Allen Lessels on College Hockey: Wildcats already in playoff mode
This weekend wraps up the Hockey East regular season and the Wildcats are vying to move up to a top-four spot in the league standings.
“We’ve seen it multiple times over the last couple of years,” he said.
Your team gets hot at the right time and you can go places. This will be a good weekend for us to get our momentum going, play a good team in their place and with a good atmosphere and take us right into the playoffs and go from there.”
If the Wildcats can win their two games against Merrimack, and Providence can take a least one point in its series at Maine, UNH will slip into at least the fourth spot. If the Wildcats slip to the sixth or seventh spot, they will face a one-game playoff game at home next weekend.Dick Umile’s team must go deep into the Hockey East playoffs, and may have to win the league tournament, to make the NCAA tournament.
“They’re a very dangerous team and down there, they’re even more dangerous,” Umile said. “How we handle the puck will be very important. Things happen fast in that arena.”
Umile was pleased with how the team played, especially on defense, in the Monday game.
Junior defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, who broke his ankle in a game against Union on Jan. 18, is still a ways from playing, Umile said. The Wildcats are also missing sophomore forward Collin MacDonald, who broke the femur in his right leg during practice on Feb. 16.
THE Dartmouth men have a four-game unbeaten streak going into the last two games of the regular season at Cornell on Friday and at Colgate on Saturday.
The Big Green are tied for 10th place in the ECAC with Harvard, two points behind St. Lawrence in ninth and three behind Brown in eighth.
Junior Tyler Sikura, in his first game back from a knee injury that has kept him out since late December, scored 51 seconds into overtime to give Dartmouth a 2-1 win over Brown last Friday.
The Dartmouth women are at Clarkson for a best-of-three ECAC quarterfinal series on Friday and Saturday, Sunday if necessary.
Dartmouth is the No. 8 seed in the league at 8-13-1 and Clarkson is No. 1 at 16-2-4.
The UNH women, the No. 8 seed in Hockey East with a 4-15-2 record, play a single game quarterfinal playoff against No. 1 Boston College, 18-2-1, today.Katie King Crowley, the former softball and hockey star from Salem High School and Brown University and an Olympic hockey gold medalist, is in her seventh season as head coach at BC.