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This weekend marks the final two games of the season for the Friars, as they have a home and away series against conference rival UMass Amherst. The team has been playing much better as of late, and look poised to make another run at a championship this season. The Friars were able to remain unbeaten in the month of February after two exciting wins over Notre Dame last weekend.
In the past weekend, the Friars were able to show that they are a legitimate team, who knows how to win. On Friday night, the team trailed 2-0 late in the third period, but in the final seven minutes of the contest, they miraculously tied it up. The goals to tie it up came from Brandon Tanev and Brian Pinho, and then in overtime, Trevor Mingoia lit the lamp for a 3-2 final and a Friar win. The second game of the weekend series was not as tough on the Friars as game one. The Friars were able to get out to an early 1-0 lead on a goal by freshman Erik Foley. After a goal by Brandon Tanev, the team jumped out to a two nothing lead before Notre Dame got one back. Then, late in the third period, the Friars got their insurance goal from Kevin Rooney, capturing a HUGE 3-1 victory.
After two big wins over 7th ranked Notre Dame, the Friars are looking sharp. This weekend’s games appear to simply be a tune up for the playoffs at this point, as the Friars currently sit just one point off the lead in the Hockey East behind Boston College. If the team was able to get the top spot, it would be a great sign for them heading into the Hockey East tournament, which they have not won since 1996.
– K. Troy