Whatever happens this weekend will just add to the rivalry.
“More recently because of the competitiveness and how close we are and how often we’ve played them in games that mean a lot, I think these guys have become really good rivals,” said Pearl. “Our guys are definitely looking forward to the weekend.’’
Both teams are disciplined. Holy Cross ranks second in the nation in averaging just 9.18 penalty minutes per game, and Bentley is third with 9.33.
Bobcats riding high
No. 2 Quinnipiac (18-3-3) entered a nine-day break with the highest ranking in program history and the nation’s longest unbeaten streak (15-0-2). The Bobcats next play on Feb. 1 at Brown, the first of four straight on the road. The Bobcats have the second-best penalty killing percentage in the nation (91.2) but they’ve also had a lot of practice. They are the third-most penalized team with 16.33 PIM per game . . . Boston University junior defenseman Garrett Noonan will sit out a weekend’s home-and-home series against Providence. Noonan was ejected from Saturday’s loss to UMass-Lowell for spearing goaltender Doug Carr and given a disqualification, which carries an automatic one-game suspension. Hockey East tacked on an additional one game. Noonan will be eligible to return on Feb. 1 at UMass . . . No. 4 New Hampshire heads into a weekend series against Merrimack as the nation’s top penalty killing team. The Wildcats have killed off 64 of 69 power plays (92.8 percent) . . . No. 15 UMass-Lowell puts its nine-game winning streak on the line this weekend against Northeastern.
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