Speaking of Merrimack, the campus is getting a significant makeover. The school is in the midst of a $30 million building project, $14 million of which is related to athletics. Among the upgrades are a practice rink, a merchandise area, a pro shop, and four new luxury boxes above the student section. The school is turning its 800-square-foot weight room into a 5,000-square-foot weight room. Because of an increasing interest in sports medicine, the school is adding a 10,000-square-foot training room and teaching space in that discipline. Work is expected to be completed next summer . . . In a rematch of the 2012 Hockey East championship game, No. 1 Boston College (4-1-0, 4-1-0) will travel to Maine (1-6-0, 0-2-0) for a game at Alfond Arena Friday night. Despite the Eagles winning the league title on the way to the NCAA championship, Maine won the season series last year, 2-1 . . . Canisius sophomore Matthew Grazen received stern punishment for his hit from behind on Air Force junior George Michalke, who suffered a head injury and was taken off the ice on a stretcher on Oct. 25. In addition to the one-game ban against Minnesota, Atlantic Hockey commissioner Bob DeGregorio tacked on seven additional contests, including the Feb. 15 and 16 games against Air Force . . . Provided they remain healthy this weekend, UMass senior cocaptains Rocco Carzo and Kevin Czepiel will reach the 100-career game mark on Sunday when the Minutemen travel to Conte Forum to face Boston College at 4 p.m.
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