouxPerMan

    I guess some people think anyone who didn’t win the Hobey or the national championship is a loser. By that yardstick, all but one player in college hockey is a loser. Why do we watch a bunch of losers play? Does that make us losers? Me, I like the game and seeing a player’s individual and team skills. I’d rather play but my playing days are over. Great season for my Sioux.

  • Guest 2

    Why all the hostility? Friday night at the X was very enjoyable. The 3 finalist were all very gracious young men. Miele and Frattin were particularly nice to my sons. Good luck as they embark on exciting careers! GO BULLDOGS!!!

    • B.D.

      He has anger issues. Perhaps a UND player is dating his ex girlfriend? Or perhaps he believes HE should be the focus of attention placed on Sioux players?
      Regardless, for the amount of hatred he shows, he must be disgruntled homeboy.