Hockey East roundup: York ties NCAA wins record as BC earns split; UNH, UMass triumphant on the road

Boston College 5, Boston University 2
Junior Bill Arnold scored two goals on the man-advantage and Jerry York tied Ron Mason's NCAA Division I coaching record with his 924th career victory as the Eagles bounced back for a weekend split of the Terriers at Kelley Rink. Following BU's 4-2 win on Friday, the teams split their weekend home-and-home series and BC clinched the Hockey East season series, thanks to a victory on the road on Nov. 11. As a team, the Eagles scored on four of their eight power plays, while junior Kevin Hayes' three assists and senior Parker Milner's 21 saves topped the club on the night. Additionally, freshmen Teddy Doherty and Brendan Silk tallied their first goals of their collegiate careers. Sophomores Cason Hohmann and Evan Rodrigues scored goals for the Terriers and Matt O'Connor made 31 stops in the net. York needs just one more win to break the record that was said to be unbreakable and the entire college hockey world will be on Providence's Schneider Arena next Friday to see if that will be the site of the milestone. BU returns to the ice at Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H. on Thursday, before hosting Maine in a special 8 p.m. start two nights later.

Read Gethin Coolbaugh's feature on the milestone.


Massachusetts 6, Northeastern 3
Huskies rookie Kevin Roy scored twice on home ice, but two from Minuteman senior co-captain Rocco Carzo helped propel the visitors to their first win in Matthews Arena since Jan. 10, 2010. With the victory, the Minutemen improved to just one game below .500 at 5-6-2 on the season overall as they picked up just their third win in the last six games. UMass sophomore Kevin Boyle picked up his fifth win of the season, making 32 saves, including 15 in the second period. In their highest scoring output and first road victory of the season, the Minutemen were also highlighted by freshman K.J. Tiefenwerth, who scored his first-collegiate goal (with 20 seconds left in the first period) and added two assists. The Huskies, now 5-8-1 on the season, look to get back on the winning track at UMass-Lowell next Saturday, while UMass welcomes Colgate to Mullins Center for a weekend series.


Merrimack 2, Providence 1
Sophomore Josh Myers scored the game-winning goal at 7:16 of the third period to lift the Warriors to a crucial road victory over the Friars at Schneider Arena, earning a split of the weekend series with both teams winning away from home. After resting in Friday's overtime loss in North Andover, sophomore Rasmus Tirronen made this start and posted a career-high 34 saves as he earned his second victory of the season. With the victory, which also saw Brian Christie score for the first time in his career, the Warriors improved to 3-0 when leading after 40 minutes of play. It also marked the first time Merrimack had earned a victory at the appropriately-nicknamed "Coffin" since Mar. 5, 2010 - a 5-0 shutout. Next Friday, the Blue and Gold welcome Harvard Crimson to Lawler Arena for the first time in program history, while Providence hosts Boston College.

New Hampshire 5, UMass-Lowell 2
Junior Dalton Speelman scored a pair of goals, thanks to assists from sophomore Grayson Downing, to pace the offense for the No. 2 Wildcats in another victory, this time over the River Hawks at Tsongas Center. The win improves UNH, which now rides an eight-game unbeaten streak (7-0-1) into a Thursday night match with Boston University, to 11-1-2 overall and 7-1-1 in Hockey East. The one loss is the fewest by a UNH team in program history through 14 games and the Wildcats are now the lone team in the nation with one loss or less on the season. Junior Shayne Thompson and freshman Michael Colantone were the lone River Hawks to beat sophomore Casey DeSmith (34 saves) of the Wildcats in the game.

Vermont 2, Maine 2 (OT)
Black Bear senior Joey Diamond scored the equalizing goal just 71 seconds into the first period as Maine was able to salvage a single point from the visiting Catamounts in the weekend series at Alfond Arena. Despite allowing the New York native's third goal of the season (and one to freshman Ben Hutton in the second period), UVM rookie Brody Hoffman was spectacular with 36 saves in net. Hoffman has made at least 30 saves in four consecutive games as his squad wrapped up a grueling stretch of seven games in 16 days. With senior alternate captain Tobias Nilsson-Roos netting his first goal of the season, Vermont has had 15 different goal scorers this season in 13 games.

Joshua Kummins is the Hockey East beat writer and a weekend editor for SB Nation Boston. Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaKummins.

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