Vermont, which travels to Conte Forum for a game against No. 5 Boston College Friday, has an emerging star goaltender in freshman Brody Hoffman. Hoffman, who hails from Wilkie, Saskatchewan, has 30 or more saves in 11 contests this season. He has totaled 464 saves, an average of 27.3 per game, in league play which is tops among Hockey East netminders . . . After a busy Friday, there is just one Hockey East game scheduled for Saturday (Merrimack at UNH) and one Sunday (UMass-Lowell at Maine) because of the Beanpot, which begins Monday. How much juice the winners can take out of the tournament remains to be seen. “There have been two types of [bumps],’’ said Bertagna. “It’s been the BU type, a good team that just starts to play better then because they have such [an affinity] for that event. Then, occasionally there’s the team that’s not having a very good year at all and the Beanpot kind of is a season in itself. If you can win the Beanpot, it gives you an opportunity on a big stage to kind of make your season.’’
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